Justice League: The Unity Edition

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Original Release Date:
2017 / 2021
Original Running Time:
240
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
136
Time Cut:
100
Time Added:
4
Subtitles Available?
Available in HD?
Brief Synopsis:
This fan edit uses the Snyder Cut as the foundational source but transitions over the course of the edit into the Whedon third act.
Intention:
I have a deep life long love for DC Comics and their heroes. And since I have been experiencing their adventures for almost 5 decades, I view DC's iconic heroes with a very specific lens. While I was initially very excited for a Big Screen adaptation of the Justice League, I was ultimately frustrated and disappointed by BOTH versions. In particular, I do not like Snyder's interpretation of Superman. Thus, I decided to make my own version by uniting the elements I enjoyed from each film and trying to give them a new tone that appeals to my Bronze Age sensibilities.
Other Sources:
Used a couple seconds of AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON.
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features
There is an 8 minute Pre-Show before the Fan Edit.
Editing Details:
My approach was story and character first, cool stuff second.
Balance drama with light heartedness while eliminating the more moronic moments.
Focus on making our characters more classically heroic instead of grimdark by lots of little trims and new underlying music.
For better or worse, I used the Arrowverse as my inspiration and model.
:)
Cuts and Additions:
I don't like to give detailed cut lists, as I think surprise should be part of the viewing experience.

But I will say this:
Almost every scene is a unity of Snyder and Whedon footage.
The entire fan edit has been given a new colour grading.
The fan edit builds towards the Whedon third act.
The first hour is completely reorganized/restructured.
There is tons of new or swapped music;
--Whedon scenes now have Snyder music and Snyder scenes have Whedon music
--new music themes for Cyborg (Tron Legacy) and The Flash (from the television series)
--there are FOUR needle drop/James Gunn style scenes. And it should be noted, stylistically I prefer the music to be loud in the foreground with SFX at the bare minimum in these types of scenes. Why do I like it this way? Blame Airwolf! lol (also, technically it makes hiding original soundtrack bleed easier)
There are Custom End Credits
There are THREE post-credit scenes
The Unity Edition Trailer

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This is the Justice League I wanted. Everything flowed so much better, the coloring was better, it was serious when it needed to be and light hearted when it needed to be. Enough of Cyborgs storyline was kept in tact I doubt even the actor would be mad at this cut like he was with the Whedon cut. I am glad the vision/future stuff was removed, it really broke the momentum of the movie. The music selections were appropriate and tugged nicely on the strings they were intended to (seriously just let the end credits play). This was a solid 10/10. My only complaint is losing the end credit scene from the Snyder cut with J'onn J'onzz in it but with 3 end credit scenes I know it had to go for length.

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Solid edit, combining the best from both movies, cuts and transitions between the two are perfectly unnoticeable. I miss some of the scenes from ZSJL, especially Into the Speed Force, but it doesn't really fit with this 3rd act, so I'm cool with it. Loved that you kept some jokes to keep it a little more light-hearted without falling into pure Whedonian cheese. The soundtrack is a huge upgrade, quite a kick-ass musical taste you have. Overall, extremely well-crafted homage edit to Bronze Age DC comics, highly recommend it.

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Having grown up during the Comic Bronze Age, I was waiting to watch this edit, and it has surpassed my expectations.

Just in two words: A masterpiece.

BionicBob has accomplished a truly entertaining and wonderful edit of both JL movies, a real pleasure for the senses and it really makes "JUSTICE" to the comics of the above mentioned Age.

Since the very beginning I was hooked, I really love the flashbacks with Lois and Superman from BvS, they really match the interpretation of Superman with whom I grew up, now he is not a dark superhero, he is the light, he is the way it is supposed to be , he is a beacon for humanity, he is a symbol of hope.

The tone, the pacing, the colour grading and the music selection are just great.

The new colour grade fits very well with BionicBob's vision of the JL, and it is an homage to the 80s movies in where the blue tone was predominant, I really love it.

The music selection, from "(Don't) Fear the Ripper" to "Hurt" and the epic music cue from Tron: Legacy for Victor Stone make this edit a much better version of both JL movies. And of course "You're the best" from Karate Kid in the final act is pure emotion.

While watching this edit, I did not miss any of the scenes that are on both JL versions, the pacing is very good and it builds up the hype for the final act, the confrontation with Steppenwolf.

Also, I did like the humour scenes that BionicBob has left from the JL TC, they fit very well, because at the end this is an homage to the Bronze Age.

From now on, BionicBob's Justice League edit will be my go-to version.

If you have grown up in the 70s and the 80s or if you are a true fan of DC comics, this edit is a must watch.

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Bionic Bob takes a crack at making a Bronze Age cut of the DCEU’s Justice League, & like most of his edits, it’s a lot of fun. There’s a bunch of new music added in, from Don’t Fear the Reaper at the beginning & You’re the Best during the assault on Steppenwolf’s stronghold.

In addition, less related to the edit, but since the release of the Snyder Cut, there seems to be a rejection of anything related to the Whedon cut, which I must disagree with. At the very least, the reshoots have a good sense of economic storytelling, from Batman hunting the parademon & reminding us of his guilt from BvS at the start to seeing his frailty over barely being able to be a hero anymore later on, it’s good humanizing moments & not the unapproachable godlike being that Snyder seems to go for.

Also, between this edit & the JL Grindhouse edit, I say I prefer placing Bruce recruiting Aquaman until after he hears the backstory from Diana, logic be darned. Frankly, I’m surprised Bob didn’t use Jim Gordon’s line about Batman “working well with others AGAIN” from the trailer didn’t make it in here, since a Batman that’s a team player seems right up there with Bob’s sensibilities

That said, however, there IS Snyder stuff I prefer/Whedon stuff that makes me wince. For instance, the reshoot of Lois & Martha at the Daily Planet. While I prefer Lois Lane not shutting after losing the man of her life, I find the scene too bright (especially given the otherwise great recoloring of this edit), and the “my source isn’t a she” bit feels especially pointless in this version (though, I want to say there was new music at the end of the scene, which, regardless if it’s new or not, was nice).

Next up, Barry Allen. I find Whedon’s take on Barry to be too much of a random, whiny kid character, speaking bad Russian, complaining about his low blood sugar, or saying a fist bump with Cyborg would be “racially charged” (which, if what Ray Fisher said about Joss Whedon is true, is just extra cringey). However, I do accept the brunch bit, since it gives us Barry complaining about how people are too slow for him. I think that wrinkle of his character would work especially well with some Snyder scenes, like pushing people up the stairs or quick stepping out of the way from Parademon fire.

And while I love the new music choices, I still find Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” overplayed at this point, especially since Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine has pretty much earned that song from now until the next 20 plus role reprisal of a comic book character. Plus, there’s literally a song by Crash Test Dummies called “Superman’s Song,” about the bleak possibility of their never being another figure like Superman to bring hope to the world ever again, which would’ve been perfect for this edit.

Speaking of Superman, the moustace. I don’t mind it when Superman is holding up Batman, since he’s *supposed* to be intimidating & unsettling there, but when he’s trying to be all “yes, ma’am” charming with Lois on the farm he turns into a monster man I just want to see die in a fire (he looks fine in the final battle, though). I also missed the “I’ll take [the ring] as a yes,” moment from the Snyder Cut.

To wrap up, the last part I want to talk about is Vic Stone. I appreciate keeping what you could from the Snyder Cut, like him going into the Mother Box, but it doesn’t feel as impactful to me. I’d say it has to be because the framing in that scene is still focused on Victor & his family, rather than Victor’s mom & a fully human Victor. It might’ve been better reframe that scene so those two aspects are the focus when Vic first enters the the Boxes.

Also, not sure how much compositing would be required, but it would be great if we had the shot of Cyborg from the Snyder Cut flying into the sky, with a smile on his face, & then Superman seeing him & deciding to join him in the air. Bonus points for fulfilling Jor-El’s statement about humanity joining Clark in the sun & accomplishing wonders (then again, anything would be better than the tepid narration from Lois at the end of the Theatrical cut).

Overall, I still enjoy what this edit stands for more than a lot of Snyder Cut purist edits do, even if there’s stuff from the Snyder Cut I do prefer. My ideal JL edit would have red & blue Superman, Flash entering the Speed Force, & the entirety of Victor’s story (“F*&# the world” & all). Until then, this will be my go-to JL edit.

So there you have it: Become a Fan of Justice Today!j

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Just watched it, and... i kinda love it! I think you did a pretty great job on implementing the "Bronze Age" idea for the edit, both Snyder and Whedon footages are perfectly remixed IMO. I kinda wish you keep the Speed Force scene for the third act, cause it was one of the biggest thing i love about ZSJL, it would've been so cool if you bring in "Holding Out for a Hero" or any similar song as a replacement theme, but i understand, even if you intend to keep it, it would not be easy to edit since Kal wears the black suit in the scene, even the entire battle environment and aesthetics looked different in both versions lol. I'm glad that you keep Darkseid's scene as a mid-credits scene, it works better like that. Oh and yeah, that custom end credits was great, i totally love it. So yeah, It was a fun experience overall, i think i'll come back to this edit whenever i need a light and quick rewatch for live-action JL content. Thank you for letting me watch it, much appreciated!

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