Zack Snyder's Justice League

2021 film directed by Zack Snyder

Zack Snyder's Justice League often referred to as the "Snyder Cut", is the 2021 director's cut of the 2017 American superhero film Justice League. It presents Justice League — the fifth film of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) and based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name — as director Zack Snyder had intended it before he left the production.

I don't care how many demons he's fought in how many hells. He's never fought us. Not us united.
Bruce Wayne
"I have come to enlighten you to the great darkness! I will bathe in your fear!"
"Daughters of Themyscira, show him your fear!"
"We have no fear!"
Steppenwolf to the Amazons
Directed by Zack Snyder. Written by Chris Terrio. Story by Zack Snyder, Chris Terrio and Will Beall.


I'm not broken... and I'm not alone.
I belong to no one.
Wonder Woman
"All the hopes and dreams of Krypton live in you now."
"I'm so proud of you, son."
"Your mother and I loved you."
"Your mother and I knew you would change the world."
"Your heart was tested."
"I know it's been hard, Clark."
"But you gave hope to their world."
"You need to show them who you are."
"Love them, Kal. The way we loved you."
"Fly, son. It's time."
Steppenwolf: Defenders. They have failed one hundred thousand worlds. They always fail. I have come to enlighten you to the Great Darkness! I will bathe in your fear!
Hippolyta: Daughters of Themyscira... show him your fear!
Amazons: We have no fear!

Diana Prince: They said the age of heroes would never come again.
Bruce Wayne: [Determinedly] It will. It has to.

[Steppenwolf is trying to contact DeSaad in the power plant he's turning into a makeshift fortress.]
Steppenwolf: DeSaad. DeSaad! I call to thee.
[DeSaad appears in a lava-like hologram.]
DeSaad: Steppenwolf. Have you begun the conquest?
Steppenwolf: [evasively] This world is divided. They're a primitive species, unevolved and at war with one another. Too separate to be one. [clenches his fist] Their free will must be ripped from them, like the other worlds. Given absolution in one glorious belief: To serve him.
DeSaad: [completely unimpressed] The Mother Boxes?
Steppenwolf: I have found one of the three. The one that woke and called to me. The other two still sleep, but the Parademons... feel their presence. They fly. They search, they take prisoners who carry the scent while I build a stronghold in the name of his glory.
DeSaad: [sarcastically] Yes. "Mighty Steppenwolf", who might have sat here... by the side of the Great One. [inhales; scornfully] But undone by his self-pride.
Steppenwolf: [falls to his knees; pleadingly] DeSaad... I fall before you. Let me make a plea to him that I may come home... after I take this world in his name.
DeSaad: [condescendingly] You betrayed him. Your own family.
Steppenwolf: [angrily; full of guilt] I saw my mistake. I slaughtered those who sought his throne.
DeSaad: [coldly] You still owe the Great One 50,000 more worlds. He will hear your plea... when you pay your debt.
Steppenwolf: [rises from his knees; disappointed but resolved] The Mother Boxes will be found and united. No protectors here. No Lanterns. No Kryptonian. This world will fall, like all the others.
DeSaad: [deactivates the hologram] For Darkseid.
Steppenwolf: [determinately] For Darkseid.

Cyborg: [to Batman] I heard about you. Didn't think you were real.
Batman: I'm real when it's useful.

[Steppenwolf has finished building his makeshift stronghold and is updating DeSaad of his progress]
DeSaad: Steppenwolf, tell me what you've learned.
Steppenwolf: Two boxes found and awake. With the combined power of the two Mother Boxes, I've been able finish the stronghold's defenses.
DeSaad: [not concerned with such a trivial matter] Where is the third Mother Box?
Steppenwolf: The Parademons sense its presence and search for the third. They have taken prisoners who carry its scent.
DeSaad: [gestures for him to leave] Go. Interrogate the prisoners. Find the third.
Steppenwolf: [coldly] They will tell me what they know... or I will rip it from them.

DeSaad: Have you finished the conquest?
Steppenwolf: Not yet, DeSaad.
DeSaad: [growing impatient] Then why... do you summon me?
Steppenwolf: I bring news. Before mighty Darkseid came to the throne, he searched the universe for the ultimate weapon: The Anti-Life Equation. The key to controlling all life and all will throughout the Multiverse. He found it hidden on a primitive planet, but before he--
DeSaad: [annoyed] The story of the defiance is well-known.
Steppenwolf: [angrily; tired of DeSaad's disrespect] I have found the primitive planet. [slams his axe into the floor] The world that fought back. It is Earth. The Anti-Life Equation is carved into the surface of this very world.
DeSaad: [gasps; intrigued but skeptical] Are you certain?
Steppenwolf: I have seen it. I have looked... with my own eyes.

[Darkseid appears before Steppenwolf, causing the former general to stumble back in absolute shock as he retracts his helmet.]
Steppenwolf: [absolutely stunned; kneels] My Lord...
[Steppenwolf retracts his chest, torso, and upper bicep armor.]
Darkseid: [disparagingly] Oh, Steppenwolf.
Steppenwolf: [imploringly] My Lord, I am but your humble servant.
Darkseid: Can it be true that you have found it?
Steppenwolf: I have, Great One. The lost world... is Earth. Anti-Life... is here.
Darkseid: If it is redemption you seek, find the third box, synchronize the Unity, and when this world is scorched, I will come for my great prize.
Steppenwolf: [surprised; almost overjoyed] You will come to Earth?
Darkseid: I have turned 100,000 worlds to dust looking for Anti-Life, looking for those who robbed me of my glory. I will stride across their bones and bask in the glow of Anti-Life, and all of existence shall be mine.
Steppenwolf: [resolutely; determined to prove himself again] It shall be so, my master.

Bruce Wayne: [Alfred is fixing the Batplane] Any luck?
Alfred Pennyworth: If by luck, you mean chance in hell we'll get it flying today? Then no. No luck.
Bruce Wayne: It's okay. It doesn't matter. We're just gonna take the body to the Kryptonian ship. It's basically an organic computer, it can talk directly to the Mother Box.
Alfred Pennyworth: What? The way it talked to Lex Luthor?
Bruce Wayne: Something like that.
Alfred Pennyworth: Huh. What could possibly go wrong. Master Wayne, you did it. You put the team together to fight this war. You've fulfilled your promise. But to try to do that... I mean, your guilt's overcome your reason. Not all the kings horses nor all the kings men could...
Bruce Wayne: Alfred, for once I'm operating strictly on faith, not on reason.
Alfred Pennyworth: But if you start playing with this little box of tricks, I mean, it could be the end of everything. How do you know you're team's strong enough? If you can't bring down the charging bull, then don't wave the red cape at it.
Bruce Wayne: You do when it's this red cape. This red cape charges back.

Bruce Wayne: [on Superman] He'll be here, Alfred. I know it.
Alfred Pennyworth: What makes you so sure?
Bruce Wayne: Faith, Alfred. Faith.

[Superman arrives, wearing a black suit with a silver S symbol, at Bruce's Glasshouse, where Alfred is fixing Bruce's Aston Martin DB Mk III]
Superman: I'm assuming you're Alfred.
Alfred Pennyworth: Master Kent. He said you'd come. Now let's hope you're not too late.

[The Flash has been shot down by a parademon. Before the parademon can fire the killing shot, Batman takes out the parademon]
Batman: Barry. Barry! Are you alright?
The Flash: [stands up, gasping in pain] I got the wind knocked out of me. Need a few seconds, that's all!
[Cut back to Superman pummeling Steppenwolf into defeat and continuing to burn off bits of the latter's armor with his heat vision. Batman surveys from above, looking concerned as Cyborg struggles to pull apart the Unity of the Mother Boxes]
Cyborg: Ugh, Barry, where are you!? It's almost synchronized!
The Flash: Okay, Okay! [whispers] Oh my God, gotta heal, Barry! Heal! [Camera pans to the wound on The Flash's torso from the parademon's shot]
[As Wonder Woman and Aquaman continue to watch Superman and Cyborg, a blinding light appears behind them as a boom tube opens. Superman stops pummeling Steppenwolf to look at the portal. It is DARKSEID himself, turning around to look at the situation on Earth from his palace on Apokolips]
Cyborg: [desperately] BARRRRYYYYY!!
[Superman looks in desperation at Cyborg as the Mother Boxes then stop spinning.]
Cyborg: [defeatedly] It's too late.
[Wonder Woman shakes her head in disbelief]
Batman: Oh no! [grapples down in a final, desperate attempt to help]
Steppenwolf: [realizing the situation] He is here!
[The Mother Boxes complete their unity and begin to glow brightly. Cyborg looks in horror at the contraption in his hands before it explodes, beginning to wipe out the Earth as Wonder Woman yelps out in pain and horror]

[As the explosion reaches The Flash, he puts out his hand to phase through the destructive shockwave and looks behind him before realizing the Unity has happened]
The Flash: [turns around to look at the explosion] NO! [Finally heals his wound, grimacing in pain, then looks at the explosion with resolve. He has to do what he has been avoiding, but it is now the only way left to save the world]
The Flash: Okay. Just gotta go faster than the speed of light, far beyond the speed of light. Gotta break the rule, Barry! And you gotta do it now! [Inhales before he gets into a runner's stance and sprints... directly into the explosion from the Unity]
The Flash: [Realizing he may not survive what he is about to do] Dad... Whatever happens I want you to know... Your kid was one of them, dad! One of the best of the best!
[Amazingly, the outward expansion of the blue light emitting from the Unity explosion begins to shrink in size as The Flash's footprints begin to glow, re-making the decimated ground below him. The Flash has run so fast that time is now going backwards. He reaches a speed in which the destroyed city begins to reform around him, generating lightning that restores light poles, streets, and buildings.]
The Flash: [Accepting his fate and in awe of his ability, repeating his father's last words to him] Make your own future... make your own past! It's all... right... now!
[As the unity explosion continues to retract, the cooling tower and the bridge inside reform, as well as Superman and Steppenwolf, who were obliterated by the blast. The Flash nears Cyborg as the latter also reforms, along with the boxes, and he finally gives Cyborg the needed charge to break into the Unity. The camera pans into Cyborg's robotic eye as he breaks in]

[Cyborg has entered the Unity. He appears as himself before the accident, wearing his letterman jacket, and turns around in a desolate landscape to see a vision of himself, fully healed, and his parents standing in front of a suburban house]
Phantom Elinore Stone: We've been waiting for you, Victor... My broken boy.
Phantom Silas Stone: You don't have to be alone anymore. We'll be together again! [Gesturing to Phantom Victor]
[As Victor walks towards the vision of himself and his parents, imploringly, he sheds his prior avatar and reappears in his new form, fully accepting his new state and rejecting this vision as a temptation from the Mother Boxes]
Phantom Victor Stone: We can put it back Vic. [Looks at Phantom Elinore and Silas] Make you whole again.
Cyborg: I'm not broken.
[He digs his hands into Phantom Victor, revealing him and his phantom parents as the spirits of the Mother Boxes and beginning to rip them apart]
Cyborg: And I'm not alone!

[Darkseid has crushed the defeated and decapitated Steppenwolf's head. Before he can attack the Justice League, the Boom Tube closes, making the Dread Lord of Apokolips grunt and grumble in frustration.]
DeSaad: [smugly but carefully] I told you. Steppenwolf would fail.
Darkseid: [bitterly] Yes. Yes, you did.
DeSaad: My master, now that the Mother Boxes have been destroyed, how will you retrieve your great prize?
Darkseid: Anti-Life is found, DeSaad, and we will stop at nothing to possess it. [DeSaad looks concerned] Ready the armada. We will use the old ways.
[He then retreats back to his throne while DeSaad and Granny Goodness exchange concerned glances before following their master as the Parademons look on in the glory of their superiors.]

[Bruce is having another Knightmare premonition]
Batman: Clear!
[Cyborg stands up after he grabs a destroyed car]
Cyborg: How much further?
Batman: We're almost there.
Cyborg: Well, we need to hurry. We can't be out in the open much longer. He'll come for us.
Mera: Let him come. Let the bastard come. [strikes the ground with the butt of her trident] I'll stab this through his heart for what he did to Arthur. I want to make him pay.
Batman: I understand how you feel, Mera...
Mera: You have no idea how I feel.
Batman: ...But we have to stick to the plan to have any chance to make this right.
Mera: Who have you ever loved?
[Joker's soft, maniacal laughter interrupts them.]
The Joker: Au contraire, my little fish stick. He knows exactly what it's like to lose someone he loves. You know like uh, a father? Like a mother?
Batman: Be very careful with the next thing you say.
The Joker: Like an adopted son. Isn't that right, Batman? Maybe, in a way, that smelly old flounder is right. Because how many can die in your arms before you grow numb to death?
Batman: That's not very careful.
The Joker: And how many dead eyes can you look into before you die inside yourself?
Batman: I've been dead inside a long time. But even I have a limit. [angrily] And if you cross that line, I swear to God, I will...
The Joker: Before what, Bruce? Kill me? You won't kill me. I'm your best friend. Besides, who's gonna give you a reach-around? Anyway, you need me. You need me to help you undo this world you created by letting her die. Poor Lois, how she suffered so! I often wonder how many alternate timelines do you destroy the world because frankly, you don't have the cojones to die yourself. Hmm? So as usual, I'll be the bigger man. [holds out a Joker card] A truce, Bruce. As long as you have this card, a truce. But all you have to do is to tear it in half and I'm happy to discuss with you in any way you like, why you sent a Boy Wonder to do a man's job?
Batman: You know, it's funny that you would talk about people who died in my arms. Because when I held Harley Quinn, and she was bleeding and dying, she begged me with her last breath that when I killed you - and make no mistake, I will fucking kill you - that I'd do it slow. I'm gonna honor that promise.
[after a long, tense pause, Batman takes the card]
The Joker: Oh, you're good. You almost had me. [pause, laughs]

[deleted dialogue, after Batman takes the Joker card]
Batman: And maybe this will come in handy?
The Joker: Honor? Really, Bruce? Honor? We live in a society where honor is a distant memory. By the way, who do you think screamed the loudest? The girl? Or the boy? [pause, laughs]

Deathstroke: Where are we holding up?
Batman: Somewhere he'll never suspect.
[Joker continues laughing in the background]
Deathstroke: Still think it was a good idea bringing him along?
[Joker blows raspberry]
Batman: What do you think?

[after Bruce has another Knightmare premonition, he sees the Martian Manhunter who lands on his glass house and he opens the door.]
Bruce Wayne: Can I help you?
Martian Manhunter: I'm sure you know Darkseid is not finished with Earth. The Anti-Life Equation is here somewhere. We have to find it before he does. There's a war coming. And I'm here to help.
Bruce Wayne: I'm sorry, who-who are you again?
Martian Manhunter: I've gone by many names and taken many forms. And like you, I've realized I have a stake in this world. And it's time I started fighting for it.
Bruce Wayne: Oh. Well, we could definitely use the help. So, glad you're here.
Martian Manhunter: You know, I never thought I'd see the defenders of Earth united and fighting as one. It wouldn't have happened without you, Bruce. Your mother and father would be proud.
Bruce Wayne: I hope so. [Reminisces about his parents]
Martian Manhunter: Well, I'll be in touch. Oh, and some have called me the Martian Manhunter. [flies off]
Bruce Wayne: I guess I'll see you around.

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