Zack Snyder's Justice League arrived on HBO Max earlier this year, and it should remain available for free on the streaming service for the foreseeable future (unlike other movies that arrive and then promptly disappear). Despite being available to stream, the movie has gone straight to the top of the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, a service that tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray sales.
75% of sales were for Blu-ray copies of the DC Comics adaptation during its first week, while 25% were standard DVDs. Of that 75%, 38% were for 4K Ultra HD copies of the movie.
Interestingly, Zack Snyder's Justice League managed to beat The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, another Warner Bros. title. How the studio feels about that is hard to say, but this is a win/win for them...even if they do want to move on from the DCEU's era of "SnyderVerse" storytelling.
The "Snyder Cut" arrived in stores on September 7, though many fans had chosen to import a copy from the UK where it was made available on disc several months sooner. There hasn't been much in the way of promotion for the movie's physical media release, though it's not exactly surprising that Warner Bros. didn't want to enlist Snyder for more interviews given past bombshell reveals.
The filmmaker did, however, recently take to social media to share his own promotion for the release:
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we think Zack Snyder should have left on the cutting room floor!
5. Please Stop Singing
The woman who sniffs Arthur Curry's jumper and sings intensely alongside her fellow villagers only does so for around 40-seconds or so, but good God does it feel a lot longer.
These people viewing Aquaman as a mystical being is actually kind of cool, but this entire scene feels so unnecessary and forced. It never really pays off; Bruce Wayne looks vaguely irritated, while Arthur just gets the f*** outta there without ever really paying any attention to them.
We're not sure what Snyder's intention was, but the whole thing feels a little...cringe.
This group of singers could have easily remained on the cutting room floor, and Zack Snyder's Justice League would not have been any worse off for it.
4. Martian Manhunter Disguised As Martha Kent
It's cool that Snyder decided to add Martian Manhunter to his cut of Justice League, but the filmmaker has admitted that he actually planned to have John Stewart appear in that scene at the end of the movie with Bruce Wayne.
So, do we really believe he always hoped to include this J'onn J'onzz reveal?
The conversation with Lois Lane and Martha Kent is great, and shows what a supportive, wonderful "mother-in-law" Martha is to the intrepid Daily Planet reporter after her son's death. Unfortunately, that's all negated when we learn that it was Martian Manhunter in disguise the whole time.
It's a weird moment, one we don't really need, and we can't believe there weren't better ways to introduce this League member.
3. A Reach Around
Zack Snyder's Justice League won't do much to change the minds of those who dislike Jared Leto's interpretation of The Joker. What we get here, however, is vastly better than 2016's Suicide Squad.
Ben Affleck's Batman sharing the screen with this version of the Clown Prince of Crime makes for a fantastic moment in the Snyder Cut. Unfortunately, there's one line - which was improvised by Leto on set - we're really confused by, and not exactly fully on board with.
The Joker offers Batman a reach around...or hints that he's already given him one?
Of all the things these two could have said to each other, we really do wish Snyder had come up with something a little better than this for their meeting in the Knightmare timeline.
2. Amber Heard's "English" Accent
Jeez, the less said about this the better.
We're going to have to talk about it, though, and can't say we're at all surprised this was dropped by James Wan for 2018's Aquaman. It's just terrible, and not even remotely authentic sounding.
Look, love or hate Heard (it seems everyone has taken a side in her legal battles with Johnny Depp), we can all agree she looks downright phenomenal in that costume as Mera. So, we're certainly not complaining about seeing more of her in Zack Snyder's Justice League, but dubbing her lines with an American accent might have been a wiser decision.
The director clearly had a different idea, and even several years later, Heard hadn't managed to master the accent in her otherwise fun Knightmare timeline scenes.
1. Slow-Motion Hot Dog
Snyder loves slow-motion, and you know what, we're not going to judge him for it! There are many times throughout this cut of Justice League that it looks really, really cool, and Barry Allen saving Iris West is a great sequence.
However, there are some creative choices here which are perhaps a little too self-indulgent.
We get a super intense close up of a sesame seed in that truck before being treated to countless hot dogs flying through the air at a slowed down pace. Showing that time eventually stops because the Flash moves so quickly is a nice touch by the director, but did we need to see him surrounded by sausage?
It's not an unforgiveable crime on Snyder's part, but one we'd love an explanation for...