With Zack Snyder’s Justice League being four hours long, it’s filled with plenty of unseen footage that makes it a whole new movie. This gave audiences more action, more story, and new dialogue completely different from what was shown in the 2017 version of the movie.
The heroes and villains are very much a labor of love from Zack Snyder as well as the actors. This collaboration of director and actors along with the extended runtime allows for a plethora of new and better-executed dialogue. Each character is also given brand new quotes that are sure to never be forgotten and breathe new life into heroes and villains alike.
Updated on August 24th, 2021 by Melody MacReady: In Zack Snyder’s epic finale to his DC Extended Universe trilogy, there are a lot of characters involved for the director to balance. These can be famous heroes including Batman, Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and even heroes to come including Ryan Choi and Martian Manhunter. There are also as many villains as there are heroes: Steppenwolf, Darkseid, and even Jared Leto’s Joker all make an appearance; each villain gets at least one scene to steal the show via a memorable line of dialogue, even if they only appear as essentially a cameo or brief supporting role.
14 Batman: “Faith, Alfred. Faith.”
With nearly all of Batman’s scenes being new or extended, there are many great lines to choose from. However, when the League enters the Flying Fox to face off with Steppenwolf, Batman tells Alfred that he knows Superman will come. When Alfred asks how he knows, the Dark Knight simply says, “Faith, Alfred. Faith.”
This line, along with an earlier scene, is meant to show the evolution of Ben Affleck’s Batman in one of the character’s best DCEU scenes so far. Superman’s sacrifice changed him and drew him away from being the cold and calculated vigilante seen in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Now, he is back to being a hero with a brighter outlook on people.
13 Wonder Woman: “You can be anything you want to be.”
After Wonder Woman wipes out the terrorists in London, she comforts the hostages. That’s when she comes across a young girl who seems to really admire her. The girl asks if she could be like her someday. Diana gives a nice smile and says “You can be anything you want to be.”
Gal Gadot continues to prove that she was born to be Wonder Woman and this is one of her best moments in the DCEU so far. One second she can be a deadly and courageous warrior when she fights the terrorists; the next, she is a warm and nurturing figure for not just the League but for people in general. It’s also a great line to help inspire young girls who look up to Wonder Woman as a character.
12 The Flash: “Your kid was one of them, Dad.”
During the climax of the movie, Ezra Miller’s The Flash ends up being one of the most essential members of the team. Breaking his one rule, Barry enters the Speed Force and reverses time to save the League. As he goes back in time, he speaks to his father, saying: “Dad, whatever happens, I want you to know…your kid was one of them, Dad.”
This refers to the scene between him and his father in prison, where Henry Allen tried to boost Barry’s confidence. Barry repeats his line by following up with, “One of the best of the best.” This unforgettable line shows that his mind is always on his father but that he feels accepted as a member of the Justice League too.
11 Cyborg: “I’m not broken.”
One of the best things that were changed in Zack Snyder’s Justice League was Ray Fisher’s Cyborg being drastically upgraded from a minor supporting character to becoming the heart and soul of the team. Cyborg’s most impactful line comes in the climax when he’s interfaced with the Mother Boxes. Inside, the boxes’ artificial intelligence attempts to seduce Victor, saying they can fix him.
In a very emotionally delivered line by Ray Fisher, Cyborg says, “I’m not broken…and I’m not alone.” It’s a perfect line to finish Cyborg’s character arc as he now accepts who he is now, a hero and not a monster. It also shows how he’s come to think of the Justice League as his new family.
10 Superman: “Not impressed.”
The deeper and emotional lines are always nice but sometimes, a great one-liner is all a character needs. Superman makes his grand entrance in the climax by swooping down to save Cyborg, taking Steppenwolf’s axe to his shoulder, with it not even leaving a dent.
“Not impressed.” Henry Cavill’s Superman says the satisfying line before he blows a single puff of ice breath that freezes the axe completely. Superman then shatters the axe before casually kicking Steppenwolf right into the wall. A much better entrance than his CGI-lip-filled embarrassment in the 2017 version.
9 Aquaman: “I never said that.”
Throughout Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman is much more of a loner, closer to how fans meet him in James Wan’s Aquaman. At first, he comes off as a bit of a jerk who is thrust into being a hero but it turns out he has the biggest heart.
Aquaman comments on how everything that’s happening to Cyborg is unfair. This makes Barry say that he thought Arthur didn’t care. In a subtle moment, Arthur replies with, “I never said that.” He doesn’t open up to Barry but the two have an understanding, showing that Arthur’s cold exterior hides a good man on the inside.
8 Silas Stone: “The time is now.”
Silas Stone may not have been a part of the Justice League or a superhero but he was a hero through other means. He helped turn his own son into a powerful member of the League and helped in finding where Steppenwolf was hiding. Near the end, Cyborg finally listens to the message from his father which plays over the League finishing their character arcs.
In the message, Silas speaks about how the world is flawed but it’s worth saving and says that he’s proud of Victor and always has been. “It’s time you stand, fight, discover, heal, love, win. The time is now.” Joe Morton delivers the speech well, providing a perfect ending for the heroes and their journey.
7 Martian Manhunter: “Some call me the Martian Manhunter.”
After years of having speculation that General Swanwick was actually fan-favorite hero The Martian Manhunter, it turned out to be true. In the epilogue, Martian Manhunter approaches Bruce Wayne to thank him for what he’s done in bringing the League together.
All of Manhunter’s dialogue in the epilogue steals the show but it’s his final words that hit a perfect note. He says that he’s gone by many names. Before he leaves, he tells Bruce: “Oh…and some have called me the Martian Manhunter.” It’s already rare to hear superhero names in the DCEU so this was a great touch for fans of the character.
6 DeSaad: “You still owe the great one 50,000 more worlds.”
A majority of DeSaad’s screen time features him openly showing his disdain for Steppenwolf. Even though DeSaad is as much of a lackey to Darkseid as Steppenwolf is, he still feels the need to put him down. The height of this rivalry comes when Steppenwolf begs DeSaad to let him speak to Darkseid.
Of course, DeSaad decides to mock him by bringing up his past mistake of trying to betray Darkseid. Finally, he tells Steppenwolf, “You still owe the great one 50,000 more worlds. He will hear your plea when you pay your debt.” In a way, it makes Steppenwolf more sympathetic since all he wants is to return to his home and adds depth to the previously underdeveloped main villain.
5 Deathstroke: “You better not be wasting my time.”
Unlike the DCEU’s Deadshot, Deathstroke is a heartless mercenary and one of the few people who can outmatch Batman in hand-to-hand combat. He’s not up for the back-and-forth banter, especially not Lex Luthor’s when the two unite to set up potential future films.
“You said you have something I want. You better not be wasting my time.” Joe Manganiello delivers the cold and gruff voice of Deathstroke rather well, sounding straight out of the Arkham games. Fans hope to see Joe return as Slade Wilson for future DCEU projects.
4 Lex Luthor: “I was just celebrating God’s return…”
Speaking of Lex Luthor, in the same scene, Jesse Eisenberg returned as his rather divisive portrayal of the Superman villain. He’s obsessed with comparing Superman to a god, a god that he despises out of jealousy and xenophobia. Upon welcoming Deathstroke aboard his yacht, Lex offers him a drink stating: “I was just celebrating God’s return: out of the ground and back up into the sky.”
This continues Lex’s superiority complex while presenting him as a calmer, calculating villain rather than the jittery version from Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Many fans are curious to see how Lex would continue to evolve if Zack Snyder’s vision is stuck to in any way.
3 The Joker: “We live in a society…”
From the moment Joker was teased in the trailer for Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Jared Leto’s portrayal went viral, partially because of one line, “We live in a society…where honor is a distant memory.” This reference to an older meme that has been connected to the Joker character for years.
This line is only available in a deleted scene but fans have flocked to this deleted scene, confused as to why it was cut in the first place. Ben Affleck and Jared Leto’s entire scene together has been praised as some of the best Batman and Joker chemistry on screen.
2 Steppenwolf: “You already have.”
Not only did Steppenwolf get changed to have an upgraded new look in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, but he got far superior dialogue also. Steppenwolf is an absolute monster in the Snyder Cut that is much more imposing and relentless, making him more of an actual threat. This is best shown when he interrogates an Atlantean soldier for the location of a Mother Box.
When the soldier says that he will never tell him or betray his people, Steppenwolf’s response is to viciously throw the man into a rock. Steppenwolf then uses a device to hack right into the Atlantean’s brain and discover the box’s location with a cold, “You already have.” Showing that he will stop at nothing to get his prize.
1 Darkseid: “I have turned one hundred thousand worlds to dust…”
Darkseid is the Emperor Palpatine of the DC universe. He’s not some deep or sympathetic villain – he’s pure evil but in the best way. When Steppenwolf tells him that he’s found the Anti-Life Equation, Darkseid gives a chilling speech.
“I have turned one hundred thousand 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.” Ray Porter’s modulated voice perfectly sells the character as a terrifying being that can put fear into the hearts of gods and men alike. It’s a perfect line for DC’s premier villain.
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