Deleted Justice League Clip Will Make Batman Fans Very Happy
Following his big DC Extended Universe debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and his cameo in Suicide Squad a few months later, Ben Affleck's Batman returned in late 2017 for Justice League, which saw him saving the world with Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg. But Batman will always be chiefly known as Gotham City's protector, and a deleted Justice League scene shows the Caped Crusader taking out a security camera belonging to the city's police department, which Batman fans are sure to enjoy.
It's literally only a second of footage, but that's all we need to get that classic badass Batman vibe. In the above moment, we see Batman throwing something at a Gotham City Police Department camera. It's a good bet he slung one of his trademark Batarangs at the recording device, although we don't have any context for why he did that.
Maybe this happened as he was fighting another Parademon before Justice League, or maybe it's just part of an unrelated event not involving conquering aliens where he was simply covering his tracks. After all, Batman may have a good relationship with Commissioner James Gordon, but as we saw in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gotham's police department as a whole is still wary of this shadowy vigilante.
While this complete scene didn't make it into Justice League's theatrical cut, as one Twitter user noted, this moment looks to be part of some of the surveillance footage that Cyborg was studying towards the beginning of the movie. Oh, and of course this is GCPD camera #52, since that's been DC Comics' special number for over a decade.
It's to be expected when making a movie that not all the filmed scenes will make the final cut, but Justice League was particularly troubled in that regard. While director Zack Snyder lead the charge on Justice League during principal photography, he stepped down during post-production, and Joss Whedon (who'd already been hired to rewrite portions of the script) oversaw the extensive reshoots. The result was a Frankenstein-like creation that did not reflect the original vision for Justice League. The movie went on to earn mixed-to-negative reviews and underwhelm at the box office with a $657 million worldwide haul.
This Batman scene is just one of several deleted Justice League scenes that have leaked online following the movie's release. It remains to be seen whether or not Warner Bros will move forward with Justice League 2. Batman, on the other hand, has a brighter future ahead of him, as The Batman is one of the higher priorities for the DCEU, and Matt Reeves turned in his first draft of the script last fall. That said, it still has yet to be officially confirmed if Ben Affleck will wear the cape and cowl again or if the rumors are true that The Batman will instead star a younger actor as Bruce Wayne.
The latest DCEU installment, Aquaman, is now playing in the theaters, and the franchise's next movie, Shazam!, hits theaters on April 5. If you're curious about what else the DCEU has coming up, look through our comprehensive guide.
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