Zack Snyder Explains Why Joker’s ‘We Live In A Society’ Line Was Cut From ‘Justice League’

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Zack Snyder recently explained why Jared Leto’s “we live in a society” Joker line didn’t find its way in the finished Justice League cut.

The added Knightmare scene with Jared Leto’s Joker was one many viewers were looking forward to, especially after the “we live in a society” line was uttered in the trailer. We also recently learned Leto ad-libbed the line set, but you might’ve noticed that the line wasn’t actually in the final product.

In a new interview that comes via, Zack Snyder revealed the reason why he ultimately decided to remove the scene of Jared Leto’s Joker saying the famous words from Justice League:

“Yes there was a version of that, what I was trying to do was a second for the black and white version of the movie – for the charity version of the movie – there’s a second ending of the movie, of the Jared Leto scene, that included that line. The truth is, it’s an either or moment. When Batman gives the Harley Quinn speech, you either go ‘We live in a society,’ or we do what we did in the movie, and I just thought, the society thing is cool, and maybe one day we’ll all see it, but I also did very much like the broken, the tricked, the vulunerable Joker that you see in the movie. So it’s a trade off of not getting the vulnerable Joker, you get the line… which is cool, and I like it.”

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Here is the official synopsis for the Snyder Cut:

“In ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE, determined to ensure Superman’s (Henry Cavill) ultimate sacrifice was not in vain, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) aligns forces with Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) with plans to recruit a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions. The task proves more difficult than Bruce imagined, as each of the recruits must face the demons of their own pasts to transcend that which has held them back, allowing them to come together, finally forming an unprecedented league of heroes. Now united, Batman (Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) may be too late to save the planet from Steppenwolf, DeSaad and Darkseid and their dreadful intentions.”

Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J. K. Simmons, and Ciarán Hinds.

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Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.