A line of dialogue written for Joss Whedon’s theatrical cut was nearly featured in Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
When director Zack Snyder was finally allowed to deliver his version of Justice League to the fans who had campaigned so long for its release, it was unsurprisingly free from most elements seen in the theatrical cut, which is now infamously known as ‘Josstice League’, in reference to Joss Whedon. The film featured all new footage, including Henry Cavill wearing the black Superman suit as well as the inclusion of Darkseid and DeSaad. But it nearly used a line of dialogue that Whedon had dubbed over the top of the original footage that Snyder shot.
During an appearance on The Rough Cut podcast, editors David Brenner, Dody Dorn and Carlos Castillón explained that during one of the final edits of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, producer Deborah Snyder spotted that a single line from Joss Whedon’s theatrical cut had been accidentally kept in. After Clark Kent’s resurrection, he returns to the Kent farm with Lois Lane. In the theatrical cut, Joss Whedon dubbed over their reunion with a bizarre line from Lois about Superman smelling good. It was so out of place and a poor attempt at injecting a sense of humor into the film. And according to the editors, Deborah hated it as much as fans did, reportedly saying “[Lois] shouldn’t be saying that! It doesn’t matter how he smells!”
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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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Source: The Rough Cut Podcast