Justice League is a 2017 American superhero movie based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name, distributed by Warner Brothers Pictures. It’s the fifth installment in the DC Extended Universe. The movie is directed by Zack Snyder, with a screenplay by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon, from a story by Terrio and Snyder, and features an ensemble cast that includes Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Mamoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, and J.K. Simmons. Take a look below for 30 more fun and fascinating facts about Justice League.
1. In Justice League, the superhero team, consisting of Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg forms to honor the memory of Superman and to save Earth from the catastrophic threat of Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons.
2. With an estimated production budget of $300 million, Justice League is one of the most expensive movies ever made.
3. The movie underperformed at the box office, grossing just $657 million worldwide, making it the lowest of the DC Extended Universe. Up against an estimated break-even point of as much as $750 million, the movie lost the studio an estimated $60 million.
4. One of the Gotham scenes during the prologue has a building with “Janus” written on it. This refers to Janus Cosmetics, run by Batman’s enemy the crime boss Black Mask. Black Mask is set to appear in Gotham City Sirens.
5. The superheroes are never actually referred to as “The Justice League” in the movie.
6. In earlier drafts of the script, Victor Stone was supposed to have suffered his severe injuries as a result of Doomsday’s rampage through Metropolis in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
7. Barry Allen says he knows sign language, specifically gorilla sign language. One of the Flash’s most famous enemies is Grodd, who is an intelligent telepathic gorilla.
8. Due to the running time backlash of past DC movies, Warner Brothers demanded a movie under 2 hours without credits. The final running time for Justice League is 119 minutes.
9. Wonder Woman first appears in the movie standing atop a statue of a goddess. This is the Greek goddess Themis, or Justita to the Romans, better known in modern society as Lady Justice.
10. Zack Snyder stated that Justice League was always going to be totally different that Batman v. Superman. During the time Warner Brothers invited journalists and bloggers to visit the set, Zack Snyder also stated that it was going to have a shorter runtime too.
11. Laurence Fishburne was asked to reprise his role as Perry White for a cameo, but scheduling conflicts with other projects made him unavailable on the day filming was supposed to take place.
12. Zack Snyder and Ray Fisher both stated that Cyborg was going to be the heart of this movie. However, when Joss Whedon was hired for reshoots, most of Cyborg’s scenes were cut.
13. Ben Affleck was considered to direct Justice League.
14. The movie was released on the same day that the animated series Justice League first aired 16 years earlier.
15. Marc McClure, who played Jimmy Olsen in the 1978 Superman movie, has a cameo as the officer at the prison.
16. Bruce Wayne is said to have been operating as Batman for 20 years when the movie takes place. This matches with the 20th anniversary of the 1997 movie Batman & Robin.
17. As an April Fool’s Day joke, production said that Zack Snyder had left the project and that George Miller would be taking up the directing duties. The feedback was very positive. However, when Joss Whedon replaced Snyder due to the death of Snyder’s daughter, feedback was sincerely sympathetic.
18. Chris Terrio finished writing the Justice League screenplay as of July, 2015.
19. At one point, Warner Brothers considered making Justice League an in performance capture animation.
20. Danny Elfman used a little of his own Batman score from the 1989 movie with some key Batman scenes.
21. Justice League was sent to theaters under the name Harwood.
22. Joe Morton, who plays Silas Stone in Justice League and the father of Cyborg, also starred in Terminator 2. In both movies, he uses futuristic technology that in turn lead to the creation of cyborgs with metal parts and red eyes: the Terminators themselves in Judgment Day, and Cyborg, his son, in Justice League.
23. At one point, a newspaper cover story announces that certain beings have returned to their alien worlds. Two of them are David Bowie and Prince, both of whom died and who were considered eccentric icons of world culture.
24. At the end of the movie, Barry Allen gets a job in a crime lab. In the comics, he was working as a police scientist for the Central City Police Department Scientific Detection Bureau, where he gets involved in an accident that gives him superpowers.
25. The “For Sale” sign on the Kent Farm property uses a 785 area code. In real life, this phone number would be located in rural, central Kansas.
26. The first official footage for Justice League was shown at the San Diego Comic Con on July 23, 2016.
27. Marit Allen was originally hired as the costume designer, but she died in November, 2007.
28. Back in 2007, Jason Reitman was the original choice to direct the movie, but he turned it down, as he considered himself an independent filmmaker and preferred to stay out of big budget superhero movies.
29. South Korean singing group Black Pink’s music video “As If It’s Your Last” can be seen playing in the background behind Bruce Wayne in Barry Allen’s place in the South Korean release of the movie.
30. In an interview, Jason Momoa stated that his intention was to make Aquaman a badass. When the team is discussing how to revive Superman, Aquaman is standing behind a work table. When no one is looking, he steals a screwdriver.