Recently, another version of Justice League was released. This version, dubbed Zack Snyder's Justice League, has been characterized as a director's cut of the original, suggesting that most of the major plot points are the same, but it also has been described as a soft remake of the film. On a first watchthrough, many things are clearly different: the introduction, for instance, or the expanded role played by Darkseid. Indeed, as indicated in the comments, a good three-quarters of the film consists of entirely new material.

Given that there have been such drastic changes, how much of the plot has been kept? Which elements have been retained from the original?

  • @Valorum - Care to provide an answer in addition to a vote? You might think the question is not of interest to anyone, but a hundred-odd (usually quite incomplete) news articles about the differences between the two seem to disagree.
    – Adamant
    Mar 20, 2021 at 22:25
  • Hmm, isn't it kinda "list question" - rather too broad?
    – Mithoron
    Mar 20, 2021 at 22:36
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    screenrant.com/… - 3/4 of the new 'cut' is footage that wasn't seen in cinemas.
    – Valorum
    Mar 20, 2021 at 23:41
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    @Valorum - In that case, the question should be turned around: what has remained the same between the two?
    – Adamant
    Mar 20, 2021 at 23:48
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    They managed to keep the part where it isn't very good
    – Valorum
    Mar 21, 2021 at 0:21

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Which elements have been retained from the original?

Limiting the question to Visual Effects, in an interview with BuzzPopTV, Director Zack Snyder and Producer Deborah Snyder, state that only 11 out of 2656 visual effects shots were carried over from the 2017 theatrical release.

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Weta Digital Visual Effects Supervisor Anders Langlands and Animation Supervisor Simeon Duncombe corroborate the figure in an interview with The Reel Roundup.

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