Zack Snyder's Justice League Just Made A Major DCEU Villain Into its Best Epic Hero

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Zack Snyder's Justice League was a major hit among fans, with many people praising it. It was seen as a vindication to its director who also wanted people to see his true vision of the film. Despite the DCEU being taunted by some critics for not being able to maintain its continuity, the movie was able to make a connection from another film that many fans seemed to have noted.

Warning! Spoiler Alert! The following details contain spoilers from the movie.

There were multiple sequences in Zack Snyder's Justice League that were memorable. The action sequences looked epic. There were scenes that were in the 2017 theatrical cut but in this 2021 version, the scenes were well-made that fans and critics alike were left in awe.

One of the most talked-about portions of the Snyder cut was the battle during Apokolips' first invasion of Earth. It was included in the 2017 theatrical cut but it had no impact as it was just a quick battle between Earth's defenders and Steppenwolf's army. In the Snyder cut, the scene was more thorough, the battle was lengthened showing the events that happened, and instead of Steppenwolf, it was Darkseid who fought the Earth's defenders.

What's interesting is that the scene was able to make one of DCEU's worst villains into a hero. It was no other than Ares played by David Thewlis who was the main villain from Wonder Woman (2017), directed by Patty Jenkins.

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Ares attacks Darkseid
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During the filming of Wonder Woman, Snyder advised Jenkins which is why Ares' role in the war is not baseless. Ares was the one who got near Darkseid and with Zeus sending lightning to Darkseid's weapon, tweaking it. Ares jumped on Darkseid, destroying the invader's weapon, with his ax landing on Darkseid's shoulder. This led the enemy forces to retreat in defeat.

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Ares defeats Darkseid
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This particular scene connects to what Diana mentioned in the Wonder Woman film where Ares was once a hero who was disenfranchised with humanity.

Zack Snyder's Justice League is currently streaming on HBO Max in the US. For other regions, other platforms affiliated to HBO Max, as well as HBO Go streams the film.

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