Like most blockbuster movies these days, Justice League left quite a lot of material on the cutting room floor. In fact, DC's superhero team-up film has more unused material than most films, due to the big change-ups that happened during production, resulting in Zack Snyder dropping out of the film, and Avengers director Joss Whedon overseeing extensive reshoots and rewrites.
Due to that massive change in creative direction so late in production, early Justice League trailers advertised quite a few scenes and moments that never made it into the final theatrical cut.
Here are the 10 Biggest Justice League trailer scenes that aren't in the actual movie:
Batman on Horseback
This scene from the first teaser trailer showed Bruce Wayne on horseback headed to the seaside town that Aquaman protects. No horse was featured in the final film.
This shot of Jason Mamoa's Aquaman was one of the first reasons fans started to really embrace Snyder's vision of the character. And yet, this badass image was left out of the final film for some strange reason.
This scene in the first teasers showed the backstory of Victor Stone / Cyborg, including an additional shot of Victor on the football field. None of that made it into the theatrical cut.
Flash Breaks Out
Early trailers teased Barry Allen / Flash's powers with a moment of the young hero breaking through a window at super speed, while in civilian clothes and in the company of Iris West.
This exchange from the first Justice League teaser actually showcased the humor Snyder had injected into the film, as shown in several moments of the Gotham Harbor battle sequence (see also: Batman's "My turn," line). Obviously, those moments didn't make it through the rewrite proccess.
Cyborg v Tank
Cyborg got a major heroic moment in early trailers when he saves a cop form a flaming tank that's been hurled through the air. He followed that heroic save up with a quippy one-liner.
Cyborg Takes Flight
One of the coolest Cyborg moments in early trailers was Cyborg taking flight while manifesting a Deadshot-style face mask for airial protection. The shot above was followed up by a gorgeous shot of Cyborg hovering above the clouds in front of the moon.
Happily Married Man
This scene started off the second Justice League trailer, with Lois and Clark finally reunited in the corn fields of the Kent farm in Smallville. Clark tells Lois "I'll take that as a yes," referring to his engagement ring on her finger. The scene was later altered to something more comedic than sentimental.
Yes We Shall
This trailer-ending team shot of Wonder Woman landing in front of Cyborg and Aquaman uttering the line "Shall we?" in a general's tone is nowhere to be seen in the final film.
The Final Fight
Take your pick on this one, as there were nearly half a dozen shots of the final battle set piece in early Justice League trailers, which were vastly altered for the theatrical version. There's Aquaman spearing Parademons; Wonder Woman clearing the way for the Bat mobile; an explosion of blue in the small Russian town, etc. Clearly, the blue-lit version of the final battle was Snyder's vision; the 'red sky' version in the theatrical cut was done later in reshoots.
The big debate after the Justice League Comic Con trailer was who Alfred was talking to in the trailer's final moments - a mystery savior who was going to help out the League. Everyone assumed it was Superman, back from the dead, but since the theatrical film avoided the scene entirely, we'll never know for sure...
More Missing Moments
As you can see below, fans are still amassing the amount of footage they were robbed of, in the final Justice League theatrical cut.
I WAS ROBBED pic.twitter.com/SuWqmEzl7Z— alaa • SAW JL (@aqxa182) November 17, 2017
r o b b e d pic.twitter.com/SoZWGdTPdi— alaa • SAW JL (@aqxa182) November 17, 2017
robbed once again pic.twitter.com/sNfNGkctzX— alaa • SAW JL (@aqxa182) November 17, 2017
I'd like to report a robbery pic.twitter.com/AGch4bRWW0— alaa • SAW JL (@aqxa182) November 17, 2017
Justice League is now in theaters; Aquaman arrives on December 21, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Wonder Woman 2 on November 1st, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020