Social media went wild recently when a new trailer for Zack Snyder’s Justice League dropped that ended with Jared Leto’s Joker uttering the line “We live in a society”.
That line is, of course, one of the most meme’d quotes there is, spreading like wildfire across the internet these days, eliciting laughs at every turn. The inclusion of it in Snyder’s very morose, self-serious Justice League was a bit of a surprise, and the internet certainly had its fun with the delivery.
The irony, of course, is that the line never even made it into the Snyder Cut. Somehow, after all of the hype of Snyder restoring the film to his full intended glory, they still managed to drop a trailer so soon to the film’s release that had a line that wasn’t in the film.
Well, Snyder is here to give the world the satisfaction of seeing the scene in full. Releasing the scene on his Twitter today, Snyder captioned it by saying ‘We live in a society… where you can watch #ZackSnydersJusticeLeague on @HBOMax” and then linking to the site for Leto’s band Thirty Seconds to Mars, where you can buy a shirt that simply says “we live in a society”.
Snyder posted the clip in black and white, teasing the full black and white version of Justice League that is coming back to HBO Max soon, and is even closer to Snyder’s full vision for the film.
The line in question comes from an alternate version of the film’s ending (the original is reviewed here) set in the “Knightmare” post-apocalyptic world, where it looks like Ben Affleck’s Batman and the Joker are about to team up. The full line in the scene is “we live in a society where honor is a distant memory”, followed by Leto giving one of Joker’s infamous big laughs.
While the internet might have had a grand time laughing at the use of the line, Snyder seemed moved by it, crediting Leto for ad-libbing it during the scene, and referring to it as “really, really beautiful” when speaking with The Hollywood Reporter.
You can now decide for yourself if you think the line is beautiful or worthy of ridicule by checking out the scene on Snyder’s Twitter or in the video below.