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Zack Snyder’s Justice League | 2021 | R | – 2.7.5

content-ratingsWhy is “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “violence and some language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a kiss and a hug, and many scenes of women wearing revealing costumes, many scenes of people with special abilities fighting with beings and demons with some bloody wounds and death shown, a terrorist attack where children are threatened, discussions of the death of love ones, death from a car accident, and at least 4 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


The director’s cut of 2017’s Justice League: When an evil power threatens the world’s existence, Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) try to unite a league of superheroes that includes Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and the Flash (Ezra Miller) to save the planet. Also with Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jared Leto, Willem Dafoe, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J.K. Simmons, Joe Morton and the voice of Ciarán Hinds. Directed by Zack Snyder. A few lines of dialogue and a song are spoken in Icelandic with English subtitles. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in French without translation. [Running Time: 4:02]

Zack Snyder’s Justice League SEX/NUDITY 2

 – A man and a woman kiss. A man and a woman hug and fly into the air. A young man tenderly touches a young woman’s hair.
 A man and a woman accidentally touch hands and act embarrassed. A young man asks another young man if a woman “Would ever go for a younger guy?” A man says that he told his prom date, “You’re looking at the hottest thing on Earth.”
 A woman takes a pregnancy test from her night table drawer and goes into the bathroom (we do not see anything else).
 A man is shown shirtless in several scenes and we see his bare chest, abdomen and back to the hips, covered in many tattoos. A shirtless man is seen in a few scenes and we see his bare chest, abdomen and back. A woman wears a costume in several scenes that reveals cleavage, bare shoulders, bare legs to the hips and partial buttocks. Women wear costumes that include armor shaped with breasts and we see cleavage and bare legs to the upper thighs. A woman wears deeply cut tops and dresses in several scenes that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders through decorative cutouts and her bare back. A young woman wears a deep cut armor costume that reveals cleavage. A woman lies in bed alone wearing a low-cut T-shirt that reveals cleavage and her bare legs to the upper thighs.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League VIOLENCE/GORE 7

 – A giant being holds a man in its hand and we see a shard has run through the man’s chest and back (a gaping wound bleeds) and the man screams for an extended time sending waves of sound around the globe; the being then collapses to the ground. A giant being is run through with a trident, slashed with a sword and its head is lopped off (we see the head separate and bounce on the ground with some blood splatter). A flying vessel shoots through a barrier and enters an area where many winged demons are gathered: the vessel crashes, a man is chased and he shoots at demons from another vehicle as he speeds around and they chase and shoot at him; a tower tips over nearly crushing the vehicle, a demon is impaled (we see the point through the body and goo), a few demons are skewered with a trident, and a being throws two people against a rock wall that crumbles on top of them (they are OK Later).
 Many armed women fight with winged demons and a giant being and we see the beings being struck with arrows and slashed with swords (some blood splatters), a few women are thrown against rock walls and we see one woman shot through her armor chest plate (blood is shown on the wound); one woman rushes out of the area as large stone doors close, sealing others inside and we see the structure and the side of a cliff tumble into the sea below. Two men fight winged demons and a giant being with punching and kicking and slamming to the ground that produces a splatter of goo; a woman with a sword swings and slashes the demons and the being, the woman is slammed against a wall, and the being lunges toward her. A giant being and many winged demons chase women on horseback: the women shoot at the beings with arrows and strike the giant being several times with no visible injuries, several women are killed with a giant axe and we see some blood splatter, and one woman is trapped under her horse, where she dies. A guard is shot on the back of the head (blood splatters) and many armed people enter a building shooting other guards and people; the gunmen gather school children and adults into a room and one man sets a timer on an explosive as police surround the building and snipers take aim at the men inside. People are dragged out of the ocean by winged demons, a giant being throws one of the people against a rock and we see blood splatter, and it then puts a skittering metallic spider-type creature on the man’s head and it displays the information they are looking for. Several men and a woman underwater fight with winged demons and a giant being with people and demons being thrown around; the being slams a woman against rocks and she is winded as the being holds a blade over her, but a man attacks the being from behind and they fight, with the being throwing the man against a pillar and getting away.
 A woman and her son drive together and talk until they are struck by another car; we hear a man in the hospital being told that his wife died in the accident and that his son would likely die also (we see the young man attached to monitors and IVs and his arm is missing at the shoulder and covered with bandages). A young man’s legless and armless torso is shown attached to wires and hanging from a framework on a wall as a large surge of power is pumped into him; he screams in agony as a man watches. A giant being slams to the ground and roars at people in a lab, breaks doors down and a man locks himself in a chamber where he initiates a laser to shoot a box; the laser ricochets around the room hitting the man and turning him to ash as a young man watches and calls for him to stop. A man’s hand is cut off and we see it separate with blood and a being stabs the man as he lies on the ground and another man stabs the being with an axe (a lot of blood splatters). A man fights with several people throwing them, slamming them to the ground, shooting his laser eyes at them and causing a lot of damage; a woman wraps his arm with a lasso and he pulls her toward him, military vehicles try to shoot the man and he cuts a vehicle in half with his laser eyes, and the man head-butts a woman and she head-butts him back, but he then head-butts her hard enough to throw her to the ground; he then shoots his laser eyes at another man for an extended period of time and the second man pulls off a gauntlet that glows red-hot. A giant being raises an axe over a man and another man swoops in, stops the axe and other people take turns beating the being.
 A woman fights gunmen holding a group of children: she throws the men into walls and slams them to the ground before deflecting many bullets shot toward the children by one man; she retrieves an explosive in a briefcase, breaks out of the building through the roof and throws the case high into the sky where it explodes and she is thrown by the blast; she then throws a blast of energy at a man blowing out a wall of the building and sending rubble to the street outside (we see the man’s hat floating down). A woman uses a glowing lasso to wrap a man that is holding a gun and lift him into the air, questioning his activity. A man grabs another man and slams him against a wall. A sailing ship is caught in heavy seas and begins sinking as the skipper calls in a mayday; another man jumps out of the water and rescues the man, taking him to a nearby town and slamming him onto a table in a pub and tells him, “Next time, respect the storm.” Two police officers slam a man against a pole in a precinct; we hear that people are complaining of having seen something that resembles a bat.
 A giant being is thrown by a blast of energy. A young man is zapped with a laser and taken away by two winged demons until a woman cuts them down; one demon tries to attack a woman and a man shoots it in the back. A winged demon perches on a fire escape as a young man inside an apartment fires a hand blaster; the demon flies away. A man shoots a giant being with bullets and a rocket; the being grabs the rocket and sets it to crash through a wall where water then pours through from a river; a man with a trident stops the flow of water. A young man with a weapon attached to his arm shoots at a man saying that he cannot control the weapon, that it senses danger and the man ducks out of the way of the blast.
 A truck driver is distracted and barrels through an intersection in a city street: the truck crashes through a hot dog vendor’s cart and the vendor jumps out of the way, but a young woman driving a car crashes into the truck and is thrown out toward the truck until a young man intervenes by slowing time and places her gently on the ground, unharmed; her car and the truck both crash and the car bursts into flames. A large glowing and swirling portal appears in several scenes and a giant being transports from one place to another through it; there are also many winged demons that move through the portal. A young man fights with three decaying creatures that inhabit boxes. A man walks to the end of a pier as waves rage all around it; the man is engulfed by waves and we see him swimming fast underwater. A man throws a bladed weapon at a young man and the young man dodges it, and then catches it (there are no injuries). A young man runs fast to help a woman catch the sword that she dropped during a fight with a giant being.
 Mysterious boxes are shown vibrating and whirring in separate locations and in several scenes with varying degrees of sound, light and movement; one scene shows many women armed with swords and arrows surrounding a box and when one woman moves close enough to touch it, the box breaks open and bright light shines out of it. A woman lights an arrow and shoots it in the air; we see it crash into a temple and start a large fire. A metallic cyborg flies toward a woman walking on a sidewalk, they talk and he flies away. A woman enters a cave passage and we see wall paintings depicting flying demons and a giant being. A giant being slams the ground and streams of glowing lava spread around it and create a protective dome over it. Giant squid tentacles are shown holding a mysterious box in a hiding place underwater. An imagined metal bear and bull slam into each other and struggle while a man describes controlling economic activity. Many nuclear weapons are readied and a young man waves his hand sending them off-screen. A young man plugs in a breaker and flips a switch that causes a circuit board to spray sparks. Five people go into an alien vessel and we see chambers with decaying bodies in them. A man’s body is placed in a pool of water and pressed under the surface by another man; a young man races around the room to create energy, touches a box dipping into the water and a shockwave spreads around the globe. A young man runs super-fast in a few scenes to generate energy or reverse time; one time he is shot by a demon and thrown (he wheezes and says the wind was knocked out of him, and we see a singed wound on his side). A giant being is shown missing part of its horn after a fight. A man enters a lab and sees rubble and a hole in the ceiling as a winged demon moves around; when the demon sees the man, it lunges toward him and the scene cuts to several people being held and questioned by a being and demons. Two winged demons drag a man to a place where he and others are questioned and we see a man later having a metallic spider-like creature clinging to his head and he seems alarmed.
 A being grows out of a large obelisk and we see it with glowing lava dripping from gashes in its outer covering, and its eyes glow. A giant being has horns on its head, spikes on its shoulders, claw-like hands and a metallic outer covering in herringbone. A young man is shown with a glowing red eye, a light in his forehead and a body completely covered with metal. A man fires a laser into a gauntlet in a lab and the gauntlet glows. A young man digs in the ground at a cemetery and buries a box. Two people dig up a grave in a cemetery and remove a coffin (presumably with a man’s body in it). A young man crushes a tape recorder with his father’s voice on it in his hand. A woman’s eyes glow red and she transforms into an alien being. A woman is placed on a funeral pyre and we see her surrounded by flames. A prison guard unlocks cell doors and prisoners exit their cells; one prisoner remains and laughs maniacally when the guard tries to coax him to come out, the guard looks panicked and sounds an alarm. A man is shown with white painted skin, very red lips and slashes on his skin and he laughs creepily.
 A man driving a vehicle speeds, tips over and crashes and another man says, “Catastrophic failure of all systems” over the communication system. A giant being says, “This one will be mine,” and a woman says, “I belong to no one.” A giant being says, “I will bathe in your fear.” A giant being threatens, “A great darkness begins.” A giant being lands near a nuclear plant and says, “It’s toxic. That’s good.” A being accuses another being of betrayal. Two men argue in a few scenes. People talk about the golden age of heroes. A young man talks to his father in jail about not having committed the murder of his mother that he is in jail for. A man tells his son, “I am a drag on your life.” A woman says, “I lost someone that I loved,” and “My parents died in the wars.” A giant being says, “They will tell me what they know, or I will rip it from them.” Two large beings talk about an “anti-life equation.” A young man talks about Nazis discovering a special box and hiding it. An alarm blares in a lab and an announcement states, “Contamination breach” as people scramble to exit the area. A man tells another man that a woman asked that “When I kill you, I do it slow.” A man mocks another man and talks about how a woman suffered when she died.
 A woman collapses to her knees when she gets an eviction notice. A man rides a horse, and then walks the horse along a mountain peak and its narrow ridge; he stands on a ledge overlooking a small coastal village. A flashback to a high school football game shows a few heavy tackles and falls. A young man puts his hand out toward a dog and the dog barks aggressively. Rats skitter in a tunnel. A man talks about people needing to be quarantined because of possible alien microbes.
 People are shown in mourning the death of Superman and we see London Bridge with a black flag draped on it with the Superman S.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League LANGUAGE 5

 – About 4 F-words, 6 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 10 mild obscenities, name-calling (dog, stupid, insufferable, barbarians, brutal, petty, snatchers, primitive, Jewish boy, devil, nuts, bastard, broken boy, liar, black hole of snacks, genocidal, challenged community, snack hole, crazy, lunatics), exclamations (quiet, shut-up, this is awesome, oh gosh, yes, oh gee, fish sticks, oh my gosh, jeez Louise, wow, good boy, that’s rude, oh no, what the…, look man, great, I’m in), 16 religious exclamations (e.g. My God, God Help Us, Oh My God, I Swear To God, Jesus, My Lord, Oh Christ, God, Gods Would Outlive Us). | profanity glossary |

Zack Snyder’s Justice League SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man drinks a whiskey in a pub, a man drinks whiskey from a flask and from a bottle in several scenes, and a man offers a woman a drink from a flask and she declines.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Superheroes, supervillains, alliances, working together against a common foe, symbols, secrets, death of parents, death of loved ones, death of a child, evil, terrorists, xeno-science, death from a car accident, second chances, hope, pride, having faith, instinct, love, guilt vs. reason, being rich, hate, alien technology, change, regeneration, betrayal.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League MESSAGE

 – Hate is useless. Have faith.

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