Dedicated in memory of Zack Snyder's daughter Autumn Snyder (1996 - 2017). Her death is the reason Snyder stepped down from the production of Justice League (2017).
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According to Zack Snyder, this version contains no shots filmed by Joss Whedon from the theatrical version of Justice League.
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In order to keep full creative control and ensure that the fans receive the most benefit from the director's cut, Zack Snyder declined to be paid for finishing his "Justice League".
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Despite directorial credits, Zack Snyder has never actually seen the theatrical cut of Justice League (2017). Reportedly, his wife Deborah Snyder and his good friend and executive producer Christopher Nolan advised him to never see it, as it would "break his heart."
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Confirmed in an interview by Deborah Snyder and Zack Snyder. The Snyder Cut only has about five minutes total of new shot added scenes with actors but there are over 2,000 new visual effects shots in the four-hour film.
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Victor Stone/Cyborg was originally described as the "heart of the movie" by Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder, but Joss Whedon controversially cut most, if not all, of Cyborgs storyline for the theatrical version. Victor's plot line is restored in this version.
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Ciarán Hinds's Steppenwolf is entirely redesigned for this film as Zack Snyder intended to. Even his voice is more intimidating and distorted than his voice in Justice League (2017). According to Weta Digital's Simeon Duncombe and Anders Langlands, as the film's Animation Supervisor and Visual Effects Supervisor, they were essentially going back to Snyder's original vision with the Snyder Cut, revisiting all elements that were planned beforehand; thus, restoring the original vision rather than having to create something new. Steppenwolf's Snyder Cut look was even clearly hinted in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).
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Soon after the theatrical release of Justice League (2017), in which many fans and critics alike found the film an inaccurate representation of Zack Snyder's vision, the hashtag #ReleaseTheSnyderCut began to grow in popularity through social media in hopes of promoting a possible director's cut. Over the years since its inception, the "Release The Snyder Cut" movement has helped gain traction all the way to Warner Bros. executives and even through raising money for numerous charities associated with suicide prevention and awareness. In May 2020, after a virtual Man of Steel (2013) watch party, Snyder officially announced the project with Henry Cavill.
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According to Zack Snyder, despite the film's cliffhanger ending, there won't be a sequel to elaborate the events, until Warner Bros. and/or AT&T decides otherwise.
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This is not the first time Warner Bros. has released a director's cut under public pressure. In 1980, a similar issue surrounded after the release of Superman II (1980). Critics believed the film was lacking the superior tone of its predecessor. Original director Richard Donner was fired by the producers and was replaced with Richard Lester. Lester altered the film's pacing heavily and made it lighter in tone compared to the first film. Decades later in 2004, Lois Lane actress Margot Kidder said in an interview that a Richard Donner cut of Superman II exists. Following this, a fan petition started which caught the attention of Michael Thau, a film editor. He contacted Warner Bros. and proved the existence of the Donner cut. After Warner Bros. green-lit the release, Thau teamed up with Stuart Baird to reassemble the footage Donner shot during his involvement. Thau and Baird took some advice from Richard Donner himself. This marked the return of the original Superman (1978) composer John Williams by way of archived recordings. The final cut, which ran for 116 minutes (the theatrical version ran for 127 minutes), was released as Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (2006) in November 2006, after the summer release of Superman Returns (2006).
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According to Zack Snyder, another black-and-white version of the film is on the way, containing an alternate ending.
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Cinematic debut of DC Comics villain Darkseid. 2021 also marks the 50th anniversary of his first full appearance in the comics, in "Forever People" #1 (February 1971).
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Zack Snyder's Justice League is deemed the original version of Justice League, expected to reform the bridge of continuity between Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) (Ultimate Edition) and Aquaman (2018).
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A speculated runtime of Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) was three hours and thirty-four minutes, as implied by a photo Snyder posted to Vero of a film reel with a label reading, "Running Time: 214." The official runtime for the Snyder cut is a whopping four hours and two minutes. The theatrical cut of Justice League (2017) runs at only two hours, and utilizes less than 10% of the footage Snyder already shot.
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The film is implied to take place only a few weeks after climactic events in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), while the Joss Whedon cut of Justice League is implied to take place at least over a year since Superman's death.
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This film dethroned The Dark Knight Rises (2012) to be the longest DC film ever made. The Dark Knight Rises ran for 165 minutes (2 hours and 45 minutes).
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The controversial upper-lip CGI of Superman (Henry Cavill) is absent from this film. This was because Zack Snyder did not use any of the Whedon reshoots of Cavill while he was committed to Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018).
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Majority of the film was shot almost back-to-back after the production completed on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). The epilogue and some additional scenes were filmed at October 2020.
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In January 2019, Zack Snyder released a T-Shirt as a reward for people who donated proceeds to help the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The artwork design on the T-Shirt resembles the Kabbalah Tree of Life and is also said to be a cryptic map of how his intended Justice League trilogy would have played out. On the reverse side of the shirt is a quote by famed literature professor, Joseph Campbell (who wrote the Hero's Journey) saying that 'All the Gods, all the Heavens, all the Hells, are within you.'
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At DC Fandome 2020 it was confirmed that The Snyder Cut will be a four part miniseries. But in January 2021, WarnerMedia confirmed in a press release that it would be released as a feature-length film, not a miniseries.
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The name on the truck that nearly runs over Iris West (Kiersey Clemons) is clearly labeled Gard'ner Fox. Gardner Fox, along with Julius Schwartz, is one of the founding fathers of the Justice League of America comics. Fox also co-created the Golden Age Flash (Jay Garrick).
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#ReleaseTheSnyderCut was the most tweeted hashtag for an unreleased movie.
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The first modern superhero film to be released in 1.33:1 (4:3) "TV" ratio, close to the 1.37:1 "Academy" aspect ratio format used up until the 1960s.
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Superman dons his iconic black suit in this definitive version of Justice League, as confirmed by footage revealed at Justice Con, an online live fan-organized zoom event on Zack Snyder and his cut of Justice League. For the 2017 theatrical cut, any scene featuring him in his black suit was supposedly digitally color-corrected to the classic blue, red and yellow. This is recently contradicted by stills and behind the scenes footage of the Snyder Cut where Henry Cavill is never seen in black suit in scenes that he should be, suggesting that while it was always intended for Superman to return in his Regeneration Suit, it was always the practical plan to have his classic suit 'fixed' in post than to come up with an identical suit but in black and silver, unlike the black suit he sported in Man of Steel (2013).
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Was confirmed by Zack Snyder himself after a live watch party of Man of Steel (2013) on May 20th, 2020. Henry Cavill was also present on camera during Snyder's announcement that "The Snyder Cut", after nearly three years of heavy campaigning by the fans and stars alike, was indeed coming to HBO Max in 2021.
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Although Jesse Eisenberg appears in the main credits, he has less than 2 minutes of performance in the whole 4-hour movie.
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The movie's teaser has Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" song in it - which was also used by director Zack Snyder previously in Watchmen (2009).
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Joker uttering the lines, "We live in a society..." drew a huge response from online audiences as this phrase became a meme on the internet that gained popularity during the release of the film Joker (2019). Unfortunately, this line was cut from the final film.
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The second R-rated film of the DCEU-not counting Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) (Ultimate Edition) as it was released on Blu-Ray only, after Birds of Prey (2020). Birds of Prey is the shortest film of the DCEU, at 108 minutes. Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) runs for 242 minutes.
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On May 20, 2020, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and surprise visit from Henry Cavill on the Man of Steel (2013) Watch Party on Vero, officially announced Zack Snyder's Justice League coming 2021 on HBO MAX.
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The cast features 6 Oscar winners (Ben Affleck, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, Russell Crowe, Jared Leto, and Kevin Costner), and 4 Oscar nominees (Amy Adams, Willem Dafoe, Jesse Eisenberg, and Diane Lane).
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The Snyder Cut was given a red carpet exclusive premiere on the Melbourne IMAX cinema in Australia on the 17th of March, 2021. Zack Snyder recorded an introduction specifically for that audience and the single showing.
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Junkie XL composed the soundtrack for the film. He used a sombre yet triumphant tone in his scores as the film's darker and serious narrative, as opposed to the lighthearted and uplifting narrative and background scores of the theatrical Justice League (2017).
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In the scene that precedes Barry Allen trying to pass himself off as a soldier, Batman is seen perched on a rooftop overlooking Metropolis. The music that plays at that moment is the same theme that plays in a similar scene from Batman Begins (2005) of Batman perching on a building over Gotham City.
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In Wonder Woman's story about the Age of Heroes, after Darkseid is defeated she explains that each race was given a Mother Box to keep safe. When they showed the Amazons, they beamed a purple ray at the Mother Box and sealed it. The purple ray comes from Wonder Woman's first issue but it was used for healing organic matter.
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The longest superhero film released in the 2020s. Also, this film surpassed Avengers: Endgame (2019) to be the longest running superhero film ever made. Endgame ran for around 181 minutes (3 hours and 1 minute).
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In an interview to promote the Snyder Cut, Zack Snyder revealed, "If you look carefully at the movie, there are Easter eggs that actually describe my emotional state while shooting this-like the headline of the newspaper that gets thrown down at Lois Lane's (Amy Adams) feet ... I'm not going to say what it says (laughs). But if you read and Google that, you'll find out where I was in the process." This is also evident in an extended scene of Bruce Wayne's (Ben Affleck) recruitment of Barry Allen (Ezra Miller), showing them driving past an afsp.org billboard that reads, "You are not alone." Snyder's exit from the production in 2017 precipitated from the passing of his daughter Autumn.
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The very first trailers of Justice League (2017) contained shots filmed by Zack Snyder, which are included in this version, but were altered or completely removed from the theatrical release.
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Marks as the longest film of the careers of the entire cast.
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The two brawls between Steppenwolf and his Parademons and the Justice League take place in abandoned or isolated places like abandoned underground facilities or ghost towns. This was because Zack Snyder received criticism from fans that he simply doesn't care about civilian casualties during the final battle sequences, given to what happened in Man of Steel (2013) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). So Snyder set the two face-offs between the League and Steppenwolf in two deserted places, with minimal to no civilian casualties.
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All three of the Zack Snyder DCEU films have a scene where there is a football game playing in the background of an important scene. In Man of Steel (2013), there is a college football game going on during the scene where Zod makes his broadcast to Earth. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) (Ultimate Edition), there is another college football game just finishing up when the two cops investigate Batman branding the Human Trafficker. In Justice League, there is footage of yet another college football game featuring Victor 'Vic' Stone/Cyborg pulling off some amazing plays and winning the game.
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Billy Crudup appears in the film as Henry Allen the father of Ezra Miller's Barry Allen/The Flash. Crudup also portrayed Dr. Manhattan/Jon Osterman in director Zack Snyder's adaptation of Watchmen (2009).
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Zack Snyder's first original R-rated film not to contain any sexuality.
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Avengers: Endgame (2019) directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo congratulated Zack Snyder on Twitter after the film's debut in HBO Max. Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) dethrones Avengers: Endgame as the longest-running superhero film ever released.
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The final fight sequence lasts for at least twice longer than the theatrical cut's.
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The theatrical Justice League (2017) is the shortest film of the DCEU (120 minutes), until it was surpassed by Birds of Prey (2020), which runs for 108 minutes. The director's cut of Justice League is the longest film of the DCEU, with a runtime of 242 minutes. Also, this will be Zack Snyder's longest film. Before this version of Justice League, Watchmen (2009) (Ultimate Cut), which runs for 215 minutes (also based on DC characters), was Zack Snyder's longest film.
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Shots of Superman in the Knightmare sequences are borrowed footage of Henry Cavill from Man of Steel (2013) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).
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Zack Snyder originally envisioned the movie to have a comparatively lighter tone than of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). He chose to lighten the mood of Justice League because of the backlash of BvS, where the critics criticized the realistic tone of that film.
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The second director's cut of a superhero film released by Warner Bros. under fan pressure, after Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (2006) (The Richard Donner Cut).
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This marks the second movie collaboration of Willem Dafoe (Vulko) and J.K. Simmons (Commissioner Gordon). They had both co-starred in Spider-Man (2002).
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As of March 2021, this is the longest film on the IMDb Top 250, surpassing Gone with the Wind (1939).
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After the film's release, fans have redubbed the 2017 theatrical version as the "Josstice League" or "Whedon cut", referring to the substitute director of the original film, Joss Whedon.
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It currently holds a 73% approval critics rating in Rotten Tomatoes, compared to the 40% rotten rating of the 2017 theatrical version.
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Each of the DCEU films that Zack Snyder has directed had a different director of photography. Man of Steel (2013) had Amir Mokri; Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) had Larry Fong; and Justice League (2017) had Fabian Wagner.
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There is a shot of a spring rocking horse like in the Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) intro after the nuclear holocaust. Then Joe Morton comes. Morton played Miles Bennett Dyson in Terminator 2.
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Both Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon, who oversaw the 2017 theatrical release as writer and director of reshot material, attended college with Michael Bay. Whedon attended Wesleyan University the same time as Bay had, and Snyder attended the Art Center School of Design in California at the same time as Bay.
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The angel statue seen at the back of the graveyard, in which Cyborg digs up a grave is the same statue seen during the Comedian's funeral scene in Watchmen (2009), a film previously directed by Zack Snyder.
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Cinematic debut of J'onn J'onnz/Martian Manhunter, one of the seven original members of the Justice League of America in the DC Comics. Harry Lennix was unaware of Calvin Swanwick's real identity until October 2019, when Zack Snyder showed him a storyboard of "Martha Kent" shifting into "Swanwick" after visiting Lois Lane.
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When exhuming Superman, Barry refers to Diana as "Wonder Woman." This is the first time that name is spoken in a DCEU film.
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Acording to producer Deborah Snyder, Ezra Miller filmed their additional footage during their Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3 (2022) shooting, and was directed by Zack Snyder via Zoom. Ben Affleck and Jared Leto filmed their additional Batman-Joker scene separately.
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Zack Snyder threatened to quit from the film over a Green Lantern appearance at the post-credits scene. Snyder originally wanted Green Lantern John Stewart in his cut of Justice League, but Warner Bros. blocked it, saying they have plans for John Stewart and they want to do their own announcement. Both the studio and Snyder later settled on Martian Manhunter.
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Cameo: Jerry, the police officer who Lois gives coffee to at the Superman memorial, is actor Marc McClure, who played Jimmy Olsen in Superman (1978).
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According to the plaque towards the end of the film, Arkham Asylum was built in 1974 which was the year Arkham first appeared in DC comics (specifically Batman #258).
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In the scene where Clark dons the Regeneration Suit, he hears both of his fathers (Jonathan Kent and Jor-El) seemingly talking to him, and there are clearly new lines recorded by both of them that weren't in either Man of Steel (2013) or Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).
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Zack Snyder originally wanted to film the Knightmare Batman and Joker confrontation scene at his own home.
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The fictional ghost town in the film is based on the city of Pripyat, Ukraine, which houses the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. On April 26, 1986, the plant exploded in an accident, releasing century-lasting nuclear radiation among the city of Chernobyl and its closest neighbor Pripyat. Though a handful of families still live in Chernobyl, Pripyat is left totally abandoned since 1986.
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During the introduction to Barry Allen a hot dog cart is hit by a truck. The side of this truck said Gard'ner Fox. Gardner Fox is the co-creator of many DC characters including The Flash. The hot dog cart that is hit also says Granny Goodness Tube Steaks. Granny Goodness is one of Darkseid's faithful generals and can be seen standing next to Darkseid when the Justice League defeats Steppenwolf.
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Returning for this film, and also having reprised the role in the music video for Rick Ross's and Skrillex's "Purple Lamborghini", Jared Leto is the only other actor to portray the Joker more than once in live-action, after Cesar Romero
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Cameo: Two members of The Green Lantern Corps have cameos during the film; in addition to Yalan Gur who aided in defending Earth from Uxas (The Young Darkseid), the body of a Green Lantern resembling Kilowog, well known as the Green Lantern drill instructor, can be seen during Cyborg's visions while resurrecting Superman.
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The resurrected Superman finally appears with the black version of his costume. The "Death" and "Return of Superman" story arcs from the comics had been planned to be adapted to a live-action Superman film for almost two decades before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) depicted "Death". Tim Burton's "Superman Lives" would feature a resurrected Superman the black suit (formally the Regeneration Suit), which ended up dropped from Justice League (2017).
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Silas Stone (Joe Morton) dies while holding a detonator in his hand, sacrificing himself to mark the Mother Box. His death scene is similar to the death of Miles Dyson in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), where Dyson blows up the Cyberdyne building while sacrificing himself to save Sarah and John Connor, holding a detonator in his hand. Morton played Miles Dyson in that film.
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During the battle against Darkseid in the First Age of Heroes, Zeus (Sergi Constance) is seen as part of the defenders of Earth. He bears a striking resemblance to Gerard Butler's King Leonidas from Zack Snyder's first film with Warner Bros, 300 (2006).
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First movie to have Joker has a character where he doesn't kill, mame, inflict physical harm, blow up something, or do anything that could be considered violent to anyone or anything.
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