By now, most of you have probably devoured Zack Snyder’s Justice League on HBO Max. All four hours and two minutes of it. Stephen Colbert, titular host of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, presented us with a vital query: what if The Snyder Cut got the late-night treatment? Thus, we were blessed with The Colbert Cut.

Now, Colbert kicked off the festivities with the real Snyder Cut end-credit scene featuring Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke. For context purposes, of course. In the scene, Luthor asks Deathstroke to join the burgeoning Legion of Doom. Then, Colbert unveiled The Colbert Cut, which purportedly expands on said end-credit scene. This time, Colbert is playing Luthor. 

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Colbert spends much of the clip confusing Deathstroke for Deadpool and Deadshot. He pokes fun at how all three are essentially “the same name.” Additionally, Luthor teases Deathstroke about his archnemesis, Robin. The Boy Wonder. The teen. Luthor inquires whether Deathstroke dukes it out with Robin and his merry band of Teen Titans at the mall. Perhaps around an Orange Julius in the food court or a Forever 21. 

Next, Luthor asserts that Deathstroke will only be fighting adults in the Legion of Doom. Luthor procures a graph dictating Marvel properties and what the juggernaut entertainment company actually owns. He spends four hours delving into the lengthy, intricate history behind Marvel and its subsequent sales and reacquisitions of its own properties. But Deathstroke is DC! 

Then, we learn that Baby Yoda is actually an Avenger. Maybe he’ll be the next Hulk. Perhaps the Legion of Doom will take on Baby Yoda! This could be Colbert’s way of predicting a massive comic book DC/Marvel crossover. 

All in all, it’s a funny clip proving that Colbert is one of the best late-night hosts out there. You can watch the sure-to-be-award-winning The Colbert Cut below. 

Sorry, The Snyder Cut, but this is the winner. Give The Colbert Cut all the accolades. Stephen Colbert should only be allowed to portray Lex Luthor from here on out. 

This article was originally published on 3/23/21

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