Kevin Smith candidly revealed what he knows about Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League.
One of the biggest champions of superhero movies is Kevin Smith, who is a well-storied geek whose credibility goes back all the way to ’90s. Not only is he a bastion for the medium, Smith is also in the know for a lot of major studio films. Smith has been one of the biggest advocates for Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League, which has reached mythic status in the past few years. While it’s clear that Snyder had a vision for Justice League that wasn’t able to prevail, it’s always been uncertain what exactly was in it.
In a recent interview with Comicbook.com’s Talking Shop podcast, Kevin Smith revealed exactly what he knows about Zack Snyder’s vision from Justice League, which corroborates much of what has been rumoured or confirmed by the director himself.
“I was talking to some cats who were in visual effects. They had done some visual effects on Justice League. They saw the boards laid out, very elaborate boards, some of them drawn by Jim Lee that laid out the three movies that they were going to make. Somewhere it became two. I guess the idea was, the movies were Batman v Superman, Justice League 1, and Justice League 2. There was this vision of a grand universe. He said he saw Martian Manhunter on it. He said he saw Green Lanterns and stuff like that.”
Kevin Smith then continued to reveal how he learned about the “Snyder Cut” from all the people who had a hand in creating the theatrical version of the film.
“So, he broke down the script that he got to read. The movie that they shot originally, and then the movie that we saw. That’s where I first heard about what we would call the Snyder Cut. From people that worked on the movie, special effects people, they were like, ‘Dude, Darkseid was in it. This was in it…’ They went through everything. Then we did an episode of Fatman Beyond and we were reading some Internet piece about someone who had said Darkseid was in it.
Continuing, Kevin Smith also brought up how there was a test screening for Justice League that had some of what he said in it. The test screening took place before the lengthy reshoots.
“Someone in our audience, Jaimie Gathers, who comes to all of our shows. She had gone to a test screening, so she saw a version of it that had this stuff in it. She saw the Snyder Cut version before they did the reshoot because she described things that had been included as rough drawings and stuff. So they told the audience that this wasn’t finished by any stretch of the imagination. Some of the stuff she described was Darkseid and was this much grander vision for the movie,”
There’s a ton to unpack but the key parts of the film(s) that were removed include Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, and Darkseid. It’s been confirmed for quite sometime that Martian Manhunter was originally going to be in the film but they were never shot. As for Darkseid, the character was heavily teased in both Batman v Superman and Justice League, but failed to make to make an actual appearance. It’s quite disappointing that we never got to see even half the stuff that Smith revealed, but the Snyder Cut movement seems to be gaining more and more steam as the days go by.
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Here’s the official synopsis for Zack Snyder’s Justice League:
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Directed by Zack Snyder, the film stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J. K. Simmons, and Ciarán Hinds.
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