After the monumental news that the Snyder Cut of Justice League is finally heading to HBO Max in 2021, everyone is eager to see what Zack Snyder had in store for his original version of the movie. Luckily, we’ve learned plenty about the hotly-anticipated movie thanks to numerous reveals from the director himself. Let’s take a look at what to expect from the Snyder Cut.
Reshoots and HBO Max
HBO Max has reportedly given Snyder a budget between $20 to $30 million to finish the film’s special effects, scoring and ADR. Although Zack Snyder wanted to do additional photography, HBO Max didn’t agree to that. They might record new dialogue, but with the main cast fully booked on projects that have been either delayed or postponed due to the shutdown, scheduling would be an absolute nightmare.
A special effects insider told Heroic Hollywood how Snyder would be able to reshoot the scenes of one particular cast member if needed, but you’ll have to watch our latest video to find out more more about that!
The director is working on a new trailer for the cut, so hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to get a glimpse of the movie. Since the cut is reportedly nearly four hours long, hopefully the trailer will clarify whether it’ll debut in full or if it’ll be chopped up into a miniseries. Snyder also told The Hollywood Reporter:
“It will be an entirely new thing, and, especially talking to those who have seen the released movie, a new experience apart from that movie. You probably saw one-fourth of what I did.”
New League Scenes
The film will widen the scope on everyone’s own personal story arcs as well as explore the wider DC Extended Universe. A perfect example is a shot of Ezra Miller’s The Flash saving a group of scientists from debris. The theatrical cut briefly showed Barry Allen’s journey from a nervous vigilante to a fully-fledged hero, but it’s obvious that we’ll see more from his super speedy heroics. Last year, Snyder also revealed a look at Kiersey Clemons’ Iris West meeting Barry in the film, presumably at the beginning of their relationship. The actress told W Magazine that her scene involved Iris being saved by Barry after falling out of a building. It’s not yet clear if Clemons will return for Ezra Miller’s The Flash movie, but we can hope.
Another Justice League member whose story will be explored further is Cyborg. Shots from the Snyder Cut surfaced online, showing his origins as a star football player at Gotham City University before a tragic accident led to his father giving him a new life as Cyborg. Don’t worry Aquaman fans, as it appears that the Atlantean sequence is also extended in the Snyder Cut, with one underwater fight which saw Mera dehydrating Steppenwolf till he’s a husk of his former self. Willem Dafoe’s Vulko will also make an appearance alongside other Atlanteans when Arthur Curry arrives to get his armor. However, the star will have a completely different look from his role in the Aquaman solo film.
As comic fans will obviously already know, there’s a key member of the Justice League missing. We briefly glimpsed an old Green Lantern in the History Lesson sequence, but what about Hal Jordan or John Stewart? The director told a fan on Vero that although that same Lantern in the past still appears in his cut, it’s not THE Green Lantern. It suggests that when his cut arrives, we might finally see a version of the hero. Martian Manhunter might also appear in the film, as Snyder revealed that Harry Lennix’s General Swanwick was going to be revealed as the DC Comics hero. The dramatic twist takes place in a scene with Lois Lane and Martha Kent, with the latter transforming into the Martian Manhunter. He quickly turns back into Swanwick, revealing that J’onn J’onnz has been in the DC Extended Universe from the beginning. Lennix recently teased his involvement with the Snyder Cut on Twitter, saying “Things don’t Just happen, they happen Just.”
But wait, there’s more! Ryan Choi A.K.A. The Atom is also a part of Zack Snyder’s Cut and we’ve already seen Orion Lee in the role. Although it seems like he hasn’t got a costume in the film, the shots of the star reveal that he’s the Director of Nanotechnology at S.T.A.R. Labs. Fans will know that Choi is the second version of The Atom after Ray Palmer, but it’s not clear whether Lee’s role was meant to be a cool Easter egg or if he was meant for something bigger. However, it’s not just new heroes, as one of the moments fans went crazy for was the brief introduction of Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke in the film’s post-credits scene. With such an incredible costume, it seems criminal not to see him return in. While reacting to the news, Manganiello teased the film’s “original end credit scene” with a sword, bat and skull emojis. Let’s hope whatever fight he’s hinting at stays in the Snyder Cut.
Ciaran Hinds’ Steppenwolf wasn’t the most captivating villain to threaten the Earth in Justice League, but the villain would’ve been the gateway to other characters from Apokolips and the New Gods. In an early trailer, the villain can be heard saying “No protectors here. No Lanterns. No Kryptonian.” He was speaking to DeSaad, Darkseid’s chief torturer on Apokolips, who was originally slated to appear in the film, with actor Peter Guiness providing his voice. The scene had Steppenwolf reporting to DeSaad about invading the planet for Darkseid, proving that there’s a bigger threat pulling the strings.
Zack Snyder teased fans on Vero that Steppenwolf’s original design from the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice deleted scene will appear in his cut. It’ll be interesting to see how the design changes the tone of the film, especially in fight scenes that were originally cut. One moment saw Cyborg step in between the villain and his father, a S.T.A.R. Labs scientist. And we’ve already glimpsed a scene from the final battle where Jason Momoa’s Aquaman impales Steppenwolf with his Atlantean weapon.
The “History Lesson” sequence in Justice League was filled with a number of references to the wider DC Universe. But the Lord of Apokolips was meant to be the main threat to the planet, with Snyder referring to him as Uxas, his original name, showing that this is a much younger version of Darkseid. The scene was intended to be a much larger sequence than the brief fight we saw, with one stuntman revealing that he shot an entire fight sequence for a violent confrontation between Ares and Darkseid.
But back in the present, the Justice League were supposed to briefly face Darkseid at the end of the film after Wonder Woman beheaded Steppenwolf. His head would’ve rolled into a Boom Tube, with Darkseid standing on the other side in Apokolips. The villain was going to crush Steppenwolf’s head before the Boomtube closed, essentially setting up a Justice League sequel where the titular team would try to defend the planet. For now, it’s not clear how big his role in the film will be, but it’ll definitely be an upgrade from the brief mention he was given in the theatrical cut.
Darkseid star Ray Porter recently confirmed that he shot scenes with Steppenwolf actor Ciaran Hinds, but didn’t reveal whether this was part of the History Lesson sequence, the finale or other scenes we don’t know about. Porter also isn’t sure if he’ll return for Ava DuVernay’s New Gods, but hopefully he gets a chance to show off the lord of Apokolips on the big screen.
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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.
Justice League is now available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD.