REPORT: DC Didn’t Want Martian Manhunter In ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’

DC had other plans for Martian Manhunter.

Harry Lenix Martian Manhunter Zack Snyder Cut Justice League Scene

According to a new report on the making of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, DC Films almost blocked Snyder’s use of Martian Manhunter in the movie.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League saw Harry Lennix’s Secretary of Defense Calvin Swanwick revealed to actually be the extraterrestrial hero, Martian Manhunter. However, while this was a reveal fans had been waiting for, it almost never happened.

DC Films reportedly had other plans for Martian Manhunter and didn’t want the character to appear in Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League, but the director allegedly forced the character’s scenes through.

Martian Manhunter’s Snyder Cut Scenes

A report from Rolling Stone that looks at the behind-the-scenes drama in the making of Zack Snyder’s Justice League revealed that DC Films president Walter Hamada had demanded footage of Martian Manhunter be cut from Snyder’s version of the film.

DC reportedly had other plans for Martian Manhunter and felt Zack Snyder’s use of the character – which consisted of two small cameo appearances that contributed little to the overall plot of Justice League – would be a waste. Martian Manhunter reportedly did not appear in the film’s script and the studio was blindsided by the scenes in which he appeared.

Sources claim that Zack Snyder threatened to delete other footage if he didn’t get to use Martian Manhunter in his cut of Justice League. Snyder has refuted these claims and has said he would have had no ability to do this.

Ultimately, Walter Hamada and then-Warner Bros. chairman Ann Sarnoff were overruled by WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar, who allowed Zack Snyder to keep Martian Manhunter in the film and granted the director an additional $13 million in production costs. At the same time, fans were posting incendiary photoshopped images of Hamada and Sarnoff on social media.

An insider noted that the additional funds Snyder was awarded ultimately resulted in the director being granted a total of “$73 million while people were losing their jobs at the studio for a director’s cut of a film that already lost hundreds of millions.”

Here is the synopsis for Zack Snyder’s Justice League:

“In ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE, determined to ensure Superman’s (Henry Cavill) ultimate sacrifice was not in vain, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) aligns forces with Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) with plans to recruit a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions. The task proves more difficult than Bruce imagined, as each of the recruits must face the demons of their own pasts to transcend that which has held them back, allowing them to come together, finally forming an unprecedented league of heroes. Now united, Batman (Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) may be too late to save the planet from Steppenwolf, DeSaad and Darkseid and their dreadful intentions.”

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Source: Rolling Stone