During his Batman v Superman live commentary, director Zack Snyder revealed more details about Martian Manhunter’s role in the film.
Last year, Zack Snyder revealed that Harry Lennix’s General Swanwick would’ve transformed into Martian Manhunter during his Justice League cut, but the director discussed the character’s arc a little deeper during his live stream of Batman v Superman. Although the character’s alter-ego wasn’t revealed during Batman v Superman, it’s still interesting to re-watch the film knowing Harry Lennix is secretly playing Martian Manhunter.
Zack Snyder explained that Martian Manhunter notices the relationship between Lois Lane and Clark Kent while also noticing that latter is Superman in disguise. The director praised Harry Lennix’s performance and noted that Lois and Swanwick already have an established dynamic thanks to previously meeting in Man of Steel. It would have made the planned Martian Manhunter reveal in Justice League a good surprise for the team-up film if Zack Snyder’s plan had gone ahead.
“Harry Lennix is pretending to be a human being but does a great job, but has this relationship with Lois that started in Man of Steel if you kind of track their relationship. Harry understands there’s a relationship between Lois and Clark, who he knows, of course, is Superman.”
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Here is the official synopsis for Batman v Superman:
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
Directed Zack Snyder, the DC film stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, and Holly Hunter.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is now available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD.