With theaters closed and most movies delayed indefinitely, there is one blockbuster film that is coming along with no delays: Zack Snyder’s Justice League. The fabled Snyder Cut might be the most hyped up DC film of all time, and it is certainly the most controversial. Zack Snyder recently had interviews on League of Mayhem and Beyond The Trailer to talk about the film.
You have probably seen several news sources claim that in the Beyond The Trailer interview Zack said that there will be only 4 minutes of new footage in the film. This is very misleading. What Zack actually said was “In the end it’s probably going to be about 4 minutes, 5 minutes of additional photography.” What that means is the scenes that Zack is filming right now will only make up 5 minutes of the film. However, Zack has nearly 5 hours of footage in the assembly cut that he filmed back in 2016. This film is going to be 4 hours long, the original film was only 2 hours long and at least 75% of that was reshoots. Between all of this, you can expect to see at least 3 hours of content that wasn’t in the theatrical cut. So why even bring the cast back to just shoot 5 minutes of new footage? Well Zack Snyder can do a lot in 5 minutes. For reference the Knightmare sequence in Batman Vs Superman was only 4:47 long. Most likely this extra footage is to add in a few scenes, and make the film work better as a mini series.
In this interview Zack also talked about Jared Leto’s Joker, who is back for additional photography. Zack confirmed that he would be giving Leto a different look then he had in Suicide Squad. In doing this, Zack let slip a little hint of what scene Leto might be filming. There are two scenes that make the most sense if Joker is going to have a new look. One being a flashback scene to the death of Robin, who Snyder has confirmed was killed by Joker (Not Harley Quinn, like the Suicide Squad movie told us). Joker could have a different look in this scene since it’s a flashback and as such could take place before Joker got the grill and tattoos. But as much as I would like to see Robin in this movie, I think a different scene makes more sense with what Synder told us in this interview. He said “Some water has gone under the proverbial bridge, since last we saw Joker” and “He is a road weary Joker.” These comments lead me to believe we will be seeing Jared Leto’s Joker, and possibly also Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke (Since he is also back for additional photography), in the Knightmare sequences.
In other Snyder Cut news, on the League of Mayhem interview, Zack gave us our first look at Martian Manhunter from the Snyder Cut:
Zack confirmed a long time ago, before the Snyder Cut had even been officially announced, that General Swanwick was actually Martian Manhunter. General Swanwick, played by Henry Lenix, appeared in both Man of Steel and Justice League. Fans had long suspected that there might be a little bit more to the character then met the eye. We eventually found out that he was indeed Martian Manhunter. And now we finally have our first look at the character in his Martian form. The look is very similar to how he appears in the comics, with the one exception being what looks like a pelt on his shoulders.
In the same interview Zack also gave us a look at the final Darkseid look. In case you didn’t know, the Darkseid in the Snyder Cut teaser, was not Darkseid. It was Uxas. Uxas is essentially a younger version of Darkseid before he obtains the omega force. So here is what Uxas looked like in the Snyder Cut teaser:
Many people were very upset that “Darkseid” was missing his famous blue armor. These people should be happy to hear that once Uxas does become Darkseid in the Snyder Cut, he will gain the blue armor. Zack shared this photo of Darkseid’s final look:
His blue armor and omega beams are both clearly visible in the photo. Zack has said that Darkseid won’t have that large of a role in the film, but we can rest assured that whatever scenes he is in, he will be donning his famous armor.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League will be streaming on HBO Max 2021.