‘Justice League’ Snyder Cut: 1 of the DCEU’s Most Infamous Characters Is Probably Coming Back
After years of waiting, fans of the DC Extended Universe had their faith rewarded. Zack Snyder’s Justice League is officially coming to HBO Max in 2021. Of course, there’s still a lot fans don’t know about the Justice League Snyder cut. But it’s looking likely that one of the most divisive DCEU characters will be back for more.
The ‘Justice League’ Snyder cut will restore a ton of deleted footage
Since Justice League hit theaters in November 2017, fans have learned a lot about how Snyder’s vision was compromised. After he left the project, Joss Whedon (The Avengers) wrote and directed a ton of new material. In fact, Snyder shot only about 10 percent of the footage in the theatrical cut.
The entire third act, for instance, will be different in the Justice League Snyder cut. And several heroes will receive expanded screentime. Ray Fisher’s Cyborg perhaps suffered the most from the theatrical version. But the movie also cut out more of Jason Momoa’s Aquaman and Ezra Miller’s The Flash.
In fact, the Justice League Snyder cut will likely even bring an additional superhero into the mix. Marketing for the movie touted it would “unite the seven.” And with only six heroes featured in the marketing, many fans wondered which DC icon would make a surprise appearance. Now we’ll finally find out.
Darkseid isn’t the only villain who will be added back into the film
Another notable character absent from the theatrical Justice League is the villainous Darkseid. The cosmic baddie is alluded to in the movie but never appears. Rather, his lieutenant, Steppenwolf, serves as the primary villain. The Justice League Snyder cut will restore Darkseid’s appearance, with actor Ray Porter in the role.
But more than likely, the new Justice League will also bring Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor back. The character only shows up in the theatrical version’s post-credits scene. Early reports and concept art indicated Luthor’s story would build on where the series left him. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ended with Luthor warning Batman (Ben Affleck) about Darkseid.
Presumably, the Dark Knight would have learned more about the coming threat from Luthor’s journal. This would explain why Batman is so desperate to assemble a team to counter Darkseid’s forces. When Justice League’s theatrical cut kicks off, he already knows about Parademons with no explanation whatsoever.
Jesse Eisenberg is open to returning to the DCEU for future projects
Back in late 2019, Eisenberg revealed he would love the chance to return as Lex Luthor. Many fans were displeased by his portrayal. And that response probably led to his scenes being deleted from the theatrical cut. But the Justice League Snyder cut could mean a larger role for Eisenberg going forward. The actor recently shared his reaction to the news with DigitalSpy.
I spoke to Zack a couple of weeks ago and he told me about it. Yeah [I’m excited], because I’m friends with Zack. I’m so happy for him that he gets to release something he’s proud of. I mean, I can’t think of any other precedent in history where there was something of this scope. … [Zack] is a great guy with a very, very specific vision. And so, yes, I’m happy that he gets that. And he seemed really happy.
To Eisenberg’s point, nothing like this has ever happened with a movie as ambitious as Justice League. So it remains to be seen whether Snyder’s version will mark a shift in the future of the DCEU. For now, fans will have to take this win. More than likely, Snyder and the creative team involved will elaborate more on what, if anything, else is in the cards.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League will hit HBO Max sometime in 2021.