Since the release of Justice League back in late 2017, a section of the DC fanbase has been very vocal in its efforts to try and convince Warner Bros. to unveil ‘The Snyder Cut’, letting us see what Zack Snyder had in store for the DC superhero team-up before Joss Whedon came on board to oversee extensive reshoots.
Well, as it happens, said cut would not be Snyder’s original vision for Justice League anyway, as the filmmaker has revealed that his original script was actually scrapped in the wake of the mixed reception to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with the studio demanding a rewrite.
“Chris Terrio and I had finished the script to Justice League before BvS came out,” said Snyder during a Q&A following a screening of the Batman v Superman Ultimate Edition. “Some people didn’t like the movie. A vocal minority. So they said ‘there’s a lot of stuff we don’t want you to do’ so we did a rewrite from that script. The original Justice League that Chris and I wrote, we didn’t even shoot. The actual idea, the hard, hard idea, the scary idea, we never filmed because the studio was like ‘That’s crazy.'”
“It’s a long story,” Snyder continued. “The truth is that, the Knightmare sequence in [Batman v Superman] was always my idea that all of that would eventually be explained … and that we would end up in the distant future, where Darkseid has taken over Earth and where Superman has succumbed to the Anti-Life Equation. There was a few members of the Justice League that had survived in that world, that they were fighting.”
Snyder went on to reveal that his original plan was to have the Justice League – and in particular, Batman – tasked with protecting Lois Lane from Darkseid, However, the intrepid Daily Planet reporter would ultimately have been killed by the villain, leading to the post-apocalyptic world we glimpsed in Batman v Superman. The heroes would then embark on an Avengers: Endgame-style quest to undo the devastation by sending The Flash back in time to prevent Lois’ death.
Obviously these plans are vastly different to what ended up on screen, and would presumably have played out across the originally announced Justice League – Part One and Justice League – Part Two before Warner Bros. got cold feet and decided to push things in a completely different direction. Was that the right decision by the studio? Or are you disappointed that we didn’t get to see Snyder’s vision play out? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @FlickeringMyth…
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