Warning. Spoilers for Zack Snyder’s Justice League follow…
WarnerMedia appears to have been very accommodating in allowing Zack Snyder to complete his original vision of Justice League for the HBO Max release of The Snyder Cut, even going so far as to pump around $70 million into post-production and a round of reshoots which saw the likes of Ben Affleck, Ray Fisher, Ezra Miller, Amber Heard, Joe Manganiello, Harry Lennix and Jared Leto reprising their roles some three years on from the release of the theatrical cut.
However, it seems that Snyder didn’t have complete free reign, as the filmmaker has revealed that he originally shot a version of the end scene between Bruce Wayne and Martin Manhunter with Green Lantern in place of J’onn J’onzz, only for the studio to put the block on the character’s inclusion.
“We shot a version of this scene with Green Lantern, but the studio really fought me and said ‘We really don’t want you to do Green Lantern,'” Snyder told Vanity Fair during an interview which took place during last year’s round of reshoots. “So I made a deal with them, and they let me do this [instead]… It would have been John Stewart. They were like, ‘We have plans for John Stewart and we want to do our own announcement.’ So I said all right, I’ll give you that. So [Martian Manhunter] was the compromise.”
Warner Bros. had spent a number of years developing a Green Lantern Corps movie as part of the DC Extended Universe, although this may well have been reworked into the recently announced Green Lantern series which is in the works for HBO Max under Seth Grahame-Smith (The LEGO Batman Movie) and Marc Guggenheim (Arrow). Whether the movie remains on the cards or not, it appears that its only a matter of time until we see John Stewart taking the Green Lantern oath in live-action.
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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.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder and features Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Robin Wright as General Antiope, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, Amber Heard as Mera, Joe Morton as Silas Stone, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Ciaran Hinds as Steppenwolf, Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke, Harry Lennix as Martian Manhunter, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, Zheng Kai as Ryan Choi, Peter Guinness as DeSaad, Ray Porter as Darkseid, and Jared Leto as The Joker.