Zack Snyder: Justice League is out, and has made a huge dent. It is rare to see people enjoy something they’ve already seen before. But Snyder’s vision has changed this particular belief. Speaking of this, fans instantly started demanding the sequels too. And if you look at the 4-hr mini-series, you will see that the movie ends in such a way that leads to a sequel. But all this is too far-fetched because Warner Bros. and Snyder seemingly do no have an agreement.
Snyder revealed his plans for Justice League 2 and Justice League 3 — plotted as a two-movie epic uniting “the League, the world, and the entire DC Universe” against the forces of Darkseid (Ray Porter) in a “Lord of the Rings-like finale.” He continued, “I’ll go look in my books, I probably wrote down — I do this for all the movies — probably like a page of titles that I tried,” Snyder told MTV News. “But yeah, it probably wasn’t going to be Justice League 2 and 3, that I can tell you.”
Snyder had more to express. He said,
“Look, I don’t know what they would be able to — well, frankly, there’s no telling what they can do, because they can do anything, apparently,” Snyder continued. “Let’s just put it this way: it would be, in my mind, more unlikely for this movie [the Snyder Cut] to exist than another movie to exist. That is to say, it seems more, just from a strategic standpoint, weirder to go back and finish a movie that was already released than to make a new one. But I’m glad they did, and that’s amazing. I don’t know.”
Zack Snyder has cast doubts on future live-action installments from his corner of the DCEU.
“Warner Bros., they’ve said, and Walter [Hamada, president of DC Films] said, that this is kind of a closed-loop and it is what it is, and I respect that,” Snyder said. “They consider the theatrical version of Justice League canon, but that’s their prerogative because they’re the keys to the castle, so it is what it is. But [I’m] happy that I was allowed to do [the Snyder Cut] and couldn’t be happier, because I love the fans and love that they get a little bit more of this trilogy.”
The originally planned but ultimately shelved Justice League sequels would have continued Superman’s arc to explore his personal journey and the impact he had on those around him, leading to more of a definitive conclusion for his character than the open-ended closing audiences got. The seeds for Snyder’s entire Justice League plan germinated way back in 2013, when Man of Steel established Superman as an angelic being literally sent from the heavens who has to learn how to reconcile his divine power with the human society he cohabitates.
The next entry in the planned five-part story, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, saw Supes facing the fallout from his big coming-out to the world. People like Bruce Wayne still view his strength as a threat, and the nightmarish visions of an evil Superman destroying humanity would start to build more significance if the “Snyderverse” moved forward. Snyder’s idea of Superman as a source of heroic inspiration takes center stage at this point. It’s a theme that would repeat itself time and again throughout the rest of the planned Justice League storyline, in addition to Superman’s own struggles to embrace his humanity as Clark Kent.
Justice League 3 (which was designated as Justice League 2A in the storyboards to signify that it was more like one movie split into two parts) pits a new Justice League that includes Green Lantern, Deadshot, and Mera against Evil Superman. They sacrifice themselves to give the Flash enough time to use Cyborg’s Cosmic Treadmill to go back in time and convince Bruce to save Lois from Darkseid. In a dramatic climax, Flash has just enough time to race to Bruce and, in the original storyboard plans, tell him that he’s the father of Lois’ child. Despite the pregnancy drama’s eventual omission, the main point is that Bruce throws himself in front of Darkseid’s Omega Beams, sparing Lois and reinvigorating Superman’s spirit instead of crushing it.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Ray Porter as Darkseid, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon. The film is now streaming on HBO Max.