Zack Snyder’s Justice League proved that DC can focus heavily on character development. With the long-awaited four-hour mini-series finally hitting the floor, Zack Snyder has convinced everyone that he does what he thinks. Snyder’s Cut was heavily appreciated by other directors and actors throughout the industry. Since then, fans have been demanding to restore the SnyderVerse. But it is highly doubtful if Justice League 2 will ever come to life. Even though Snyder’s Cut introduced many characters, it never sidelined the existing ones.
In the climax battle, we saw the Justice League going toe-to-toe against Steppenwolf. While the rest of the Justice League was dealing with the antagonist and his army of Parademons, Victor was attempting to disable the Mother Boxes. But this could not be done without Barry, aka the Flash. Even with Superman on their side, the heroes could not stop the Unity of the Mother Boxes (thanks to Garry the Parademon). This in return caused a massive explosion that wiped the entire planet clean.
This is where The Flash comes in. Zack Snyder’s Justice League proved that Barry is not just a Metahuman with super-speed. In fact, he is so much more than that. Barry finally stepped into the Speed Force. He reverses time, giving the team another chance to separate the Unity and kill Steppenwolf. It’s one of the most visually stunning moments in the film. We see the entire Justice League’s members’ bodies being restored to how they were before the Unity was formed. The attention to detail in this particular scene was insane. Basically, Flash ran back so fast that he reversed time itself.
Zack Snyder laid the groundwork for a sequel to show Barry going where he’s never gone before in Live Action. The scene when an older version of Barry appears with an explicit warning for Bruce in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice implies (and Zack Snyder has confirmed it) that Batman and Cyborg built the Cosmic Treadmill in the Batcave sometime after the events of Justice League. The Treadmill was a means for the Flash to travel back to a specific point in time while running in a fixed physical location.
It was devised in order to prevent Barry from ending up in a different world. Snyder may have been planning a scene where he does exactly that, prompting the other big brains of the League to come up with a way to make sure Barry lands on target. But we do not propose this without basis. Snyder has offered a hint at this star-crossing time travel scene in the “Mother Box Origins” trailer that dropped in February 2021. The trailer shows reliefs of the six Justice League members on different sides of a drifting Mother Box, each surrounded by objects and moments from their respective origin stories. Bruce’s side of the box shows nods to his origin story, while Diana is surrounded by objects reminiscent of her days fighting in World War I. Barry appears amidst a series of stars and planets, with a sundial floating overhead and a collection of clockwork gears scattered behind him.
This very scene could be the foundation of Flash’s abilities to quite literally rewind time and space, with entire galaxies wheeling around him as he travels the space between worlds. But Zack Snyder has cast doubts on future live-action installments from his corner of the DCEU.
Snyder told MTV News:
“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. 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’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.