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Whedon’s Justice League may be the DCEU canon but we’ll see more of the Snyderverse in the future… here’s why

March 22nd, 2021 by Marc Comments

In a recent interview about his justice League movie, Zack Snyder spoke about his movie and where it lies in the wider DCEU.

Snyder admits that, once he left the original movie’s production, his movie was no longer part of the official DCEU: “I said, I famously said, and it’s true, this is not saying anything, this isn’t controversial. But you know, Warner Bros, is it, that this film, my Justice League, is not canon, right? Canon for Warner Bros. is the Joss Whedon version of Justice League, right?

“That’s, in their mind, that’s canon. And what I’m doing is not. Everything is not. So it’s just an interesting, that relationship. And I’m fine with it because I feel like the only way that I could have made this film with autonomy was because of that, because of me admitting and agreeing to the fact that it is not canon.”

Now, for sure, there’s no question that the version of the movie that led to all the other DC outings such as Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Shazam! was Whedon’s studio cut… but it must be said, we can’t help feeling that, while Snyder has said several times that he doesn’t believe he’ll get to continue his story and that this movie ends on a cliffhanger (here), there’s more Snyderverse in the future.

“I always go, what is more likely?” Snyder has also said on the Snyder Cut and the possibility of a sequel: “That Warner Bros. would ask me to make a sequel to Justice League? Or that they would resurrect a three-year-old movie, spend millions of dollars to restore it to my original [vision], and then release it? I think that the sequel would have been a more likely scenario than what’s just happened. So, I guess in the face of that I say, ‘Who knows what the future holds?'”

Who knows, indeed?

The director recently outlined what the second and third Justice League movies would have been (here) and there’s no arguing that it was going to be a very dark outing, with a lot for audiences to deal with so maybe, just maybe HBO Max is a blessing in disguise here.

Let me tell you why.

With the recent casting of Kiersey Clemons as Iris West in The Flash, returning to the role Snyder originally cast in Justice League in 2017, it’s clear that Warners/Dc aren’t set on completely eradicating his vision completely, so it’s not entirely dead.

Then with Deathstroke star Joe Manganiello speaking about his hopes for fans embracing Snyder’s vision of the movie –“I think there’s going to be excitement over continuing what Zack was up to” – we can’t help feeling that perhaps we will see more of the Snyderverse on the streamer, rather than on the big screen.

Indeed, speaking to Grace Randolph earlier this week, Snyder revealed that The Snyder Cut Exhibit in the US has whiteboards with the original ideas for the sequel which have been illustrated by legendary comic artist Jim Lee which were conceived long before Justice League began filming, but he teased that there are storyboards “that would have been the going forward now from what’s happened in Justice League,” which he won’t be showing off.

Why? Could he be hoping that he will perhaps get a chance down the line to realise his whole vision? It’s an odd thing to keep secret if you don’t believe there’s any reason to do so.

If all the rumours we have reported on recently (here, here and here) then rest-assured, next week – if a success – will not be the end of the snyderverse… and that’s just fine by us. Indeed, Grace Randolph herself has tweeted that Warner Bros ‘suits’ want Snyder back to finish his Justice League  trilogy…

In related news, a new image has been revealed of Jared Leto filming his new scenes as Joker in Justice League with Snyder filming him: “It was a secret I had to keep for so long, it feels funny to even talk about it,” said Leto before praising Snyder’s knowledge of DC lore: “[He] knows that world like nobody else… He cares so deeply about the character. He cares so much about the fans. I was happy to be a part of his journey and retelling that story and telling it the way that he always dreamed of. And it was fun to dip my toe into the character again.”

Yeah… he’ll be back for sure.

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 will debut on March 18th on HBO Max.

Source: THR

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….