What Can We Expect from the Snyder Cut of “Justice League”?

Snyder Cut

Johann Tanchangco from ActionFigurePlanet has documented all the known details that make Zack Snyder’s version of “Justice League” different from what we saw in theatres back in 2017.

As you’ll recall, director Zack Snyder was forced to stand down before completing the film, due to the untimely death of his daughter. Joss Whedon was brought in to finish off the film, reshooting many scenes and making a number of changes to the script.

Here are the most notable changes from Snyder’s original version:

  1. Junkie XL (aka Tom Holkenborg) the original composer (in collaboration with Hans Zimmer) of Snyder’s DCEU who was set to take full control of the soundtrack for “Justice League” was replaced by Danny Elfman, a veteran on Tim Burton’s Batman movies.
  2. Steppenwolf’s design was changed from a more horrific appearance as seen in the deleted scene of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” to a more general audience friendly one.
  3. There was a scene of Lois visiting Superman’s memorial that was omitted in the theatrical cut.
  4. The opening credits were reworked mostly by Whedon. Most notable the infamous CGI mustache removal of Henry Cavill’s Superman.
  5. Batman did not know about the details of the Mother Boxes and Parademons from that rooftop scene battling a Parademon. He learned it from Lex Luthor himself or from one of his journals.
  6. Most of the Superman scenes were re-shot as evidenced by those ugly upper lip problems.
  7. We were supposed to get a cameo of Darkseid. And he had an important role in the movie although brief.
  8. There was more Cyborg in “Justice League”, especially his back story. His narrative was actually supposed to be prominent in the movie, notably his connections to the Mother Boxes.
  9. There was also more of The Flash in the movie, and a cameo of Iris West.
  10. Aquaman’s backstory is also explored and the ending of Aquaman’s story in “Justice League” leads up to his solo movie.

Those are 10 of the most important details. The write up below will dwell on the whole narrative of what Snyder’s “Justice League” cut will tell or what it would have led to:

The Snyder Cut “Justice League” Narrative

“Justice League” was originally planned as a trilogy with the first “Justice League” movie setting the tone for the future movies where they intend to tie up the loose ends that were first presented in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” specifically the Knightmare scene.

The first movie would not differ much from what Joss Whedon was able to come up with, but it would expand on the arrival of Darkseid which would set the Justice League to battle Darkseid in “Justice League – Part 2”.

Due to Warner Bros. meddling, the trilogy would be watered down into a duology, with “Justice League – Part 2” tying up the Knightmare scene when the Justice League lost to Darkseid, eventually realizing the foreboding Knightmare that Batman dreamed of way back in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”.

Steppenwolf would still be the same villain and utilized as is, he was the advance scout for Darkseid which would pave the way for the Justice League to seek out Darkseid (with the possible help of the Green Lantern Corps.) but would be unsuccessful in their battle. Devastating the Earth when Darkseid arrives with his Anti-Life Equation.

General Swanwick would be revealed as the Martian Manhunter, and the Martha that Lois spoke with while she was having a coffee break was actually the Martian Manhunter. Though if he had a bigger role in the movie remains a mystery. Ryan Choi a.k.a The Atom also has an appearance.

Superman’s role in “Justice League” is expanded compared to what Whedon did. Superman upon his resurrection, succumbed to the Anti-Life Equation when Lois died. This would bring to light an unhinged black-suited Superman siding with Steppenwolf as he fought against the Justice League. Now whether Snyder would push through with Lois’ death, the Knightmare scene would still eventually play out. But The Flash telling Batman that Lois is the key in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” certainly has an effect on Superman’s role in the fight against Darkseid and the evil forces of Apokolips.

There will be time travel elements (similar to “Avengers: Endgame” but remember these plans came out first before that film even hit the screens) where Batman (as suggested by The Flash that Lois is the key) sends The Flash back in time to save Lois, freeing Superman from the influences of the Anti-Life Equation. Superman upon waking up from the Anti-Life Equation would have a more expanded battle against Steppenwolf than what was seen in Whedon’s version.

Batman would eventually die (possibly in “Justice League – Part 2”) as he goes on a suicide mission, sacrificing himself in order for the League to beat Darkseid. Batman was also intended to have a more expanded search for the Justice League members as compared to the condensed one that Whedon gave us. So Batman’s role as a dark avenging crusader in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” to the most human of all the Justice League would come full circle, defining his humanity and the redemptive qualities that a former violent killing machine deserves. And yes, there was supposed to be a bad-ass Batman scene where he took hold of a giant Parademon gun.

As an icing to the cake, Lois (who was to be pregnant in the second “Justice League” movie) conceives a baby boy and names him Bruce, in honor of Batman who sacrificed himself saving Lois from Darkseid.

How will it affect the existing DCEU?

Ever since the perceived failure of Whedon’s “Justice League”, Warner Bros. has been experiencing a mixed bag of success and failure in their DC Universe movies. For the most part, movies that featured cast members from the “Justice League” movie and Snyder’s DCEU as a whole (“Aquaman” and to some degree “Shazam!” as well as “Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey”) tried to deviate and distance themselves from Snyder’s DCEU, but it cannot be denied that some story threads were still quite attached to the old DCEU. And with WB stating that they are ready to do standalone stories not connected to a larger narrative, like “Joker” and Robert Pattinson’s “Batman”, I think furthering Snyder’s DCEU won’t be hard to do if the Snyder Cut proves to be a runaway success for critics and fans alike. But again first things first. We will have to see if Snyder’s version proves to be superior to what was released in theaters. I have no doubt it will be. Fans will be waiting for HBO Max come 2021.

Thanks to Johann for allowing us to reprint his article.

Additional Notes:

  • HBO Max will finance Snyder’s efforts to complete his cut of “Justice League” to the tune of $20-$30 million. That, however, does not include reshoots. Cast members will not be returning to film any extra scenes, but could be called upon for additional dialog recordings.
  • Zoic Studios has been hired by The Stone Quarry (Zack Snyder’s production company) to complete remaining VFX work.
  • Snyder is already working on a teaser trailer for his cut of “Justice League”.
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May 25, 2020 8:07 pm

The info about there not being any reshoots comes from Umberto Gonzalez at the Wrap. He has been hit or miss lately (more miss than hit) Grace Randolph says otherwise. She says not only are they going to do reshoots, but that if JL is a runnaway success, JL2 and MOS2 will be greenlit. MOS2 might be greenlit sooner rather than later as Cavill supposedly is in talks for it. Grace was one of the ones that broke the Snyder Cut was going to be released.

May 25, 2020 9:17 pm
Reply to  svillar13

Here are the things that I’m curious about for this film. What will the beginning of this movie be like? How different will it be compared to the theatrical take? Will what we saw with the dirt rising at the end of BvS be explained in this version and will there be a difference in Superman’s resurrection in this film compared to the other version? Black suit. Will we see Superman wearing it? Will Steppenwolf look similar to the way that he did in the extended edition of BvS? Other heroes are rumored to be in this film. Green Lantern… Read more »

May 25, 2020 9:32 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

Ok so I just read what was posted here since I initially skipped through to the comments to post my questions. I usually read what the news is first before I post my thoughts but in this case, I didn’t want to lose my train of thought and lose the questions that I was thinking about. Sorry about that. But I do have one more question. Will at some point in this version of the film, will we see Lois finding out that she’s pregnant?

May 26, 2020 1:17 am
Reply to  Superman2878

One thing’s for sure: we will not be getting the horrible CGIed upper cavill lip at the start of the film. Most of what you have asked has been confirmed. For the actor portraying Darkseid, his name is Ray Porter. Steppenwolf will resemble how he was originally conceived at the BvS Ultimate Cut, and not how he was depicted in the theatrical cut. Superman’s resurrection is handled differently…at least that’s what I think. And he will be wearing the black suit after he succumbs to the anti life equation. Cyborg’s story is extended since he was slated to be the… Read more »

May 25, 2020 9:18 pm

I’m looking forward to everything that was mentioned above. However, for me, I’m mostly looking forward to more Superman scenes with NO ugly CGI upper lip. It’ll be nice to see that scene when Superman meets Alfred. I also look forward to more scenes with Lois Lane. The other thing I’m excited about is that we’ll get Junkie XL’s musical score in collaboration with Hans Zimmer! It just excites me to know that we might POSSIBLY hear the FULL epic “Man of Steel theme” when Superman makes his come back. We need that Hans Zimmer tune in addition to Junkie… Read more »

May 26, 2020 1:20 am

Seconded. This will be a completely different experience once it’s released. And I was really hoping that it would see the light of day Someday.

May 26, 2020 6:50 am

I’m more or less a pretty big “Snyder Cut” true believer, but I am seeing a lot of folks out there with what I think are pretty unrealistic expectations, up to and including teasers for sequels that in all probability, we’re not going to be getting. I expect that Zack Snyder’s Justice League will be much longer, and pretty different from the theatrical cut, especially regarding Aquaman, Cyborg, and Wonder Woman’s extremely truncated arcs, but I’m not expecting it to have a totally different plot or anything – just a different version of the plot we’ve already seen.Number one thing… Read more »

May 27, 2020 3:26 am
Reply to  Adekis

Yes, this is true. Though I asbolutely want to see this and it’s almost impossible it will be worse than the theatrical cut, we should remember that this isn’t Snyder’s original plan for Justice League. This is the truncated mess WB imposed on him, when they made them cut the second movie and rewrite it all into one during production. By all accounts there will be new footage previously unintended for release, based on the runtime and there will be new footage AT&T wants to turn the movie into a mini-series for the HBOMax release. Sequels, however, might still happen,… Read more »

May 26, 2020 4:08 pm

Man I really want a Brandon Routh Superman series on HBO Max. Is there anyone at WB who could make this happen? I’m hoping that if enough fans speak up to support a Routh Superman series, WB will listen. It worked for Snyder’s JL. Surely it could work for Routh’s Superman too. Routh’s return to Superman was a big success in this recent winter crossover. Surely someone at WB had to have notice. Please Make a Brandon Routh Superman series on HBO Max or on some kind of streaming service WB. Trust me WB. Fans would love to see Brandon… Read more »

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May 27, 2020 3:39 am
Reply to  Superman2878

By all accounts, this isn’t very likely at the moment. It’s not impossible, however, either. The Snyder Cut is being released to promote HBO Max, they want to hit Disney+ directly. Disney+ has the Mandalorian and more Star Wars stuff is bound to happen, so for AT&T the best thing they have in their arsenal are DC characters. We will probably see DC shows there and ones that are more expensive and a lot better produced than the CW stuff. This does open the doors for a Routh Superman series, assuming Routh would be down for that, but we’re still… Read more »

May 27, 2020 8:31 am
Reply to  NeoRanger

In an interview Routh said that the need to play the part of Superman had been fulfilled in the crossover event, but he also did say he would be open to play the part of Superman again and that he would love to continue playing the character. Here’s a link to that interview. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=owOvkaOgab0 Brandon does love playing Superman, so I don’t think that there would be a question on if he would want to play him or not. What I think is a factor on if there will be a Routh Superman series, will depend on the fandom for… Read more »

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May 27, 2020 1:02 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

Please don’t take what I said as being mean NeoRanger. I hope that I didn’t sound mean.

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May 27, 2020 11:59 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

“I don’t know about the likelihood of Routh’s series happening.” I didn’t like how I phrased that. It sounds like it came out wrong and was too negative. Instead I’ll say that I don’t know what the future holds for Brandon’s Superman, but I will continue to advocate for him to return to the role of Superman and continue to play him as long as possible. 🙂

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May 28, 2020 5:02 am
Reply to  Superman2878

It came out fine, don’t worry about it. You never have to walk on eggshells when you’re responding to me and you don’t need to worry about offending me or any such thing. If I’m offended, I’ll make it clear and short of directly insulting me, I’m not likely to be offended by anything.

May 28, 2020 8:25 am
Reply to  NeoRanger

Thanks NeoRanger. 🙂

May 26, 2020 5:29 pm

I’ll just wait and see what the finished product looks like … My expectations aren’t high, because I don’t think a makeover after the fact will change the fundamental truth that ‘Justice League’ was just not very good. Also, reading this article – it really grates on my nerves when writers basically imply that Lois is the only thing in the world preventing Superman from becoming a murderous tyrant. Real people survive losing their loved ones, even under horrible circumstances, without turning into axe murderers or terrorists. The thing about Superman is he’s supposed to exemplify the best in humanity… Read more »

May 27, 2020 3:28 am
Reply to  LarGand

I’m with you on Lois, it’s the thing that makes the Injustice storyline so infuriating as well. In their defense here, they at least throw the anti-life equation into the mix, so Superman would technically be under Darkseid’ control, but it’s still not something I care to see.

May 27, 2020 3:24 am

He wears the black suit for the whole film. Zack confirmed that. I’m assuming the suit colour will be changed in post production. Can’t wait.

May 27, 2020 3:34 am
Reply to  manofsteel

Wait, that can’t be true. We have screenshots of the team in the final showdown, when they take glimpse of Darkseid through the boom tube, and Superman is wearing his red-and-blue suit. That’s Snyder footage.

May 27, 2020 4:07 am
Reply to  manofsteel

I’m aware that Superman will wear the black suit at some point. However, there are deleted scenes on YouTube, which Zack Snyder shot, of Superman wearing his traditional blue suit with a red cape, which were cut from the theatrical version. One scene involved Superman walking through the scout ship and looking at different versions of his suit and then finally walking out of the scout ship with his blue suit/red cape, which is a wide-shot similar to the one in “Man Of Steel.” Another scene is of Superman wearing his blue suit, red cape and showing up to meet… Read more »