Director Zack Snyder held a special 3-day event called “The Director’s Cuts”, featuring special screenings of three of his movies this week. A panel discussion with Snyder took place after the Sunday, March 24 “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” Ultimate Edition screening, where he spoke about his original plans for the “Justice League” movie.
“The original Justice League that Chris [Terrio] and I wrote, we didn’t even shoot,” explained Snyder. “The actual idea, the hard, hard idea, the scary idea, we never filmed because the studio was like ‘That’s crazy’.”
With the way “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” was received, Snyder felt that the studio started getting cold feet, and a fear of losing had taken root within the “vocal minority”.
“It’s a long story,” he continued. “The truth is that, the ‘Knightmare’ sequence in this movie was always my idea [and] that all of that would eventually be explained… and that we would end up in the distant future, where Darkseid has taken over Earth and where Superman has succumbed to the Anti-Life [Equation] … There were a few members of the Justice League that had survived in that world, that they were fighting. Batman broke a pact with Cyborg because something happened… They were working on an equation to jump Flash back to tell Bruce.”
We see in “Batman v Superman” the sequence in which The Flash warns Batman about Lois being the “key”. Snyder revealed that a post-credit scene would have shown that the team’s battle against Darkseid wasn’t over just yet.
“The Justice League teaser that wasn’t in the movie, apparently, I guess, where Wonder Woman says, it’s this line where Bruce says ‘I was right here when Barry Allen came to me and he said Lois Lane is the key,’ and she says ‘She is, to Superman. Every heart has one.’ And he goes, ‘I think it’s something more, something darker.'”
Snyder then explained to an eager crowd that if Lois had died, Superman would have fallen to the Anti-Life Equation.
“If Superman knew that somehow it was Bruce’s responsibility to protect Lois, he would have been mad at him in [Batman v Superman]. So that’s why he says ‘She was my world, and you took her from me.'”
You can watch the complete panel discussion at Vero.co, with Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” comments starting at the one hour, nineteen minute mark.