It's no secret that director Zack Snyder has something of a soft spot for Frank Miller and Klaus Janson's iconic 1986 miniseries The Dark Knight Returns, which served as a source of inspiration for a number of elements in 2015's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, it appears the nods to DKR weren't just limited to BvS, as they also carried over into Snyder's latest DCEU film Justice League.
On Twitter, an eagle-eyed fan pointed out the similarities between Ezra Miller's Flash and one of Miller and Janson's illustrations of Superman. When Flash trips during the League's first encounter with Steppenwolf, his pose mirrors that of the Man of Steel being struck by lightning, which Snyder confirmed is a direct homage to The Dark Knight Returns.
Over the past few weeks, there have been reports claiming that Snyder’s cut of Justice League was near completion, and his participation in discussions about the film's original vision continues to fuel demands by fans for Warner Bros. to release the director’s cut. Whether or not that actually happens remains to be seen.
Available now on digital HD, and beginning March 13 and on Blu-ray and DVD, 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, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.
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