We may never get to see Zack Snyder's cut of Justice League, but the director has finally revealed some of his plans for the film, before he would step away from the project -- and before Warner Bros. would alter his initial vision.
Speaking at The Director's Cut panel at the ArtCenter College of Design, Snyder revealed to a packed audience how the dark 'Knightmare' future that was glimpsed in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice came to be.
"The truth is that the 'Knightmare Sequence' in this movie, it was my idea that all of that would eventually be explained - is that a surprise?," the director said. "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]. And there were a few members of the Justice League that survived to that world, and that they were fighting, Batman and a broken half of Cyborg - there's only half of him because of whatever happened - they were working on an equation to jump back to tell Bruce... those were the things that we were dealing with. And the studio, they were still sort of into the big look, but the deep depth about how and why everyone was mad at each other..."
As Snyder continued, he revealed that the Flash's warning to Bruce Wayne about Lois Lane being the key was central to this future. "Because Lois - and it's in the Justice League teaser; it wasn't in the movie apparently... it's this line where Bruce says, 'I was right here, and Barry Allen came to me and he said 'Lois Lane is the key.' And then [Wonder Woman] goes, 'She is to Superman; every heart has one.' And he goes, 'I think it's something more, something darker.' And what it means is that the thing that was darker was all about if Lois died, Superman would succumb to the Anti-Life, right? And Superman knew that somehow it was Bruce's responsibility to protect Lois, he would've been mad at him in this movie, and that's why he says, 'She was my world, and you took her from me."
But what, exactly, happened to the intrepid reporter? Well, according to Snyder, she would have fallen at the hands of the DC Universe's big bad. "Because he [Bruce] had to jump back right before Darkseid Boom Tubes into the Batcave to murder Lois."
Of course, with Warner Bros. bringing in Joss Whedon to re-shoot and retool Justice League, the final film was far from Snyder's original vision. Since a Snyder Cut of the film is unlikely to ever be released, the director's answers may be all that fans will ever get to bring closure to this Batman v. Superman plot thread.
Next up for Warner Bros. is David F. Sandber's Shazam!, which will hit theatres April 5; Cathy Yan's Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), slated for release Feb. 7, 2020; Patty Jenkin's Wonder Woman 1984, coming June 5 2020; James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, which will bow August 6, 2021 and Matt Reeves' solo Batman film, which will swing into theatres June 25, 2021.