Calls for a Zack Snyder cut of Justice League are about to rekindle following the reveal of an early storyboard for the film that depicts not only a triumphant Darkseid, but also the ruins of the Hall of Justice, the headquarters made famous by Super Friends.
Unveiled by Screen Rant, the storyboard indicates that Snyder's ensemble film was set to continue the thread of the Knightmare vision introduced in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The dream sequence saw Batman fighting Parademons and Superman Soldiers in a dystopian future marked by Darkseid's Omega symbol. While the theatrical cut of Justice League didn't follow up on that vision, it appears as if Snyder intended the setup in Batman v Superman to pay off in his follow-up.
In fact, the storyboard indicates that, at one time, we were supposed to see Darkseid sitting on a throne, perhaps as a result of a vision induced by the merging Mother Boxes. Then, the vision would continue, dawning over the world as we got closer and closer to the wasteland of the city we saw in the original Knightmare sequence. There, we would see the remnants of the Hall of Justice, before seeing, once again, the Omega symbol emblazoned on the ground of this Darkseid-ruled Earth.
The Knightmare vision was a big turning point in the so-called DC Extended Universe, as it indicated there was a larger thread that would carry through the films. However, fans were left ultimately disappointed when Justice League in no way paid off that element. Now we not only know that it was supposed to be further explored, we also found out that it was also supposed to tease more iconic elements from the comics.
Over the past few weeks, there have been reports claiming that Snyder's cut of Justice League was near completion. A few deleted scenes have been sporadically revealed as the digital release of the film neared, but to many, those scenes constitute only a fraction of what the movie should contain.
Debuting today on digital HD and March 13 on Blu-ray and DVD, Justice Leaguestars 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.