Though he didn't make the final cut, iconic DC Universe villain Darkseid was originally intended to appear in Warner Bros.' Justice League film. Before Zack Snyder stepped down to deal with a family tragedy, he had even cast the role, with Argo alum Ray Porter stepping into the Lord of Apokolips' big shoes. Now, Porter has offered a little preview of what Darkseid would have sounded like in the DC Extended Universe.
In a video supporting the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut campaign, Porter says, "Project Comic-Con. Release the -- sorry, release the Snyder Cut." His first "release the" is said in a deep, gravelly voice that was likely his version of Darkseid, minus any effects, reverb or EQ. You can hear for yourself in the video below.
Porter will appear at Comic-Con International in San Diego with the Snyder Cut campaign. The clip above originated in a much longer video by campaign organizer Will Rowlands. Both follow a Father's Day social media post by Snyder, who gave fans a black-and-white glimpse of what his Darkseid could've looked like.
A lot of what Snyder wanted to include in Justice League ended up being cut, including a fight scene with Darkseid. When Snyder stepped down as director, Joss Whedon finished up production on the film, changing its tone and direction in the process. Soon, rumors of a Snyder cut of the film began gaining traction online. Several people involved with the production, including Snyder himself, have also publicly discussed the Snyder cut, which is supposedly more in line with the director's original vision for the film. Since then, public demand for the Snyder cut has only increased.
Next up for the DC Extended Universe is Cathy Yan's Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), slated for release Feb. 7, 2020; Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman 1984, coming June 5 2020; James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, which arrives August 6, 2021; and Matt Reeves' solo Batman film, which will swing into theaters June 25, 2021.