Directed by Joss Whedon, the mid-credits sequence is a lighthearted ode to a classic DC Comics matchup, as Ezra Miller’s The Flash challenges Henry Cavill’s Superman to a race to determine who’s truly the Fastest Man Alive. The stakes are pretty low: If Superman wins, Barry Allen must step out of his comfort zone, and treat the rest of the Justice League to lunch; if The Flash wins, well, he can boast to everyone.
The post-credits scene was directed by Zack Snyder before he left the film following a family tragedy (or, if you believe the latest rumor, after he was fired from the production by Warner Bros.). In it, Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor has escaped Arkham Asylum, where he was incarcerated at the end of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and is enjoying himself on a yacht in the French Riviera. Visited by Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke, Luthor suggests they form a league of their own to counter the actions of his arch-nemesis Superman and his allies.
Although the mid-credits scene is no more than a playful nod to comics fans, the post-credits scene, with its notion of a villainous counterpart to the Justice League, fueled rumors that Warner Bros. intends to assemble its own cinematic Legion of Doom across multiple films. Indeed, between Manganiello’s Deathstroke movie, Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam movie, Suicide Squad 2, and multiple projects featuring Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and, seemingly, dueling Jokers, the studio is leaning hard into its DC Comics villains.
Available now on digital HD, and beginning 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.
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