The ongoing mystique surrounding Zack Snyder’s original version of Justice League continues to grow, and now the director seems to be adding fuel to the fire.
On the social network Vero, Snyder posted a picture of actor Ray Porter, accompanied with the caption “He’s the man.” In a later post replying to a fan’s comment, Snyder stated “For Darkseid.”
Ray Porter isn’t a terribly well-known name, but he has amassed an impressive list of credits in his decades-long acting career, with television appearances as Hestler on Justified and film appearances as in Almost Famous and Argo.
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Darkseid was long rumored to be the main villain of Snyder’s Justice League, and his presences was hinted at during the memorable Knightmare sequence from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, Darkseid was absent from the final version of Justice League, and Darkseid’s minion Steppenwolf lead the search for the Motherbox on Earth.
After over a year of speculation, details of Zack Snyder’s ultimate vision of Justice League are still trickling out. While fans have campaigned for a Snyder Cut of Justice League since the DCEU film hit theaters, no one has actually confirmed that such a version even exists. However, more of the broad strokes of Snyder’s Justice League plans have emerged, and those included a five-movie epic, Darkseid battling Greek gods, and the murder of Lois Lane.
Snyder himself reignited talk of a Snyder Cut during a Director’s Cut Event for his films, including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. When asked by an attendee about the film, Snyder said of the cut “The movie is done, it exists, but it’s basically it is up to Warner Bros.”
Whether we’ll ever get to see Snyder’s vision of Darkseid or his grand Justice League epic remains to be seen. Following the poor reception of Justice League, a hard course correct has sent the DC Universe films in a different direction. After the strong receptions of Aquaman and Shazam!, it may be some time before the Justice League suits up again.
The next DCEU release 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 theatres June 25, 2021.