By now, most people know all too well that the version of Justice League that was released in theaters in November 2017 was far from being the original vision of director and DC Extended Universe godfather Zack Snyder. Following his departure from Warner Bros., Snyder's cut of the film was greatly altered by Joss Whedon, who rewrote and re-shot many scenes.
Recently, Snyder has been quite active on social media website Vero, where he has been interacting with DC fans to let them know his initial plans for the DCEU beyond Justice League. Not only did he reveal hidden Easter eggs and references from his DC movies such as Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Man of Steel, he also let fans know what could have happened later on. And now, the director's latest revelation points to a cameo that could have turned into a leading role.
Over the weekend, the director was asked by a fan to identify a mysterious scientist character that appears in a scene opposite Joe Morton's Silas Stone in Justice League. According to Snyder, this Asian scientist was actually Ryan Choi -- a character who, in DC's comic books, goes on to become the second iteration of the miniature DC superhero, The Atom.
While the character didn't have much to do on the big screen, the fact that the seeds were planted for the arrival of The Atom in the DCEU once again shows that Snyder had big, elaborate plans for the expansion of the ranks of the Justice League. While Choi wasn't named in the film, his presence as part of the S.T.A.R. Labs team means that perhaps he was originally supposed to next appear in the solo Cyborg film -- a movie that was once announced but which no longer appears to be in the cards.
Snyder recently revealed that the open pod doors glimpsed in Man of Steel did not tease Supergirl but something else. With that, and now the idea that there were plans for The Atom, it's clear that, ever since the director launched the DCEU in 2013, he had a specific tapestry laid out -- but sadly fans will never get to see it come to fruition.
Whether we will see Ryan Choi's Atom in another DCEU movie remains to be seen, depending on which DC films Warner Bros. decides to announce next.
Next up on the DCEU docket is James Wan’s Aquaman, which is slated for release Dec. 21, David F. Sandberg’s Shazam!, which hits theaters April 5, 2019 and Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 1984, which drops Nov. 1, 2019.