Zack Snyder's Justice League remains a very divisive film, with many fans speculating on just how much and what director Joss Whedon's reshoots changed. Although there seem to have been plans to include Darkseid in Snyder's version of the film, the final edit didn't feature the villain in any particularly major way. Now, Snyder has released an image showing one of the movie's deleted teases of Darkseid.
Snyder recently dropped an image on Vero that features what appears to be an ancient Greek carving of Darkseid, offering up a look at what could have been one of the DC Extended Universe's biggest baddies. Snyder's caption is a reference to Lex Luthor's parting words to Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
I can’t take these teases anymore!! pic.twitter.com/yaaigbJwFD— -/George\- (@kryptonscodex) November 25, 2018
If paired with an earlier tease from Snyder, this new image seems to feature Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman researching the Mother Boxes. Darkseid appears here with his unmistakable silhouette and hints of his New 52 armor. He also appears to have all three Mother Boxes assembled before him as the Unity, which the League managed to stop Steppenwolf from activating in the final theatrical cut of Justice League.
What's also interesting here is that Darkseid, who generally relies on his own powerful Omega Beams, appears to be holding a spear. Given Snyder's propensity for teasing objects from the comics in the DCEU, the carving could be teasing the Spear of Destiny. In the comics, the spear has been frequently used to control and possess those around it, potentially shedding some light on Snyder's intentions for Justice League trilogy.
While fans have gathered behind the "Release the Snyder Cut" movement, which Snyder is thankful for, it still seems unlikely we will ever get to see Snyder's vision of Darkseid hit the big screen.
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 June 5, 2020. Further ahead, Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) will soon commence production, while Matt Reeves' solo Batman film is still in the scripting stage.