Fans have been screaming for the release of the true Zack Snyder cut of Warner Bros Justice League, but it’s never going to happen. I’m not just saying that because the DCEU has pretty much died and is in the midst of a massive restructuring, I’m saying it because the real version of the film was never even shot. Thanks to Twitter user Stephen M Colbert (no, not that one), we now know a lot more about what could have been. Here is what Zack Snyder told him when he asked about it last night at a special screening of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice:
“When this movie came out, understand that Chris Terrio and I had finished the script to Justice League before BvS came out. Some people didn’t like the movie. A vocal minority. So they said ‘there’s a lot of stuff we don’t want you to do’ so we did a rewrite from that script. So the original Justice League script, we didn’t even shoot. The really scary version. Because we were really nervous after the response.
The truth is that the Knightmare sequence in this movie is always something that I intended to explain and we end up in a future Earth where Superman has succumbed to the Anti-Life equation and there are a few surviving members of the Justice League, and a broken Cyborg was working with Batman to send Flash back to warn Bruce. There was a scene in the trailer, apparently, it didn’t make it into the movie, where Bruce says Flash came to him and warned him that “Lois was the key” and something darker was coming.
They worked out a complex (and nonsensical) time travel formula. But the Earth has to be in the right position when Flash jumps or he’ll jump back in time into space. And Cyborg asked when Batman wanted to send Flash back between 2 windows. Batman said “Which one would you send him in if you didn’t ask me?” and then tells Cyborg to do the opposite. Darkseid was supposed to boom tube into the Batcave and murder Lois!?!?”
This movie was never shot and it’s kind of a shame. I’m not sure it would have been good, but it would have been different. Maybe we’ll get lucky and some fans will make an animated fan film of it someday.