Over the weekend, filmmaker Zack Snyder took part in a Q&A and late yesterday came word from that about his take on the reaction to “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and some of the criticisms levelled at it.
That film not only preceded Snyder’s work on “Justice League,” but the public reaction to it led to creative changes on the DC team-up film – even before Snyder left the project and handed it over to filmmaker Joss Whedon.
Speaking at the session, Snyder revealed what he originally had planned for “Justice League” was much darker:
“The original Justice League that Chris [Terrio] and I wrote, we didn’t even shoot. The actual idea, the hard, hard idea, the scary idea, we never filmed because the studio was like ‘That’s crazy.’ When this movie came out, understand that Chris Terrio and I had finished the script to Justice League before Batman v Superman 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. We were really nervous after the response.
The truth is that, the Knightmare sequence in this movie was always my idea that all of that would eventually be explained and we end up in a distant future, where Darkseid has taken over Earth…[and] a few members of the Justice League that had survived in that world…were fighting.”
The reports from the session continue, saying It seems on this future Earth it would appear Superman had succumbed to the Anti-Life Equation. There’s now a few surviving members including Batman, the Flash and a broken Cyborg all working to send The Flash back to warn Bruce.
They worked out a complicated time travel formula which the studio was said to be on board with, but they were nervous on the “details of how and why” the League broke up.
A lot dealt with trying to prevent the death of Lois Lane at the hands of Darkseid which would lead to Superman succumbing to the Anti-Life Equation and him blaming Batman for Lois’ death. So The Flash has to transport himself back in time to stop Lois’ murder.
The explanation effectively ends the talk of a Snyder cut of the film as Snyder’s original version was never shot, the movie undergoing a massive overhaul so that much of his original vision never was put to film. No word as yet if the originally planned version will be released either in script or comic book form.