Zack Snyder’s Justice League is now just over a month away and I can’t wait. The 214-minute behemoth will show the superhero blockbuster as its creator intended and will be a completely different beast from the terrible Joss Whedon version. Joe Manganiello will finally make a proper appearance as Deathstroke, Ezra Miller shot new scenes as the Flash from the Fantastic Beasts 3 set, the long-awaited return of Ben Affleck as Batman is on the way, and Jared Leto is reprising his Joker (who promptly reminded us that we live in a society).
Of course, one major difference from the theatrical cut will be the villainous Steppenwolf. He was among the more criticized aspects of the original pic, being realized through rushed CGI and with very thin characterization. Now, he’s reverted to his initial scarier design and Snyder is involving his master Darkseid, the God of all Evil. But the trailer released over the weekend showed yet another of Darkseid’s lieutenants as well, the diabolical Granny Goodness, and the director has confirmed that she’s indeed in the film.
We got confirmation from Zack!
This is Granny Goodness! pic.twitter.com/BKuB8QJkID
— Reviews by Brooks (@brookstweetz) February 12, 2021
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For those who don’t know, Granny Goodness is a classic Jack Kirby creation and debuted in the pages of 1971’s Mister Miracle #2. She’s gone on to be one of the more popular Apokalyptian villains, too, appearing in Superman: The Animated Series, Smallville and most recently in Harley Quinn. Justice League will be her first time on the big screen, though we don’t know if she’s anything other than a background character.
Of course, one remaining mystery is who’s playing her. Fans have been poring over the trailer, with suggestions ranging from Judi Dench and Helen Mirren to Kathy Bates. I suspect it’s not someone quite so famous, but I’m impressed that it’s taken until now for folks to learn that the villain will even be present in the movie.
Answers to these questions aren’t far away and we’ll find out when Justice League drops on HBO Max on March 18th, 2021.