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Zack Snyder’s Justice League Would Have Seen Darkseid Murder Lois Lane

DC fans waiting on the Snyder Cut of Justice League, have we got some news for you. No, not an announcement about the release of the cut, sadly. But Zack Snyder has finally spilled the beans on exactly what his vision of the team-up movie was, and in the process, he's explained a dropped plot thread that has long since infuriated fans.

DC fans waiting on the Snyder Cut of Justice League, have we got some news for you. No, not an announcement about the release of the cut, sadly. But Zack Snyder has finally spilled the beans on exactly what his vision of the team-up movie was, and in the process, he’s explained a dropped plot thread that has long since infuriated fans.

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One of the standout sequences from Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is the “Knightmare” scene which sees Bruce Wayne receive a premonition of an apocalyptic future overruled by a despotic Superman. Memorably, the evil Supes tells Batman: “She was my world, and you took her from me.” Fans assumed that this was a set-up for some dramatic development in Justice League, but unfortunately it never materialized when Warner Bros. removed Snyder from production and took the film in a totally different direction with Joss Whedon.

While speaking at a Q&A in Pasadena called Zack Snyder: The Director’s Cuts, the filmmaker at last told all about how this would have played out. And it includes a Superman corrupted by the Anti-Life Equation, the death of half the League and the murder of Lois Lane at the hands of Darkseid.

“The truth is that the ‘Knightmare Sequence’ in this movie, it was my idea that all of that would eventually be explained – is that a surprise? And that we would end up in the distant future where Darkseid has taken over Earth, and where Superman has succumbed to the Anti-Life [Equation]. And there were a few members of the Justice League that survived to that world, and that they were fighting, Batman and a broken half of Cyborg – there’s only half of him because of whatever happened – they were working on an equation to jump back to tell Bruce… those were the things that we were dealing with. And the studio, they were still sort of into the big look, but the deep depth about how and why everyone was mad at each other…

Because Lois – and it’s in the Justice League teaser; it wasn’t in the movie apparently… it’s this line where Bruce says, ‘I was right here, and Barry Allen came to me and he said ‘Lois Lane is the key.’ And then [Wonder Woman] goes, ‘She is to Superman; every heart has one.’ And he goes, ‘I think it’s something more, something darker.’ And what it means is that the thing that was darker was all about if Lois died, Superman would succumb to the Anti-Life, right? And Superman knew that somehow it was Bruce’s responsibility to protect Lois, he would’ve been mad at him in this movie, and that’s why he says, ‘She was my world, and you took her from me.”

Snyder then explained how the Knightmare-era heroes would have had two opportunities to fix the future, one which was the Flash’s trip to the past, as seen in BvS, and the other the director alludes to above which would have seen Batman and Cyborg try to alter events, specifically returning to the key moment that changed everything.

As Snyder put it:

“Because he [Bruce} had to jump back right before Darkseid Boom Tubes into the Batcave to murder Lois.”

At this point, the crowd let out an agonized groan, which pretty much sums up what all DC lovers must be feeling. Even those who have problems with Snyder’s divisive filmmaking style will surely agree that this would have been an epic storyline to see play out on the big screen. Plus, it would have made sense of those clues in BvS which are now destined to be left unsolved.

What do you think about these Justice League revelations, though? As always, let us know in the comments section down below.


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