Nov 4, 2021

This Zack Snyder Justice League Storyboard Reveals A Major Deleted Scene

Another concept art was revealed from the Zack Snyder directed Justice League, and it confirms that the director had originally continued with the Knightmare narrative and featured the DC mega-villain Darkseid. Justice League can now be downloaded digitally in North America, and this version features various deleted scenes. However, it appears that the limited number of deleted scenes has still left a great deal of Snyder’s original version covered in mystery. After the film’s release, fans realized that Joss Whedon and the executives at Warner Bros. had drastically altered the original Snyder version, and there has been a lot of demand to release the “Snyder Cut.”

At the same time, a lot of debate has taken place, questioning the existence of any such “Snyder Cut.” A section of people have claimed that there was never anything more than an assembly cut, and a few estimates mention that it would take several million dollars to make it. However, courtesy some social media posts from none other than Zack Snyder himself, we have been able to sync the earlier reports about the existence of a Snyder Cut with a fair amount of VFX completed.

Screen Rant got hold of a so far unseen storyboard from the Snyder’s version of the film depicting Darkseid and an apocalyptic future of the planet as seen in the Knightmare sequence of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The artwork tallies well with the Snyder style of his earlier storyboards such as Burying of the Earth Motherbox, deleted portion of the Kent Farm scene, and Deathstroke and Lex Luthor scene. It was also confirmed that the storyboard really belonged to Zack Snyder’s version of Justice League.

In the absence of complete details, it is difficult to exactly assess the importance of things seen in this art in Justice League, however, recalling Bruce’s Knightmare and The Flash’s warning indicate towards a mighty set-up for Justice League in Batman v Superman which was eventually discarded. This acknowledgment is bound to stir up the fandom.

Among the biggest grouses about the movie was the poorly created villain Steppenwolf. Since he belonged to the Darkseid’s Apokolips, this links directly into the narrative and the plot indicates that there might have been a great deal of connection to Steppenwolf too.

Another fascinating thing which can be instantly noticed is the buried archway from the Hall of Justice. We saw the Knightmare Batman and The Flash earlier, but, now this confirmation about the whole Justice League having been created in this version’s world, suggests that there might have been some more cameos such as Flash’s Speed Force appearance in Batman v Superman.

Snyder is famous for creating personal storyboards of every scene he plans to shoot in the pre-production stage, and he had wrapped up the entire principal shooting. Therefore, it is illogical to say that this scene didn’t feature in his cut. However, it would have greatly relied on CGI, therefore, nobody would be able to tell just to what extent was it finished.

News has recently appeared about Zack Snyder having been fired from Justice League, and it clarifies that his version was probably more of a continuation of Batman v Superman than desired by WB, and this scene, as well as many more which clearly linked the two films, were removed from Justice League. Although it is understandable why they wanted to erase Snyder impact on the film from a business point of view in the wake of the hateful response to earlier movies, the eventual film ended up distancing fans and failing to impress the critics. It earned the lowest box office haul for the franchise and leaving behind concept art like this one to show us fans of what might have been possible.