Darkseid and an Anti-Life Superman
If you’ve watched the Snyder Cut, you bought loads of glimpses of the masterplan. It’s there when Cyborg has a imaginative and prescient of a world in ruins, with Wonder Woman useless on an Amazonian funeral pyre and DC’s final area baddie, Darkseid, now on Earth, slaughtering Aquaman. Perhaps extra chilling although is Snyder’s epilogue, created by reshoots, through which he returns to the Knightmare iconography from Batman v Superman. Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight is once more in street warrior apparel, and at least Amber Heard’s Mera, Ray Fisher’s Cyborg, and Jared Leto’s Joker are his touring companions. Meanwhile Henry Cavill’s Superman looms massive as a power of evil coming to annihilate all of them.
If you’re unfamiliar with the backstory of Snyder’s authentic plan for the DCEU, this could be head-scratching. However, these are simply fragments of the street not taken from Snyder’s authentic Justice League trilogy define, in addition to a doable backdoor in how to restore it. Snyder just lately confirmed as a lot to The New York Times.
“It’s the fall of Earth,” Snyder stated, “when Superman succumbs to anti-life… When Darkseid comes to Earth, in the movie that you’ll never see, the armies of Earth all unite again, as they did before. This time there would be aircraft carriers and Special Forces guys, all the armies of the world would come together, as well as Atlanteans rising out of the ocean and the Themyscirans coming off their island. That was our big finale.”
This imaginative and prescient for the future restored by the Snyder Cut is solely in step with what we’ve beforehand discovered about the arc of the DC cinematic universe below Snyder’s stewardship. As initially conceived, the climax of a Justice League trilogy was all the time meant to contain a number of issues: Darkseid killing Lois Lane; Superman’s free will being destroyed by the Anti-Life Equation; and Batman and Flash utilizing time journey to reverse this Mad Max apocalypse.
Now in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, we see hints of this with Superman cradling a useless, scorched physique, crying in a means that suggests it may solely be Lois Lane. It’s a part of Cyborg’s imaginative and prescient. That waking nightmare additionally exhibits Darkseid come and place his hand on Superman’s shoulder. Think Emperor Palpatine claiming possession of Anakin Skywalker’s soul after the younger Jedi helped kill Mace Windu in Star Wars.
It’s why Superman is evil in the ultimate “Knightmare” sequence of the Snyder Cut’s epilogue. This sequence can also be nearly solely added by reshoots filmed in 2020, with Affleck, Leto, Fisher, Heard, and Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke coming again for added pictures with Snyder.