We’re just over two weeks away from the release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, an ambitious four-hour cut that is true to director Zack Snyder’s complete vision for this film and its characters. And now Snyder has taken audiences behind-the-scenes of the film in a special fan event.
As a part of IGN’s Fan Fest event, audiences got up close and personal with Snyder in a special Q&A presentation where Snyder took audiences behind-the-scenes of the making of this film, and he gave us some fascinating insights into his process as a director.
Watch the full interview below:
Discussing a range of topics from the official run time, which Snyder hinted was just over four hours, “four hours and a few minutes, including titles”, the creation of Superman’s Black Suit, the path of Bruce Wayne taking to find redemption, and just how Ray Fisher’s Cyborg is in the director’s eye the heart of the movie.
Fan questions streamed in from around the world, including a question from big-time Justice League fan and actor Henry Lennox, who portrays General Calvin Swanwick and who acquired about his possible position as fan favourite character Martian Manhunter.
To which Snyder replied, “in my mind, I think he’s been, Swanwick and Martian Manhunter, it’s like his alter ego. That’s kind of the way I see it. And the way he’s kind of if you notice the way he kind of, he’s manipulated both Lois and Clark to kind of do their best. Y’know to be the best they can be. Cause I think in this incarnation he wants humanity to kind of do it themselves with this new hero in Superman. And that’s kind of the way I think about it.”
Snyder also gave a major insight into Academy Award winner Jared Leto’s return to the DCEU as The Joker, and discussed the inspiration behind his new look in the Snyder Cut.
“So what inspired the look was sort of the post-apocalyptic world that I’m a huge fan of, and really the idea what that as the movies progressed, the next movie if there ever was one, and it doesn’t;t seem like there ever will be, but if there was, it would primarily be set in that world with them trying to set it right. We played around a lot with a lot of different things, I did a bunch of drawings, we pulled a bunch of different costumes and tried a bunch of different looks, Jared had great ideas and we all kind of mashed that together and sort of settled on this cool version of Joker,” said Snyder.
One of my favourite parts of the interview had to be when Snyder discussed his plans for the multi-arc Justice League saga, which unfortunately fans never got to see, but he did discuss how he would have handled the additional two film’s.
“Well, it was meant to be two more movies. [Justice League] doesn’t encompass any more of the additional movies other than little hints as you would at a potential other world. Y’know like when you, y’know like I plant the seeds I wanted to of what would come in the later films. So that’s in there, but as to those stories that would be yet to come if it happened, which is not like it would, It’s easy to speculate based on that.”
Snyder also commented about cliffhangers saying, “it is a cliffhanger. The movie ends in a massive cliffhanger. Yeah”, said Snyder grinning widely.
Discussing the presence of further environments and characters in Justice League including Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke and the Knightmare sequence, Snyder elaborated saying, “well, Joe’s character in this movie when we find him, clearly he and Batman have struck some sort of a deal, y’know they have a bit of a partnership, there’s a bigger enemy I guess. That’s the big difference they’re not locked in mortal combat, they’re actually working together to try and figure out how to make this world work.”
On the Knightmare sequence, which the director confirmed was the setting for the entire second Justice League movie in his proposed trilogy, Snyder said “it’s relatively minimal, but I think it’s appropriate for the movie, it’s not anything crazy. But it um, it definitely y’know doesn’t overstay its welcome but definitely does what I needed it to do for the story and for us.”
Fans can also expect to view the film in Snyder’s original 1.33:1 aspect ratio, of which the film was shot, and of which the director is a massive fan of when it comes to viewing media.
Alongside all the details we got from the director himself, fans were also lucky enough to enjoy a brand new piece of footage termed The Mother Box Origins, which presented a new look at our central six characters, and which is set to the strong vocals of Tom Waits ‘Time’.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League is set to arrive on NEON in March, and audiences will be pumped for this EPIC film event!