Zack Snyder's Justice League lived up to the hype and exceeded all the fan and critic expectations but more than anything, it's really nice to finally see the director's vision get realized after all these years and the fans' tireless crusade of making the Snyder Cut a possibility. If you've been following the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement, you know for sure that Zack has grand plans not only for the film but for the entire Justice League trilogy.
Surprisingly enough, despite the fact that he was given full creative control of the project, not all of his ideas ended up in the 4-hour cut and according to Snyder himself, Warner Bros. turned down one of his major ideas for the film which would've blown a lot of fans away.
Apparently, Snyder's original plans called for one of the Green Lanterns John Stewart to appear in the ending. In the film's epic epilogue, Bruce Wayne was paid a visit by Martian Manhunter who expressed his desire to join the league. As epic as that scene was, it was actually Stewart who was meant for the part and not Calvin Swanwick.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Snyder revealed that WB was against the idea because of their plans for a Green Lantern Corps series. He explains: "We shot a version of this scene with Green Lantern, but the studio really fought me and said, ‘We really don't want you to do Green Lantern...So I made a deal with them, and they let me do this [instead]...They were like, ‘We have plans for John Stewart and we want to do our own announcement.' So I said all right, I'll give you that. So [Martian Manhunter] was the compromise."
Again, Warner Bros. continues to be the reason why fans can't seem to have nice things. It's an absolute bummer that we didn't get to see the DCEU debut of Green Lantern but I'm hoping that the Snyder Cut's triumph changes their minds about how the franchise should be handled because clearly, Snyder knows what he's doing.
Zack Snyder's Justice League is now available for streaming on HBO Max.