We've all heard stories of how Zack Snyder didn't always get his way with things in the DC Extended Universe and you'd be surprised to know that even though he was given full creative control over the Snyder Cut of Justice League, Warner Bros. still tried to meddle with some of his creative choices and ultimately succeeded.
Last week, we reported that Snyder originally planned for John Stewart aka Green Lantern to appear during the 4-hour film's epilogue but it was later changed to Martian Manhunter due to WB turning down his plans of using the character.
Now, Snyder reveals that his disagreement with the studio over Green Lantern almost made him consider quitting the film altogether. In an interview with ScreenRant, Zack explains: "The last scene with Martian Manhunter, originally, I had shot it in England. And the dialogue was very similar, but it was supposed to be one of the Lanterns. And then the studio had told me I wasn't allowed to shoot anything. That there would be no film made of any kind. During production, that was a thing they insisted on. And I shot stuff anyway, of course, in my yard. And one of the things I shot was the Green Lantern scene. And then they asked me when they saw the movie and saw that I put it in there, they'd take it out."
He then added that putting Calvin Swanwick at the end turned out to be good. "And I said that I would quit if they tried to take it out. And I felt bad. The truth is I didn't want the fans to not have a movie, just based on that one stand that I was going to take. And the Green Lantern was John Stewart. And that was part of it too. I was like, ‘I don't want to take a person of color out of this movie. I'm not going to do it. And, but then, but I felt like having Harry Lennix's Martian Manhunter at the end was, that was okay."
Although Snyder's vision wasn't fully realized, Justice League still proved to be a solid DC film overall and ended up as a major triumph not only for the director and everyone involved in the film but for fans as well. Days following its premiere, people are still raving about it which is always a good sign. Now, the real question is, will any of this change WB's perception of the director and his vision for the DCEU? That one remains to be seen.
Zack Snyder's Justice League is now available for streaming on HBO Max.