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Last week, Flashback FilmMaking released a new featurette dissecting the villain of Justice League, Steppenwolf. Voiced and motion captured by Ciaran Hinds, the baddie attempted to destroy Earth in the 2017 blockbuster using Mother Boxes but was ultimately thwarted by the titular supergroup. More specifically, Superman.

The warrior from Apokolips is a general in Darkseid’s army, whose coming was initially prophesied in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice during the Knightmare Flash sequence. Unfortunately, we’re not likely to ever see Steppenwolf’s nephew even begin his tyrannical reign, on account of WB and DC’s spat with DCEU creator, for all intents and purposes, Zack Snyder. But I digress.

Artist Jerad Marantz took to Instagram a few days ago and posted the below image of early concept art for Steppenwolf from the turbulent production. On Justice League, Marantz served as a costume concept illustrator and worked closely with costume designer Michael Wilkinson. The image in question depicts Steppenwolf with a “more human face option,” and according to Marantz, was one of “many versions.”

Marantz has worked in the industry for roughly twenty-years and has over sixty film credits to his name. Typically found in the art department, he’s also been accredited with a number of other contributions in the makeup, animation, and wardrobe departments. With any luck, he’ll share a few more early looks at Justice League‘s baddy in the near future.

In the meantime, if you’re pondering what the DCEU could’ve been under Zack Snyder’s control, be sure to check out the filmmaker on social media platform Vero. Snyder’s been particularly relentless on there lately, posting countless Easter eggs and hidden meanings, including some insight into the Knightmare Flash Sequence, mentioned above, and the reason behind Bruce Wayne’s Kryptonite Spear.



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One of the cooler aspects of developing a Batman movie is that you don’t just get to reimagine one of the most famous superheroes of all time, but you also get to redesign all his awesome toys.

Each screen incarnation of Batman has been mirrored by his Batmobile: from 60s nuclear age chic, to Anton Furst’s amazing 1989 art-deco version, to Christian Bale’s militaristic and aggressive looking Tumbler. Ben Affleck’s take on the role in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was no different, his ride bristling with guns and heralding a Caped Crusader who’s stopped taking any shit. Now, we’re learning that Justice League was set to follow in these footsteps by giving Batman a.. uh.. floating motorbike?

The design was sketched out by concept artist Ed Natividad, who’s explained the idea (and why it was ditched) for Film Sketchr, saying:

The Batcycle was proposed as a new form of transport for Batman. However it was superseded in favor of the Knight Crawler. Zack Snyder felt the cycle did not reflect the ‘team’ dynamic and needed something that would carry at least three of the members.

Of all the many things wrong with Justice League, the Knight Crawler wasn’t one of them. It reminded me a lot of the Bat-Tank in Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns and its spider-like maneuverability made sense in the film’s action scenes, as well as giving the non-flying team members something to hang onto and launch themselves off.

While an anti-gravity motorcycle is pretty cool, it just doesn’t feel very Batman to me. Despite the fact that he’s going toe-to-toe with pan-dimensional monsters, he should have one foot firmly stuck in reality and a vehicle with more of a hefty physical presence helps that.

I also agree with Zack Snyder’s notion that it goes against the ‘team’ dynamic. Buried amongst the studio interference in Justice League is a story of a Batman trying to atone for his mistakes by working with others, with his technology allowing them to transport themselves around the planet and carry out that mission. And unless Aquaman wants to ride pillion, I just don’t see that happening with whatever this Batcycle would have looked like.



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We’re almost five months removed from the release of Justice League – the film even made its way to home video recently – and yet, fans are still uncovering Easter eggs left by Zack Snyder in his superhero epic.

Of course, that doesn’t change the fact that the movie seriously underperformed at the box office. Much like the rest of the DCEU, the superhero supergroup didn’t receive the necessary critical success to boost its numbers, gaining notoriety for what has settled as a 40% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

It was essentially DOA then, mired in turmoil during production. Director Zack Snyder was ultimately replaced by Avengers helmer Joss Whedon, who oversaw extensive reshoots, and things just escalated from there. Enthusiasts of the franchise have adamantly demanded WB release a director’s cut of Justice League, but thus far, their cries have been unheeded.

It hasn’t all been negative, though, as several pieces of concept art have fought their way online recently, including a never-before-seen look at the film’s Green Lantern. And now, a DCEU super-sleuth claims to have found an Easter egg pertaining to Commissioner Gordon’s (J.K. Simmons) son, James Gordon Jr., in the film.

Cool, eh? Of course, Justice League is responsible for introducing the Commissioner into the DC Extended Universe, whose son, James Gordon Jr. is a psychopath and ultimately becomes an adversary to the Batman in the comic books. Whether or not we’ll see ever him in the flesh is unknown, but perhaps he’ll make his way to the big screen at some point?

Time will tell, but until then, we’re certainly enjoying watching as fans continue to uncover neat Easter eggs even so long after release and as soon as any others arise, we’ll be sure to let you know.



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Say what you like about Zack Snyder’s DC movies, but the man knows how to treat those fans who watch their favourite superhero films over and over again. The director frequently stuffs his scenes full of easily-missed references and easter eggs that the faithful can catch if they are paying close enough attention, and today another one has surfaced.

Thanks to the film’s recent Blu-ray release, a new detail has been noticed in the background during a scene in Justice League. In a shot featuring Ben Affleck’s Batman striding through the Batcave, one viewer spotted the disassembled Mech Batsuit previously seen in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, when the Dark Knight wore it to battle the Man of Steel.

Of course, this is far from the only callback to past DC movies hidden within Justice League. Sticking with BvS, a portrait of Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Thomas Wayne has been spotted in a scene set in the dilapidated Wayne Manor late in the film, while Ezra Miller’s Flash was also spotted wearing Watchmen T-Shirt. Likewise, the same character also has a look that harks back to the very first modern DC flick: 1978’s Superman.

As for this most recent easter egg, though, you can check it out down in the gallery below along with some recently released BTS shots. 

While most of Justice League‘s easter eggs call back to existing films, others foreshadow future entries in the DC Extended Universe instead. For instance, a reference to Janus Cosmetics could be setting up Black Mask’s appearance in Gotham City Sirens, while those Green Lanterns who turned up in the flashback sequence hopefully pave the way for Green Lantern Corps, if that ever materializes.

If you fancy giving the film another watch to see if you can spot any of these easter eggs, or any others that you may have overlooked, Justice League is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray, and can be ordered here.



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Earlier this month heralded the release of WB’s mildly successful, supergroup-assembling blockbuster Justice League on Blu-ray and DVD. It wasn’t exactly the box office triumph that the DCEU was expecting, and secretly praying for, seeing as the film was rather unexpectedly bounced from the top spot in only its second week by Pixar’s now Academy Award-winning Coco, but it hasn’t been all downhill for the Zack Snyder/Joss Whedon-directed picture, as its home video release recently ripped the sales crown from the clutches of Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok.

Since its journey to Blu-ray and DVD, we’ve been seeing quite a bit of bonus material from the film, including never-before-seen images and even a few deleted scenes. Now, another previously unreleased treat from the DC tentpole has made its way online, and it will certainly fuel the fire of those, like me, who are antsy for a Snyder cut.

Seen in the gallery below is some concept art which gives fans their best look yet at the Green Lantern who appeared only briefly in the film. The mysterious figure has since been possibly identified by fans through the Warner Bros. All-Access app as Yalan Gur, who first appeared in a 1991 issue and only three times in the DC comic book universe. The issue which told of Gur’s death was the final work published by Green Lantern co-creator Martin Nodell.

There’s been no confirmation from WB as of yet that the Lantern is indeed Yalan Gur, but that hasn’t stopped DC enthusiasts from pleading their cases to the intrigued public. In their efforts to verify the mystery Lantern, those with extensive knowledge of DC history even stumbled upon a quote from Snyder addressing the Green Lantern situation in Justice League for Collider, which you can read below.

“Geoff [Johns] and I have had a great working relationship, even on Batman v Superman, and on Wonder Woman we worked together really closely, and we have a project coming up that we want to do together. I can’t talk about that. His knowledge of comics is just crazy. He’s like an encyclopedia of comic books. Like I’ll be like, ‘Hey, is there a weird Lantern from –?’ and he’ll be like, ‘You know…!’ He’s just amazing about keeping everything in canon that I’ve not even heard of — he goes, ‘Yeah, it’s back!’ Like we’ll look through some archive. You know, there’s DC-pedia, but he’s even crazier than that.”

The director doesn’t name names here, but he clearly mulled over the idea of including a “weird Lantern” in Justice League, which could of very well been Yalan Gur.

What do you think, though? Are the fans onto something here? Have your say in the comments section down below.



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It might not have had the box office haul that DC had no doubt hoped for, but Zack Snyder’s Justice League still has its fans out there, and they’re sure to enjoy this mostly unseen gallery of images spotlighting their favourite superheroes. This collection, featuring never-before-seen promotional material, official stills and behind the scenes photos sheds new light on the supergroup, giving those who liked the pic the chance to see more from it.

Despite their latest stumble, DC has still been busy, dropping the first poster for Shazam! and scheduling a production start date for Wonder Woman 2, the hotly-anticipated sequel to arguably the only successful DCEU film to be released thus far. That might be difficult to digest for enthusiasts, but the truth is often hard to stomach.

Because, let’s face it, in the realm of cape-driven blockbusters, the company hasn’t had a bonafide winner since Christopher Nolan concluded his Dark Knight trilogy. Wonder Woman was a step in the right direction, sure, but the comic book titan failed to build on the film’s momentum and are, for all intents and purposes, back to square one now. With Marvel set to drop its masterpiece next month in the form of Avengers: Infinity War, the DCEU might have to sit back and wait in the shadows a while longer before it can grab the spotlight again.

Next up, of course, is the Jason Momoa-led Aquaman, a film that’s garnered much early praise during its test screenings. Without question, the Atlantean was a high point in Justice League, which didn’t boast many things to brag about. It would appear that his upcoming solo movie, scheduled for a December 21st release, has a legitimate shot at a Wonder Woman-type level of success, then. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned from the DCEU, it’s to keep expectations tempered.



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The Justice League fallout has been fast, furious and, at times, difficult to examine from afar.

But if there’s one thing we do know, it’s that Zack Snyder stepped aside midway through production to allow Joss Whedon (AvengersBatgirl) to shepherd Warner’s big-name blockbuster over the finish line. Back then, it was reported that Snyder was taking time off to deal with a family tragedy, leaving the Powers That Be with little choice but to hire a replacement in the midst of filming.

Whedon’s sudden appointment led to a series of extensive reshoots, according to multiple sources, and ever since the tentpole hit theaters, fans have been crying out for the studio to release Zack Snyder’s cut of the movie. Whether such a thing even exists has been the subject of much debate over the past few months, but some people just won’t let it die and now, former Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight has voiced his desire to one day see the director’s original vision for the pic as well – showing his support for Snyder by Tweeting out “I’m with Zack” in reply to a fan question.

Unfortunately it doesn’t look like DeKnight, or anyone else for that matter, will get their wish here. Snyder got fired from the production pretty early on from what we understand, and while we know that something of his was definitely screened for WB execs, it’s widely assumed that it was nothing more than an extremely rough cut that would take a fair bit of money to complete – which, given how much the studio’s lost on the film already, we don’t imagine they’d be willing to do.

Nevertheless, Justice League is currently available across Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, and DVD (you can grab it off Amazon, here). Looking further afield, the DCEU is expected to continue through the release of Aquaman this December, when Jason Momoa’s King of the Seven will square off against King Nereus, who is seemingly the estranged father of Queen Mera, not a potential love interest.



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Warner Bros. appears to have quietly removed a promotional video for Justice League’s upcoming Blu-ray release. The lighthearted video, which strongly invoked the classic Super Friends cartoon, was met with immediate hostility from DCEU fans.

Justice League has quickly become something of a cautionary tale of how not to promote a shared universe blockbuster. After the dark, morally complicated Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice were met with polarizing audience reactions and slightly underwhelming box office returns, Warner Bros. was looking for a tonal course correction with Justice League. When director Zack Snyder was fired from his role as director, Avengers director Joss Whedon was brought in to oversee extensive reshoots that resulted in a film that was something of a mishmash of Whedon and Snyder’s decidedly different styles, failing to fully please either director’s fanbase.

Related: Justice League Blu-ray Gets a Super Cheesy Retro Trailer

But beyond the actual movie’s flaws, perhaps the biggest reason for the film’s financial failure was a truly baffling marketing campaign that inexplicably tried to pretend Superman wouldn’t be a major factor – despite the fact Henry Cavill was on the promotional trail with his fellow castmates, and the end of Batman V Superman made it explicit Superman would be returning. In a more recent marketing head-scratcher, the Blu-ray marketing included a lighthearted Super Friends homage video was a complete misreading of the current mood of the DCEU’s outspoken fanbase, leaning into the sort of MCU meta winks that soiled so many on the final product of Justice League.

After the tweet and Facebook post were met with backlash and mockery from fans, the posts were eventually deleted, a rare move for Warner Bros. after months of unflinching reactions to the movie’s negative reception. Fortunately, the video was already downloaded and is still being passed around for any who care to remember the cheesy promo video.

The Blu-ray release of the film is somewhat marred by the ongoing war being waged over demand for a “Snyder cut” of the film to be released, something Warner Bros. denies exists. For whatever it’s worth, Snyder and his creative partners seem to be quietly encouraging that campaign.

Justice League was supposed to be Warner Bros.’ victory lap after the unqualified success of Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, but Justice League’s soft box office and behind the scenes drama ended up resetting the narrative of the DCEU as a franchise without a creative center. Early indications suggest that Aquaman and Shazam! might be stronger products than the beleaguered team up film, but the fact that Warner Bros. still can’t foresee something like a Super Friends tinged promo video as being provocative right now suggests the studio still doesn’t quite understand what people are looking for with these movies.

Justice League is available to purchase on Blu-ray now.

More: Zack Snyder’s Cut Of Justice League Was More Complete Than You Realize



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For the first time in the DCEU, Justice League followed the Marvel model of featuring two post-credits scenes at the end of the movie. The first was a quick bit of extra fun, involving the Flash and the Man of Steel re-enacting their classic race from the comics. The second was a much juicier sequence, however, teasing a major threat to come for the League.

If you recall, it began at Arkham Asylum, where a guard finds a laughing inmate in place of Lex Luthor. The real one is sitting aboard his luxury ship, where he’s in a meeting with none other than Slade Wilson AKA Deathstroke. Luthor has a proposition for the assassin: “[Superman] and his odd little friends have formed a sort of… league,” the villain explains. “We have to level the playing field, Mr. Wilson. To put it plainly, shouldn’t we have a league of our own?”

While it’s a great little tease, fans will surely know that originally, Lex was going to have a few more scenes in the pic, before they got cut. And while we probably won’t ever see them, we do have the next best thing today: concept art. Down in the gallery below, which also includes some cool behind the scenes shots from production, we get a look at Luthor behind bars, presumably thinking about his next move or plotting an escape.

Admittedly, it’s not much, but it does give us some idea of what could’ve been. It’s no secret that a large portion of the fanbase are crying out to see Zack Snyder’s original cut – or at least, what there is of it that exists in a finished state – and one thing that many are curious about is how large of a role Luthor had before Whedon’s reshoots removed him from most of the movie.

Reports regarding how involved the character would have been are conflicting, but thanks to this concept art, we can now confirm that we would’ve been able to spend some time with him in prison. Whether any further art will surface, we don’t know, but this is definitely a welcome look at one of Justice League‘s deleted scenes and should tide fans over nicely until the film arrives on Blu-ray on March 13th (pre-order here).



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The Justice League fallout has been fast, furious and, at times, difficult to examine from afar.

But if there’s one thing we do know, it’s that Zack Snyder stepped aside mid-way through production to allow Joss Whedon (AvengersBatgirl) to shepherd Warner’s big-name blockbuster over the finish line. Back then, it was reported that Snyder was taking time off to deal with a family tragedy, leaving the Powers That Be with little choice but to hire a replacement in the midst of filming.

Whedon’s sudden appointment led to a series of extensive reshoots, according to multiple sources, and ever since the tentpole hit theaters, fans have been crying out for the studio to release Zack Snyder’s cut of the movie. Whether such a thing even exists has been the subject of much debate over the past few months, but some people just won’t let it die and now, Roberto Mata, the same individual who started the original petition for the Snyder cut back in November, is creating a fundraiser for, get this, a documentary about the whole situation.

Taking to Change.org, here’s what he wrote:

The fundraiser money will go to a documentary on Zack Snyder’s Justice League Director’s Cut, the search for the truth on what really happened and whether or not the film will ever be released bis ongoing and maybe a documentary about it, might help the cause I started with the petition.

At the moment, Mata has raised just $80 of his $4,000 goal, but it’s also still very early days. We imagine he’ll be able to hit his mark with no trouble, given that his original petition went viral and there’s a huge amount of DC fans who desperately cling onto the hope that a Zack Snyder cut of Justice League exists somewhere, probably locked away in the WB vaults.

In all reality, though, we can’t imagine that being the case. Snyder got fired from the production pretty early on from what we understand, and while we know that something of his was definitely screened for WB execs, it’s widely assumed that it was nothing more than an extremely rough cut that would take a fair bit of money to complete – which, given how much the studio’s lost on the film already, we don’t imagine they’d be willing to do.

Still, it doesn’t hurt to hold out hope and with any luck, maybe something interesting will come of this proposed documentary on the Zack Snyder cut of Justice League.



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