The acclaimed director reaffirms that Zack Snyder’s Justice League has a cliffhanger ending that sets up Justice League 2, but Warner Bros. doesn’t want a sequel.
Fans will probably never get a sequel to Zack Snyder’s Justice League, an emotion Snyder himself reflected during Saturday’s IGN Fan Fest 2021. This will be a huge disappointment for ardent fans who campaigned to publish the Snyder Cut because the director disclosed his film “ends in a massive cliffhanger.”
The third chapter of the DC Extended Universe is about to be broadcast on HBO Max, in Snyder’s version. Snyder resigned from the project initially in 2017 following the death of his daughter. His withdrawal left fans with an unsatisfying middle chapter in his five-film plan.
“Well, it was meant to be two more movies,” Snyder told IGN Fan Fest, saying that the Snyder Cut doesn’t include any material that was meant to be enclosed in a sequel.
“It hints, as you would, at a potential other world. I’d plant the seeds as I had wanted to of what would come in the later films,”Snyder
“That’s in there, but as far as those stories that would be to come, if ever that happened, which it does not look like it would, but I think it’s easy to speculate based on that and we can talk about that for quite a while.”Snyder
Plot rumors that have circulated over the years say, Kevin Smith, professing the sequel would have observed the superheroes touring Apokolips to face Darkseid. The story would have also involved the Green Lantern Corps. There was even chatter the second film would have ended on a downbeat note in the vein of The Empire Strikes Back, while the third and final film would have been the end battle between the Justice League and Darkseid.
Snyder mentioned twice that his Justice League‘s conclusion was designed to lead into a sequel,
“It is a cliffhanger … The movie ends in a massive cliffhanger, yeah.”Snyder
At one point during the IGN Fan Fest panel, he said,
“Darkseid was certainly the sequel bad guy, but he definitely is in full effect. He’s running the show. He’s there. I don’t want to, again, spoil it but, yeah, he’s definitely there.”Snyder
According to reports, The Snyder Cut‘s cliffhanger ending will give rise to a major DC character into the fold. Vanity Fair lately claimed that Snyder reshot the ending with a hero cameo that will blow hardcore fans’ minds. Interestingly, Justice League was previously hyped with the hashtag #UniteTheSeven, while there were only six heroes seen in the movie when it was finally released.
There is a good possibility that the cameo is Green Lantern. A visual effects artist alleged back in 2017 that the post-credits scene of Snyder’s Justice League would have shown Green Lanterns Kilowog and Tomar-Re (both of whom appeared in the 2011 film starring Ryan Reynolds).
Although it’s difficult to discount the possibility of Justice League 2 being made completely, there are logistical challenges, like getting Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, and the rest of the cast back. And the sequel will prove to be a larger financial responsibility on HBO Max and WarnerMedia to make an entirely new movie. DC Films is still striving to diverge away from the SnyderVerse and has some success in doing so. Welcoming the multiverse and numerous release strategies could help. Still, it’ll bring a dramatic change in the studios’ thought process for Zack Snyder’s Justice League not to be the climax of Snyder’s DC story.