Justice League's cinematographer has released a behind-the-scenes image from a scene that didn't make it into the finished movie. Much has been written about Justice League's troubled production. Following the backlash suffered by Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. were reportedly already making alterations to Zack Snyder's original Justice League plan in order to lighten up the movie's tone. When Joss Whedon was drafted in to take over post-production duties, however, extensive reshoots were ordered that seemingly made sweeping changes to Justice League's story.
With the eventual theatrical release of Justice League receiving a less-than-enthusiastic response from fans and critics, there have been widespread calls for the original version of the film, since dubbed "the Snyder cut," to be released. Over the past two years, various revelations and production images have come to light and highlighted just how different the finished version of Justice League was to the original. These changes include the omission of Darkseid, the design of Steppenwolf and the portrayal of Ray Fisher's Victor Stone, otherwise known as Cyborg.
Fabian Wagner, cinematographer on Justice League, has now shared a new image of a deleted Cyborg scene to his Instagram page. The photo shows Fisher filming on a green screen set and his character appears to be in a classic DC-gothic graveyard, kneeling in front of one particular tombstone.
While one might first assume that this grave belongs to Cyborg's mother or father, the latter of which Zack Snyder confirmed died in his original cut, this image is very likely taken from the same sequence Snyder himself recently revealed some images of. Along with a still showing Cyborg pounding the ground of the very same graveyard shown in Wagner's post, Snyder confirmed that the grave in question actually belonged to the entire Stone family, including Victor himself, likely assumed dead after the car accident that led to his cybernetic reconstruction.
Snyder has already discussed how Cyborg formed the heart of his original plan for Justice League, with far more backstory and emotional exploration into the character. This is one of the many elements that was cut from the theatrical version, and most likely included the graveyard scene depicted above. Certainly, Justice League left itself plenty of work to do, introducing Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg, as well as villain Steppenwolf, all within a brisk 2-hour running time, and these characters perhaps felt shallow as a result. More insight into Cyborg's origin would've been a welcome addition.
Wagner has previously expressed his desire to see the finished version of Snyder's Justice League, and this continued release of images from the original cut is perhaps intended to act as a consolation for the legions of fans calling on Warner Bros. to release the Snyder cut. Maybe if things continue as they have been, fans will eventually have enough stills and behind-the-scenes images to stitch together their own homemade version of the Snyder cut.
Source: Fabian Wagner
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