Another photo surfaces from Justice League, this time depicting a scene of Wonder Woman, Aquaman and the Flash during a deleted STAR Labs scene. Already infamous for its troubled production and lackluster response, the film remains under scrutiny. The past few months have seen photos, production art, and scenes that were planned for the movie, some even filmed, appearing on social media and in news reports. Many of these elements have been rescued from the cutting room floor.
Director Zack Snyder laid much of the groundwork for DC’s extended universe of movies with Man of Steel and followed it up with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Between mixed responses to those films and a family tragedy, Snyder departed his third planned installment late in the production. In his absence, director Joss Whedon came onto the project. He wrote and directed many additional scenes and shaped the film into what audiences saw in the theater.
A new photo recently showed up on Twitter, posted by user Kevin Miranda, depicting one of the scenes that never made it to theaters. The still shows Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Mamoa), and the Flash (Ezra Miller) getting ready for action in what seems to be a partially demolished S.T.A.R. labs. Wonder Woman and Aquaman look ready for action, but Flash may still be a little unsure about doing battle. See the photo in a screenshot of Miranda's post below.
While S.T.A.R. did briefly appear in the film, in the theatrical cut the heroes never fought there. Fans have been wondering about and some have been calling for Warner Bros. to release a “Snyder cut” of the film that would restore lost material and may provide more context for this scene. Over the past few months, Snyder shared several images on social media. Meanwhile, storyboard artist Jay Oliva has maintained that Whedon's version doesn't match the narrative Snyder intended.
Whether a Snyder cut of Justice League ever appears, it’s interesting to see so much attention is still being paid to a film that didn’t exactly set the cinema-going world on fire. Warner Bros. likely would rather focus on making sure Aquaman, Shazam!, and the Woman Woman sequel fare better, but Snyder’s fans have been adamant that they want to see how the story was originally going to go. Love it or hate it, Snyder had a clear vision that he wanted to realize for the project and how it fit into his overall DCEU/Superman story. Whether this image was part of that vision is unknown, but it’s another tantalizing hint of what could have been.
Source: Kevin Miranda/Twitter
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
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