This post contains SPOILERS for Justice League
Director Zack Snyder sneakily spoiled Justice League's post-credits scene last year, posting a storyboard of the scene on social media. Sadly, Snyder had to depart the project after principal photography had finished because of family tragedy, prompting Warner Bros. to bring in Joss Whedon to finish the film. Perhaps because of the studio mandate to bring the running time down to two hours, Whedon’s reshoots drastically altered the film and veered away from Snyder’s original vision.
But one of the ideas that remains from Snyder’s tenure at the helm is that scene right at the end of the credits, where Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke makes his debut, meeting up with a recently-busted-out-of-Arkham Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) on a snazzy boat. The villains decide to form a league of their own, confirming that an evil Injustice League sort of team is one part of the DC Extended Universe’s future plans.
It has now come to light that Zack Snyder was coyly alluding to this scene on social media last year. As CBR has pointed out, Snyder posted this picture on Twitter in September 2016:
— Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) September 29, 2016
Snyder seems to be wearing a piece of Batman's armor in the photo, but if you look a little closer, there is a fairly mammoth spoiler: on his tablet, Snyder is drawing a storyboard of Deathstroke meeting up with Lex Luthor. Here’s a closer look:
With the hindsight of having seen the film, it’s clear that this is the scene where Deathstroke boards the boat, chats to Lex and removes his mask, revealing the grizzled visage and ominous eye-patch underneath. At the time, though, Snyder’s post came and went without much comment. He snuck a giant spoiler for the film right under noses of his fans, and nobody noticed.
It remains to be seen when exactly Deathstroke and Lex’s alliance will be explored further. Aquaman is the next DC film on the DCEU slate, with Shazam and Wonder Woman 2 both gearing up for production. Matt Reeves’ The Batman is in development as well, although it’s unclear whether Ben Affleck will appear in it or be replaced with Jake Gyllenhaal.
As it stands, Snyder is yet to attach to a new DC project. It’s unclear if he wants to return to the DCEU and fulfill that villainous tease himself, or if someone else will be charged with that task. Either way, the Lex/Deathstroke alliance should be interesting to watch.
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Source: Zack Snyder (via CBR)
- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
- Wonder Woman 2 (2019) release date: Nov 01, 2019
- Cyborg (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020
- Green Lantern Corps. (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020