Zack Snyder has officially revealed new behind the scenes details about the production of Justice League, including the fact that the original script was totally rewritten, meaning there were actually 3 different versions of Justice League.
In his first major appearance since departing Justice League, Snyder held a charity event to screen his director's cuts of Dawn of the Dead, Watchmen, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to help raise money to replace the aging theater at his alma mater, ArtCenter College of Design in Pasedena. During the event, Snyder revealed some of the biggest bombshells yet about what actually happened to his original Justice League plans, including some major script changes before the movie even started production.
While this isn't all actually new information, it does reveal one of the muddier areas of the conversation surrounding the Snyder Cut, and what its eventual release could mean. The confirmation that Zack Snyder and Chris Terrio's original script was rewritten actually means there were 3 versions of Justice League, each progressively lighter and safer.
- This Page: Zack Snyder and Chris Terrio's Original Unshot Justice League Script
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Zack Snyder and Chris Terrio's Original Unshot Justice League Script
Snyder said he worked with Chris Terrio to complete the Justice League script prior to the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the film's divisive reception forced them to reconsider their approach. Snyder referred to this script as "the really scary version," and said he got nervous after Batman v Superman and Warner Bros. also told him many elements from the original script had to be changed. Snyder said "the original Justice League script, we didn't even shoot."
This actually isn't entirely new information. Zack and Deborah Snyder both confirmed during the Justice League set visit that the reception to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had impacted Justice League's development. Producer Jon Berg also said that while things were always intended to get lighter after Batman v Superman, "We accelerated the story to get to the hope and optimism a little faster."
There's very little known about how this script differed from the version of the movie Snyder shot, but based on concept art, it leaned into a darker sci-fi tone with Steppenwolf and other Apokolips trappings embracing more of an H.R. Giger aesthetic. Much of this was changed, particularly Steppenwolf, who took on a much softer look, as opposed to his more monstrous alien approach seen in his cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition.
Snyder said his plan was for everything to revolve around the Knightmare sequence first glimpsed in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and while that's an element that still survived into his rewrites, it's possible this was a way bigger focus of this original script.
In the Knightmare, Darkseid has devastated the Earth and killed Lois Lane, making Superman susceptible to the Anti-Life equation, putting him under Darkseid's control. Batman and Cyborg work to send The Flash back in time to prevent Lois' death, which is how Flash's Batcave cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice came to be.