To complete certain new scenes for his Justice League, Zack Snyder was forced to direct those like Ezra Miller and Diane Lane over Zoom.
To complete Zack Snyder’s Justice League‘s first Martian Manhunter scene, Snyder had to direct the actors over Zoom. With the release of this new Justice League, Snyder’s DCEU vision has been restored, albeit temporarily. The director famously departed production midway through due to a family tragedy, and the resulting cut that was largely overseen by Joss Whedon was torn apart by fans and critics alike. Thanks to relentless fan enthusiasm, though, the famed Snyder Cut of Justice League has finally been sent out into the world, and fans have spent the past week or so since its HBO Max release breaking down all the major developments.
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Much of what audiences see in the 4-hour cut was filmed years ago, but Snyder still needed to conduct some reshoots last fall to ensure he was making the exact movie he wanted. The new Justice League reshoots weren’t anything too extensive, and they largely pertained to the Knightmare scene that appears during the epilogue. There were some complications to this; Ezra Miller was filming Fantastic Beasts 3 in England, and the coronavirus pandemic still presented its own difficulties. Nevertheless, Snyder finished the scenes he wanted to.
Snyder recently sat down for an interview with Kyle McMahon and discussed his Justice League and the future plans he had for the DCEU. When talking about last year’s reshoots, Snyder touched upon the strangeness of directing people over Zoom and even admitted the movie’s surprise Martian Manhunter (Harry Lennix) reveal – where the alien is revealed to be masquerading as Martha Kent (Diane Lane) after speaking to Lois Lane (Amy Adams) – had to be completed via Zoom. Snyder said:
“We had to do it over Zoom because [Miller’s] in England and I couldn’t travel, so we just did it over Zoom. I only needed a couple of shots of him, but that was pretty crazy. I’d never done that. I did Diane Lane the same way for her little [bit], where she comes out and does her Martian Manhunter cameo. That shot where she comes out the door and looks around, that shot we didn’t have, so I had to get that.”
Snyder always intended to include Martian Manhunter in Justice League, but he was removed from the theatrical version. The Snyder Cut sees Martian Manhunter pop up in that brief moment after the Lois talk and at the end, when he speaks to Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck). It’s clear Snyder has waited a long time to bring Martian Manhunter to his DCEU, and he wasn’t going to let the pandemic stop him. Directing actors through Zoom is certainly unconventional, but Snyder had to do what was necessary to complete the scenes he wanted to include. Now, though, it’ll be strange watching that Justice League scene knowing full well what was happening in real life.
Should Snyder get the chance to complete his DCEU vision, there could be more of Martian Manhunter ahead. However, WarnerMedia CEO Ann Sarnoff said last week the studio has no plans to make more of the director’s DC films. His most dedicated fans are still fighting to see the SnyderVerse restored, but so far, Justice League is all there is to it. That Justice League happened at all is still pretty exciting, especially since production got a bit complicated.
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Source: Kyle McMahon
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