Zack Snyder revealed what DC fans can expect from Steppenwolf and Darkseid’s “very complicated” relationship in his upcoming Justice League film.
Zack Snyder teased fans with a brief explanation of why the dynamic between Darkseid and Steppenwolf is “very complicated” in his upcoming Justice League film.
“The dynamic between the two of them, some things happened in the past,” Snyder said at IGN Fan Fest. “There’s a bunch of issues between them… I think that all plays out.” Snyder added, “The answer is there’s quite a complex relationship there,” without divulging further.
However, Snyder did share his directorial take on Darkseid, admitting that he originally planned to set up the character to play a prominent role in a sequel film. “He’s certainly the sequel bad guy, but he definitely is in full effect [in Justice League],” he said. “He’s running the show. He’s there. I don’t want to, again, spoil it but, yeah, he’s definitely there.”
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Snyder added that the version of Darkseid in his film has “tons of human motivation” and isn’t solely focused on a mission to conquer. “He operates on another plane, but certainly something happened to him in the past and he’s not happy about it, and it’s really hurt him,” Snyder continued. “It’s shaped him and he’s looking to make it right, and so I think there’s a lot of nuance in him and Ray [Porter] does a great job of voicing him.”
Darkseid was originally set to play a major role in the theatrical cut of Justice League but was largely cut out of the film after Joss Whedon took over as director. Ultimately, Darkseid was only briefly mentioned by Steppenwolf. Snyder confirmed that Darkseid will play a bigger role in his edit of the project, and will once again be portrayed by Ray Porter.
While Snyder previously stated that a Justice League sequel wasn’t likely to happen, he recently stated that he’d be open to discussions about it. “I think that I would say, I would believe it when I see it,” he said. “Happy to cross that bridge when I see it approaching.”
Zack Snyder’s Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Ray Porter as Darkseid, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon. The film arrives on HBO Max March 18.
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