By bringing in Martian Manhunter and the Green Lantern into the Justice League fold, Snyder is truly ‘Uniting the Seven’
We all know the holy Dc trinity of Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman very well. Not only Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot and Henry Cavill are fan favourites, but their individual arc and screen time have also given fans a lot to discover. Snyder started with Man of Steel with Cavill in lead. In his 2016 Batman V Superman, both Affleck and Gadot were introduced. Ray Fisher’s Cyborg was hinted at during BvS, but fans met him, Flash (Ezra Miller), and Aquaman (Jason Momoa) in the Justice League. This, however, doesn’t make up the entire league. There are two important characters that were in the movie but never made the cut. Martian Manhunter and Green Lantern.
Now, Zack Snyder is correcting that mess. Long before the director’s cut was announced Snyder had released a storyboard on social media that got fans hyped about the movement more. Thanks to his reveal we know Martian Manhunter will talk to Louis Lane disguised as Martha. However, the fate of Snyder’s Green Lantern is still questionable.
One question every fan has on their mind is ‘will Ryan Reynolds’ be Snyder’s Green Lantern.’ Back in 2011, Reynolds played the part of Green Lantern in a WB movie. It failed pretty badly. To such an extent that Reynold’s, an extremely big star and humorous in equal measure still can’t help but poke fun at it. Nonetheless, the actor moved on from being Green Lantern to Fox’s most famous mutant Deadpool. In fact, 2018 Deadpool sequel has an end credit scene where Deadpool goes back in time and kills Reynolds who is about to read a Green Lantern script! What better way to break the fourth wall!
Reynolds a marketing genius knows how to excite his audience. He jokingly also brought out his own ‘Green Lantern cut’. The short video starts with the said Deadpool end credit scene summarize the entire movie in four shots and Lantern even meets the Justice League before flying off. Internet had a field day.
Both Snyder and Reynolds have been pretty tight lipped about Lantern’s presence in the movie. At one point Reynolds even, spoof tweeted that he is already in the Snyder Cut! But as the marketing for the March release ramps up the official merchandise points at the presence of Lantern in the Snyder Cut. We don’t know yet if its going to be Reynolds. WB has already announced a Green Lantern series for HBO Max.
So, the chances of Reynolds taking up the role is bleak given he is now part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Fox-Disney merger and Deadpool 3 is impending. But who knows!
Watch: Zack Snyder’s Justice League: Harry Lennix Confirms He’s Martian Manhunter
Few fans understand the importance of Harry Lennix’s General Swanwick’s presence in Batman V Superman and Man of Steel. While the key observers knew something was going on and he could potentially be J’onn J’onzz. The character is a Justice League staple for the ones who grew up in 80s and 90s. In a recent interview Snyder explained why he is on earth, “I think that Martian Manhunter is an example, and maybe Superman frankly, the rest of the Justice League, [an] example of fighting for what they believe might be part of the reason we’re sort of seeing Martian Manhunter out in his true form, at this point.”
Furthermore, the stakes are very high for the League in this movie, Darkseid is imminent and Louis Lane is the ‘key’. Martian Manhunter’s presence in the movie is more imperative than ever. Snyder explained, “Also, the threat of Darkseid is pretty [great]. Not to say that Earth wasn’t in peril before, but this one, it feels like you can’t watch it burn anymore.”
With Zack Snyder’s Justice League releasing March 18, 2021 fans will finally see the seven united in a new movie.