Back in 2017, Justice League was supposed to be a game-changer for the DCEU, but the disappointing theatrical outing of the film ultimately led to a massive change of plans for the franchise. This development shifted the focus of Warner Bros. to standalone films for DC heroes instead of utilizing the shared universe approach.
One of the main reasons for the dismal showing of Justice League was due to the fact that the original vision of Zack Snyder was heavily altered. The visionary director was halfway into production when he dropped out due to the tragic loss of his daughter, Autumn. As a result, another director in the form of Joss Whedon took over, and it led to the film's much-maligned release.
In the aftermath of the Whedon takeover, fans knew right away that the film that they saw in theaters was not Snyder's intended vision, and this eventually led to years of a grassroots campaign to release the highly-talked-about Snyder Cut.
This pipe dream was realized last May when it was officially announced that Zack Snyder's Justice League will finally premiere on HBO Max. Since then, Snyder has been at the forefront when it comes to marketing his version of the film.
Now, as the film's debut inches closer, a new batch of behind-the-scenes photos has emerged.
A THRILLING GLIMPSE AT ZACK SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE
Vanity Fair shared exclusive photos taken from the re-shoots of Zack Snyder's Justice League.
Amber Heard returns to play Mera in this set photo from the Snyder Cut.
Ben Affleck sports the Knightmare attire of the DCEU's Batman in this latest behind-the-scenes image.
Ray Fisher's Cyborg is in a tight spot as he prepares to film a scene for Zack Snyder's Justice League.
Gal Gadot takes cues from Zack Snyder in this set image from Justice League.
Jason Momoa prepares to do some stunt work as Snyder prepares the camera work for the scene.
Jared Leto's Joker takes the spotlight in this captivating behind-the-scenes image from the set of Zack Snyder's Justice League.
MORE KNIGHTMARE SCENES FOR THE SNYDER CUT
The tumultuous production history of Justice League has been the main topic of discussion among fans ever since the premiere of the 2017 film, but this new chapter of re-shoots from Snyder is clearly a breath of fresh air. When the Snyder Cut was officially announced, it was initially revealed that there would be no re-shoots, but as expected, plans were changed to give the director an opportunity to revamp his version in a big way.
Snyder previously shared that the scenes for the re-shoots were “only four minutes of additional footage,” and this latest set of images should provide a clue on what was filmed. Based on what's been revealed in the report from Vanity Fair and the film's mind-blowing trailer, it's clear that a good chunk of those re-shoots were primarily for the Knightmare sequence.
Moreover, the inclusion of Amber Heard and Jason Momoa in the re-shoots could hint that the pair's original introduction from the theatrical cut will be altered. It remains to be seen how this plot point will be modified, but it's possible that this was done to fit what 2018's Aquaman already established.
On the flip side, Mera could still be alive in the Knightmare timeline, and Momoa's involvement could be directly tied to flashback scenes between the two characters.
It's no secret that Jared Leto's Joker is the likely candidate to steal the show in Zack Snyder's Justice League, and the image above further establishes that notion. While it's hard to say if his Jesus Christ mimicry was just a behind-the-scenes moment, it will be interesting to find out if this character beat will be included in the final cut.
Overall, the anticipation surrounding Zack Snyder's Justice League is at an all-time high, and these images should dial more hype to the film's eventual premiere on HBO Max on March 18.