Zack Snyder's Justice League: Martian Manhunter Screen Time Teased By Harry Lennix

By Richard Nebens Posted:
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Zack Snyder's Justice League is officially one month away from its debut on HBO Max, although the promotional tour for the film has seemed to be in constant motion for most of the past year. Director Zack Snyder has been open to sharing what fans should expect for this long-awaited release, which will have a run time twice as long as the original and likely twice as much material in the plot.

The recent trailer teased many of the new details set to expand on Justice League's plot, including the first full reveal for Jared Leto's Joker . This will come alongside new versions of Joe Manganiello's Deathstroke , Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor, and a scarier version of Steppenwolf serving the first live-action Darkseid .

The Snyder Cut will also include a new hero in addition to this handful of villains; the actor behind that hero recently shared some teases for what to expect from the other-worldly being.


In a new interview with Variety , DCEU star Harry Lennix discussed his experience taking on the Martian Manhunter alter-ego in Zack Snyder's Justice League .

When asked what he knew about J'onn J'onzz before heading into the Snyder Cut, Lennix openly admitted it was "not much at all" :

"Not much at all. I only knew that there was such a character. I’d heard through the fans of the DCEU that there were a couple of members of the Justice League that were not represented in the movie, and vaguely that one of those people was Martian Manhunter, J’onn J’onzz. I didn’t know much about him at all."

Although Martian Manhunter is confirmed to be involved in this new cut, Lennix makes it clear that "(his) work in not central" in terms of the overall narrative:

"I don’t know what’s going to be left on the floor, if any, but I didn’t shoot an inordinate amount. My work is not central, as it were, to the movie. It may be to a plot point. But I don’t think you’ll start talking about that character more than, say, Superman."

When asked if he knew anything about a potential Martian Manhunter solo project for the DCEU, Lennix said that while he "(hasn't) heard anything," he would be up for the opportunity to take on that challenge:

"Not one thing. I haven’t heard anything moved that needle toward an actuality. But why not?!"


The Martian Manhunter, while serving as a key member in Justice League comics and TV shows , has largely been a no-show within the DC Extended Universe's movies over the last eight years. While Harry Lennix appeared as General Swanwick in both Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice , the only teases to his evolution have been through chats with Zack Snyder behind the scenes .

There are no indications pointing to how prominent a role Lennix will play as Mars' lone survivor, but excitement is building to see his character in any capacity. While he obviously won't be a starring member of the Justice League like Henry Cavill's Superman or Ben Affleck's Batman , the Manhunter's presence alone will add an intriguing new dynamic that hasn't been felt in any of the DCEU's previous movies.

As for a Martian Manhunter solo movie, it seems unlikely at this point considering the uncertainty of the Snyder Cut turning out to be canon. Depending on how Lennix's character is received, Warner Bros. may take another look at this happening at a later date, but nothing is set in stone.

For now, fans can look forward to seeing Harry Lennix as the Martian Manhunter in Zack Snyder's Justice League , which will debut on HBO Max on March 18.

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- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.