Justice League: Unused DeSaad Concept Art Channels Star Wars & Original Design

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Even for a movie that debuted to the world over two full weeks ago, Zack Snyder's Justice League is still keeping itself in the news stream in various ways. Director Zack Snyder has been on a massive promotional tour, and multiple crew members who worked closely beside him have shared their work with the public on numerous occasions .

Snyder's most recent chat revealed that a movie with a whopping four-hour-two-minute run time still had a deleted scene , explaining the missing "We live in a society" line from Jared Leto's Joker . Less frustrating news releases have shown off never-before-seen pieces of concept art for characters like the enigmatic Granny Goodness , who made a short cameo in the Snyder Cut.

The latest look into the film shows off designs for a more fleshed-out villain, as well as the two inspirations behind his look...


Concept artist Jerad Marantz took to Instagram to share a piece of art depicting one of the original designs for DeSaad from Zack Snyder's Justice League. The look takes inspiration from both his original comic book design and the iconic Star Wars villain Darth Vader.

DeSaad Comics

DeSaad's design from the pages of DC Comics had a much more human look with a colorful outfit, although the Snyder Cut's rendition kept his classic hood. He also has a mechanical box on his chest with tubes poking out of either side.

DeSaad Darth Vader

The mechanical box is not only reminiscent of DeSaad's comic book visuals, but it also pays tribute to Star Wars big bad Darth Vader. Fans know this box was used to help keep Vader alive after his transformation from Anakin Skywalker in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith .

The full concept art image can be seen in the Instagram post below:

Merantz also shared a design of the Apokolips priest shown during the film's flashback scene with Uxas:

Justice League Concept Art


While DeSaad's look turned into something very different than this in Snyder's final cut, both the original comic character and Darth Vader seem to be quite appropriate places to take inspiration from.

Arriving in the comics about six years before the adventures of the Jedi and the Sith, DeSaad's original look came as something much different from what fans see him as today. The changes to his features have been quite drastic over the years before he debuted in the Snyder Cut, turning out to be quite terrifying in his first live-action appearance.

As for Darth Vader, it only makes sense that some early concept art would take inspiration from arguably the most popular movie villain of all time .

The Sith lord was featured in all three trilogies of the Skywalker Saga , most notably as the primary antagonist in the original trilogy . While he didn't come from a comic book of his own, comic book movie antagonists are often compared to Vader, especially as their popularity starts to rival that of the legendary Star Wars big bad.

Zack Snyder's Justice League is now available to stream on HBO Max.

- 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.