Even though the DC Extended Universe’s only major heroic team-up movie thus far has been 2017’s Justice League, Zack Snyder’s director's cut of this film has the opportunity to blow the franchise wide open, even if it may not be canon. With this cut having twice the runtime as the original movie, Snyder appears to be taking this opportunity to develop the core characters to a whole new level and bring in new Easter eggs and plot details that the 2017 version never scratched the surface of.
Snyder has already been open about new designs for major characters like the villainous Steppenwolf and teasing new Easter eggs appearing for the never-before-seen Robin in the DCEU. He even recently revealed another tease for the movie based around the newly-revived Superman, who may not be the only one of his species on Earth.
In a recent YouTube video via the Vero True Social channel, Zack Snyder spent an hour diving into details of the latest trailer for the Snyder Cut of Justice League while also teasing some other side plots along the way. When asked a fan question regarding if Kal-El is the only Kryptonian on Earth, Snyder shared the following:
Well, the easy answer is only Kal-El, but there’s always....that’s kind of an open-ended...I don’t know, you know a lot of people, if you study 'Man of Steel', and even in this film, there’s reference to the open sleeping créche which is, when they walk by it on the scout ship when they’re bringing Superman’s body into...bringing it back to life, there’s a sequence where they’re doing that through same hallway Kal-El went through when he first came into the scout ship. And there’s a moment when he wipes the dust off one of the sleeping crèches and sees this sort of sheveled Kryptonian inside. Now, next to that crèche there’s an open crèche that just looks like someone...clearly....got out of that. And uh....who that is remains a mystery to this day.
The full video can be seen below:
WHAT THIS MEANS
While this potential plot point has never been brought up explicitly in the DCEU before, it definitely gives fans something to think about in relation to Superman. Having gone the entire history of the franchise believing he was the only one of his kind that escaped Krypton after its destruction, this could be an exciting story to explore if and when Clark Kent is featured in the DCEU again. It could even open the door for Clark's cousin, Kara Danvers, to make her way into the franchise as Supergirl at some point.
It’s still a mystery as to whether Snyder will take this route in his director's cut, especially with so many other storylines already being teased for the four-hour streaming behemoth. The movie is already planning to bring in more than a handful of past characters like the Joker and Mera while expanding even more on stories for the six core heroes, and it will be interesting to see everything that makes the final cut.
The Snyder Cut of Justice League is set to release on HBO Max in 2021.