We all know the story by now. Unfortunately, Zack Snyder had to step down from directing Justice League after a horrific tragedy. Joss Whedon, who found fame bringing the Avengers together, was a great choice to take over. However, Warner Bros were so precious over the film, they insisted on a list of demands. Ultimately, Whedon adhered to them and Snyder’s vision was lost. Below are a list of characters we know were originally supposed to appear in Justice League.
Although Darkseid was referenced numerous times in Justice League, he ultimately never made an appearance. Instead, his lieutenant, Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds) was presented as the main antagonist. But even Steppenwolf didn’t prove to be much of a threat – actor Hinds expressed dismay due to the fact any character motivation or backstory was cut. Similarly, actor Ray Porter had shot scenes as Darkseid. We will finally get to see Porter and Snyder’s take on the character when the Snyder Cut debuts on HBO Max.
Although not much information is known, we can confirm Iris West was set to appear in the film. Kiersey Clemons has been cast for a while now and there would’ve been a scene where Barry saves her, by smashing through some glass. Whether or not Iris had a bigger role to be seen won’t be revealed until 2021.
Do you remember General Swanwick (Harry Lennix) from Man of Steel and Batman v Superman? Well, yep, he was Martian Manhunter. It’s hard to imagine the character having a huge role in the film and it’s said his true form was to be saved for the end of Justice League, anyway. Regardless, it would’ve been a helluva twist and one hopefully we can still get to see.
Willem Dafoe’s Nuidis Vulko appeared in Aquaman, a year after Justice League. However, his first appearance was set to be in the team-up movie. We did get some underwater scenes in Whedon’s film, with Amber Heard’s Mera having a role. Presumably, Vulko was set to appear roughly at the same time and he was going to give Aquaman the Quindent.
If you think we’d already had plenty of heroes in Justice League, you’d be surprised to hear that Snyder actually had more. Zheng Kai portrays Ryan Choi, an aide to Silas Stone. He was also going to be the Director of Nanotechnology at STAR Labs. Choi’s debut would’ve been a set-up for him to become The Atom further down the line.
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Technically, we did get one of the Green Lanterns in Justice League. However, Snyder has said that wasn’t his input. In his version of the film, Tomar-Re and Kilowog were going to appear and have a significant role. At the end of Justice League, they were to appear and warn Bruce of an oncoming threat.
Another character who had their arc dropped from the film was Ray Fisher’s Cyborg. His relationship with Silas is barely touched upon, but it seems there was going to be more to it than we got. Elinore Stone, Cyborg’s mother, would’ve appeared in a brief scene. Although she has passed away, the Mother Box would’ve projected a vision of her in order for Cyborg to go down a dark path.
Source: Quirky Byte