Ever since James Gunn took over as the CEO of DC Studios, he has been hinting at several upcoming projects. One of the major parts of his plans for the future of the DCU reportedly includes bringing Darkseid back into the cinematic universe. Ray Porter was introduced as Darkseid in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, and the actor has recently expressed his wish to reprise his role in the DCU.
As the new CEO is planning future projects under the DCU, Ray Porter has said that he would love to talk to James Gunn about his return. Although the studio is not planning to continue under the Snyderverse, Porter hopes that he may get the opportunity with the support of the DC fans.
Ray Porter Would Love to Return as Darkseid in DCU
While talking to Geek House Shows, Ray Porter expressed his wish to reprise his character as Darkseid in the DCU. During the interview, the host of the show shared a message for the new CEO. As the host shared that he wants the filmmakers to bring Ray Porter’s Darkseid back to the DCU, the Sin actor said “Call me,” referring to James Gunn.
He also praised Zack Snyder’s way of direction and storytelling and said that he “would work with Zack Snyder under any circumstances.” He also said that he still has no idea if he would be able to have a comeback or not.
He then said, “I see a lot of people online saying things with real certainty, and it’s really encouraging to know that the fans want that.” Zack Snyder was planning to introduce Porter as Darkseid in the 2017 Justice League.
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However, followed by his departure from the film, Joss Whedon’s version ended up removing Porter’s Darkseid, Willem Dafoe’s Nuidis Vulko, and Kiersey Clemons’ Iris West from the final output. All of these characters were restored in Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
While the director had future plans for the character, he was unable to pursue them after Justice League. The Justice League director wanted Darkseid to be the biggest villain in the following sequel and three-quel of the film, where the Justice League would have come face to face with the supervillain.
Would DC Studios Consider Bringing Darkseid Back?
Followed by his appearance in Justice League, the supervillain was expected to star in Ava DuVernay’s New Gods, based on Jack Kirby’s Fourth World mythology. However, Warner Bros. canceled the film in April 2021 due to the evolving plans for the extended universe. DuVernay later revealed that Darkseid’s inclusion was the real reason the studio scrapped the film.
As James Gunn and Peter Safran continue to work on the new 10-year plan for the DCU, writer Tom King has said that he would be open to meeting the new heads of DC Studios to talk about the New Gods script he wrote with DuVernay.
The writer said that the script has not been read, and the film was scraped due to its conflicts with the studio’s plans. King hopes that with the new plan in development, he may finally have the opportunity to work on New Gods.
While there is still no information available about DC Studios’ plans, and what characters would be prioritized in the upcoming projects, fans would love to see the return of Darkseid in the DCU.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League is available to stream on HBO Max.