“I’d do it that way from now on”: Justice League Actor Who Was Dealt Terrible Injustice by Joss Whedon Becomes Part of Zack Snyder’s $166M Netflix Gamble

Justice League Actor Who Was Dealt Terrible Injustice by Joss Whedon Becomes Part of Zack Snyder’s $166M Netflix Gamble
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With his eagerly awaited space opera film, Rebel Moon, Zack Snyder is soon to make his way back to the big screen. This Netflix release will have a limited theatrical run. The movie will be released in two parts, the first of which will arrive on screens in December of this year, according to a recent announcement from Snyder and Netflix.

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The Justice League filmmaker has kept the progress on his science fiction movie Rebel Moon relatively under wraps. According to the film’s trailer, the story of the first part, Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire displays the vastness of space through dramatic sequences.

Zack Snyder
Zack Snyder

The film is a passion project for the former DCEU director, and it appears that he is narratively embracing his more established Justice League style for this upcoming Netflix film.

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Also, he recently revealed that he hired Ray Porter, who voiced Darkseid in Justice League, to record the entire script of Rebel Moon so that he could hear the rhythms of the language. 

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Ray Porter To Become Part of Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon

Ray Porter, who plays Darkseid in Justice League, was hired by Zack Snyder to read and record the script for his upcoming Rebel Moon.

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The Man of Steel director decided to use Porter’s narration rhythm and instincts as a guide when directing Rebel Moon’s scenes because the actor’s voice connected so strongly with Snyder’s creative process. 

A still from Zack Snyder's Rebel Moon
Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon

The Dawn of the Dead director stated he would listen to Porter’s recordings in order to get prepared for on-set Rebel Moon filming, adding:

“Every day before I’d come to work, I’d listen to Ray read the scene. […] So on the drive in, I’ll listen to it to remind me, ‘Oh yeah, this is what we’re doing.’”

He further explained:

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“Hear the dialogue and everything. It’s good fun. I’ve never done it for a movie, but I would do it that way from now on. Because you sit in the car and you have your script and you get carsick and you’re like, ‘Oh god, this is exhausting,’ but if you just put your headphones on … And actually, because I wrote the script, I’m always like, ‘What did we say? What was that?’”

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Ray Porter Contributes Significant Voice Credits

Ray Porter was called back early in the filming process to read passages of the script aloud, in addition to having a small role in Rebel Moon. Zack Snyder ultimately decided that Porter should just recite the entire script as he saw fit on tape.

Ray Porter
Ray Porter

The actor has previously narrated several audiobooks, and his assured voice made it easier for Snyder to picture and go over the drafted scenes for Rebel Moon. The filmmaker further said:

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“And it’s just nice to hear it back and be like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s right.’ Because we gave that a lot of thought. Two years ago, that’s all I cared about. That document becomes abstract. You’re like, ‘Did I write this? I never meant that. That’s crazy.’”

Given the actor’s background in reading a variety of characters in stories, Porter’s narration served as a dramatization of the scenes. But Snyder did not say whether the Darkseid actor would read only the first chapter of Rebel Moon or if he would record the audio for both movies.

Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire (Photo Credit –imdb)
Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire (Photo Credit –IMDb)

Netflix’s Rebel Moon is split into two parts. 

Netflix will release Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire on December 22, 2023, and Rebel Moon: Part Two – The Scargiver, the sequel, is scheduled for release on April 19, 2024.

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