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Zack Snyder Reportedly Wanted Martian Manhunter So Bad He Held Snyder Cut Footage Hostage, Threatened to Delete Everything if WB Said No

It was over a year ago when fans of DC and Marvel came together to laud and applaud for the darker and grittier (and honestly, truer version) of the super-hero ensemble film, Zack Snyder’s Justice League. There was, however, a surprise cameo of the DC character Martial Manhunter which we see 2 or 3 times in the film. And yet, the character was of such importance to the director that he allegedly held the film hostage and threatened to delete the footage if the character wasn’t included!

Harry Lennix as the Martian Manhunter in Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021).
Harry Lennix as the Martian Manhunter in Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021).

When Zack Snyder held the film footage hostage against WB!

Justice League in the Snyderverse.
Justice League in the Snyderverse.

According to several sources, WB was not aware of the existing footage of Martian Manhunter in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. When the film was sent to the editing part, it was Warner Bros. executive Walter Hamada that wanted this character to be cut out from the film.

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Stating the reason that they had other plans for the character, they wanted no part of the Martian Manhuntergiving the slightest appearance in the film. It was suggested earlier that Green Lantern(which even Ryan Reynolds wasn’t able to save) would be making an appearance instead of the Martian Manhunterbut was cut out from the movie for the same reason stated above (having other plans for the character).

There are alleged rumors that Zack Snyder threatened to delete the existing footage of the film if Martian Manhunter was not to be included. This is a rather daring move but something that Zack Snyder is capable of doing. However, when asked, the director stated that this was all false and that he does not hold the ability to do so. There are alleged rumors of Zack Snyder returning to WB and restoring and finishing his Snyderverse. There has been, however, no official confirmation from either.

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So why was Martian Manhunter so important to Zack Snyder?

Zack Snyder guiding on the set of Justice League (2021).
Zack Snyder guiding on the set of Justice League (2021).

Martian Manhunter is a law enforcement police officer from the planet Mars that is left stranded on the planet Earth when a scientist from Earth accidentally beams the humanoid figure to Earth and later dies. Thus, Martian Manhunter later adopts the identity of John Johnes and fights crime until the technology becomes advanced enough for him to go back to his home.

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The importance of this humanoid is that he is one of the founding members of the Justice League! Yes, you read that right. Being one of the seven primary members of the Justice League, the character is of great importance and is one of the most powerful superheroes to exist in the DC universe. This is probably why the cameos and footage of the character making their way into the film were so important to Zack Snyder.

You can stream Zack Snyder’s Justice League on HBO Max (although you probably have seen it already).

Source: Screenrant