Warning: This post contains major Justice League spoilers.
Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder have been extremely open with 2017's Justice League after the bad reception of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. Because of that, even though we are a year away from watching the movie, we know quite a bit about it. Now, thanks to Zack Snyder's latest tweet, me might know a key detail from the highly-anticipated film:
Seems innocent enough, doesn't it? It's just Zack Snyder enthusiastically working on a Justice League storyboard. Well, thanks to Batman-News.com, we know what those storyboards are. After some enhancement and literally turning it upside down, here's the storyboard the director is working on:
Who Is In That Sequence?
Someone who is instantly recognizable in the sequence is Joe Manganiello's Deathstroke. This is obviously quite the revelation because, as of today, the mercenary was only confirmed for the Batman solo movie, following Ben Affleck's famous tease and subsequent confirmation of Manganiello as the character.
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The intriguing aspect is who he is talking to. We never see his face, but, going by the fact that he appears to be bald, someone that instantly comes to mind is Lex Luthor. Jesse Eisenberg is returning as the infamous character for Justice League so a scene between Deathstroke and Luthor is totally plausible. But we still have to keep our mind open as there's no way of confirming that is indeed Lex.
Is Deathstroke After The Justice League Or A Specific Member?
Deathstroke is a mercenary; he isn't so much an actively diabolical villain as he is just a guy trying to earn a living. That mentality has made him cross paths with superheroes with prices on their heads multiple times. That opens up the question: Who is he after? In the footage that Affleck first posted, Deathstroke was inside the Justice League's Flying Fox.
Later on, when Zack Snyder revealed Batman's tactical suit, the Dark Knight was standing on that very same vehicle. So, this creates the mystery: Could it be that Deathstroke is only after one hero and he simply tracked him (or her) to the ship? Given that in the DC Cinematic Universe, people are still not familiar with what superheroes can do, it's doubtful Deathstroke was hired to hunt the entire JL and instead, just a key member.
Is He Being Hired By Lex Luthor?
If Lex is the one in the photograph, it's possible he was crazy enough to hire him to take on the combined forces of the Justice League but... for what purpose? One of the mercenary's most impressive feats was when he single-handedly defeated the Justice League so we know he can do it. However, even if Wonder Woman, Batman, Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman are destroyed, there are surely more superheroes that could face Darkseid, so it wouldn't make much sense to employ Deathstroke for that purpose.
What's more, in Batman V Superman, Lex Luthor was given the knowledge of the universe in the Kryptonian scout ship by Steppenwolf himself. We know that Lex's efforts to kill Superman were ultimately to ensure Darkseid's arrival so, if that is what's happening, what use could he have for a mercenary like Deathstroke? Yes, he is the best assassin in the DC Universe but he's not at the level of Apokolips.
On the other hand, he could have hired the mercenary to kill Batman and stop him from uniting the Justice League. Without them, Darkseid and his army would not run head first into the opposition of the combined forces of some of the world's most powerful superheroes.
Another interesting question this poses is: How did Luthor get out of prison? At the end of BvS, he was seen essentially as a terrorist. We know he will eventually escape his incarceration but how will that happen? Will Lex legally trick his way out or will he have Otis waiting for him in the prison yard with a hot air balloon?
There is of course the chance that the person in front of Deathstroke isn't Lex Luthor, and instead is another character from the comics or an entirely new one. To find out, we'll have to wait until Justice League hits theaters on November 17, 2017. However, the question remains: Was this an accidental reveal or was Zack Snyder trusting fans to decipher what he was working on?
What do you think is happening in the sequence? Is Lex Luthor the one talking to Deathstroke?
[Source: Batman News]