The biggest mystery surrounding #JusticeLeague has been, ironically enough, the Man of Steel himself. For a year, we've been wondering how the legendary hero would come into play with Batman's newly-formed super team after being, well, stabbed to death by Doomsday. *cough* You know, supposedly "to death."
That may have been a cool way to end #BatmanVSuperman, but it put a lot of pressure on Justice League, as it's not only meant to deal with six superheroes coming together and their respective backstories, but also with the resurrection of one of its most valuable members.
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Given all the trouble brought by a single decision at the end of a film, we've been scratching our heads, wondering what in the world pushed Zack Snyder to make it. Thanks to an interview the director gave to USA Today, we finally have our answer.
Before we go any further, Snyder confirmed yet again that, yes, Superman is in Justice League (which, I mean, c'mon, we already knew...but still):
“It’s hard to have a Justice League without Superman. That’s how I feel about it.”
But even if he is indeed in it, it's still a fairly strange choice to kill him off right before an event as important as this one, and all while knowing his fall would last less than one movie's length. So what exactly was going on to make that decision? Well, turns out it had to do with the impact his presence after dying will have on his newly-found team and the world, as the director revealed:
“It was always a super-intriguing concept to me to have this opportunity to have him make that sacrifice but also have him be this, in a weird sort of way, the why of 'Justice League': What do you do now with him? What does the team think? What does the world need?. All that comes into play. It’s fun for us but it’ll be interesting for audiences what we do with him.”
It's great to finally have an explanation for #Superman's demise right before such a pivotal event. But let's keep in mind that, after all the teases regarding his resurrection, the question that I'm pretty sure everyone's asking right now is...
What Should We Expect From Superman In 'Justice League'?
Up until now, we've been teased with an exciting new story for Superman. Mainly, through Zack Snyder's statement later in the year regarding how big a role he would play in the film:
“Superman does play a big part in this movie. His presence, and lack of presence, are big story points…”
Aside from that though, we've never had a concrete answer as to what that means. Of course, there are possibilities, the main one being a more light-hearted Man of Steel.
One of the biggest complaints #HenryCavill's Superman receives is his extreme broodiness. It's tough to see the beacon of hope we know from comics and other media in this interpretation, and fans have not been happy about it. So, with that in mind, could this new exploration of the superhero be Zack Snyder's way of hitting the refresh button on the character without having to reboot him?
It's tough to say without stepping into unfounded theory territory. And, well, it's Snyder, who loves grimdark and gritty, and we already know Supes will be in the black costume—so it's even possible that Superman will go dark side before he comes back to the light. If it borrows a page from the Death of Superman storyline (and at this point, it looks likely), he almost certainly will. That makes sense, from what we know of Snyder as a storyteller.
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#ZackSnyder and Warner Bros. are well aware of our desire to know just what in the world happened to Superman. And they've responded accordingly, by having him in only one of the various official pictures from the film.
So, with so much effort being put into keeping the legendary superhero a mystery, it's not likely we'll know for certain what's going on with the big guy until Justice League hits theaters on November 17, 2017.
What did you think of Snyder's comments about Superman? Will we see a changed Man of Steel in Justice League? Let me know in the comments!
[Source: USA Today]