We got a glimpse of one of ‘dem emerald avengers in the 4-hour film but if Zack Snyder had had his way a Green Lantern would’ve had a more prominent presence in his cut of “Justice League.”
Speaking of his new cut on HBO Max, the “Army of the Dead” filmmaker mentioned that an end sequence featuring the DC comics hero was filmed but Warner Bros wouldn’t let him use it.
As Snyder recently told Esquire magazine, “The last scene with Martian Manhunter, originally, I had shot it in England. And the dialogue was very similar, but it was supposed to be one of the Lanterns.”
“And then the studio had told me I wasn’t allowed to shoot anything,” Snyder continued. “That there would be no film made of any kind. During production, that was a thing they insisted on. And I shot stuff anyway, of course, in my yard. And one of the things I shot was the Green Lantern scene.”
Snyder told the ReelBlend podcast this week that he filmed the scene in his driveaway with an “an amazing actor”. Though he didn’t mention the name, Fandomwire suggests the actor in question was “The Predator” actor Trevante Rhodes.
“And then they asked me, when they saw the movie and saw that I put it in there, they’d take it out,” Snyder told the abovesaid magazine. “And I said that I would quit if they tried to take it out. And I felt bad. The truth is I didn’t want the fans to not have a movie, just based on that one stand that I was going to take.”
“The Green Lantern was John Stewart. And that was part of it too. I was like, I don’t want to take a person of color out of this movie. I’m not going to do it. But I felt like having Harry Lennix’s Martian Manhunter at the end was, that was okay.”
“Zack Snyder’s Justice League” is now streaming on HBO Max.