How Big Superman's Role In Justice League Will Be, According To Zack Snyder


Justice League will be rocking a six-member initial lineup rather than the usual seven (sorry, Green Lantern). However, if you've been paying attention to the marketing and reports for the superhero team-up blockbuster, one of those members is barely getting any attention. Details are light on what to expect from Superman in Justice League, namely how he'll be brought into the fold after dying in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. While director Zack Snyder isn't quite willing to shed more light on what the Man of Steel will be doing in the movie, he has assured fans that the Kryptonian hero will be an important player. Snyder stated:

Superman does play a big part in this movie. His presence, and lack of presence, are big story points...

Zack Snyder provided the above vague comment while speaking with Empire, assuring folks that Superman's involvement in Justice League is key to the plot. Unfortunately, this doesn't help with learning how Kal-El ends up joining the eponymous team, but the Superman fans out there will undoubtedly be pleased to know for sure that he won't be an afterthought. So far the Justice League marketing has revolved around Batman and Wonder Woman recruiting Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg to help protect the world in Superman's absence, but we'll have to wait for the first Justice League trailer or a report later in the year to get a hint of how Superman will be thrown into the mix.

Superman kicked off the DC Extended Universe in 2013 with Man of Steel, his origin story. Thee years later, he went up against Batman, Lex Luthor and Doomsday in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. That movie ended with Superman sacrificing himself to stop Doomsday, but in the finale seconds of the story, the dirt atop Clark Kent's coffin began to levitate, foreshadowing that his death isn't permanent. Justice League will see the superheroes battling Steppenwolf and his Parademon army when they come to Earth in search of the three Mother Boxes, but it remains to be seen whether Steppenwolf will have something to do with Superman's resurrection or the Kryptonian will come back to life on his own.

The only major clue about Superman's involvement in Justice League that's come out so far is that he may be wearing an all-black costume upon returning to life, similar to the duds he donned after being resurrected in "The Death of Superman" comic book arc. This hasn't been confirmed yet, although Henry Cavill did post the initial photo that teased this twist. Whatever happens to Superman in Justice League, we can at least rule out that he'll bite the dust again, because Man of Steel 2 is currently in development.

Justice League hits theaters on November 17.

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