Caution: MAJOR spoilers ahead for Justice League! You've been warned!
If you stayed all the way through the credits of Zack Snyder's Justice League, then you definitely experienced one of the cooler comic book movie surprises in recent memory. Joe Manganiello's Deathstroke finally debuted in the DC Extended Universe, and his burgeoning alliance with Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) seems to indicate the eventual creation of the Legion of Doom in the silver screen DC landscape. That said, this revelation technically shouldn't have surprised anyone, as it now seems that Zack Snyder teased this sequence well over a year ago. Check out the director's revealing tweet below.
If you are one of the many people who kept up with the production of Justice League, then you likely saw this picture when it first hit the web in September 2016. However, between the Batman gauntlet and the fashionable clothing, some of you may not have realized that Zack Snyder was working on the Justice League post-credits sequence in which Deathstroke meets up with Lex Luthor on a LexCorp yacht. Not only does it shed some much-needed light onto the production process of Justice League, but it also lends further credence to the belief that Snyder did indeed film the final post-credits sequence before his departure from the project.
The moment Zack Snyder posted this tweet we knew he was working on storyboards for a sequence in the film. Though it's somewhat difficult to notice at first glance, some minor alterations to the image make it easier to see what's going on in the sketches. Take a closer look below to see for yourself.
Looking closely at that picture, it seems like a sketch of Deathstroke taking off his helmet and revealing his one-eyed visage. However, it was not until Justice League finally debuted that we could definitively confirm that the sequence involved the badass supersoldier meeting with the insane billionaire in Gotham Harbor for a business proposition. Considering the recent level of skepticism over whether or not Manganiello would even play Deathstroke after some significant changes in the DCEU, you've got to give everyone involved a certain degree of credit for keeping this a secret for over a year.
In retrospect, I guess we should've all seen this post-credits scene coming a year ago. If nothing else, this serves as a solid reminder that we need to keep our eyes peeled whenever a picture like this hits the web. After all, you never know what exciting surprises might be lurking in the smallest corners of the most innocuous photos.
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