The production of Justice League was troubled to say the least. The movie saw an entirely new director take over the reshoots and with the movie not performing as well as expected at the box office, the future of the entire DC universe is somehwat up in the air. However, original Justice League director Zack Snyder has recently confirmed yet another way the film was meant to hint toward a future confrontation for the DC heroes with the villain Darkseid. Check it out.
The reference was called out by the co-host of the DC Films Hub Podcast John Aaron Garza, who meme-ifies a line that Batman says in Justice League which was a reference to the dream he had in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He makes reference to something "darker" and Zack Snyder responds on the social networking platform Vero that the line was meant to be a direct reference, though an unknowing one for the character, to Darkseid.
The DC universe films went through a lot of changes over the years and initially the movie that became Justice League was going to be the first of two films. It seems clear that the initial plan was for the first Justice League movie to introduce Steppenwolf and lay the ground work for a sequel that saw Darkseid, one of the biggest villains in all of DC Comics, to make his appearance. Over the years a lot changed and Justice League was reduced to one movie. However, a lot of the initial work that had been done to set up the sequel clearly survived.
Of course, now, whether or not we'll ever see Darkseid is unclear. Within the DC film universe Steppenwolf has been defeated and the post credits sequence of the movie seemed to set up a future League confrontation with Lex Luthor, not a furthering of the galactic plot of the movie that had just wrapped up. The future of DC's films, as far as what we know for sure is on the way, is a series of solo projects for Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and Shazam. If and when the Justice League comes back together is unknown, and what they'll be doing when that happens is even less clear.
It's frustrating for many because there was clearly a vision at play here and we'll never get to see exactly what it was. Even Justice League ended up as something other than what Zack Snyder wanted, though we may never know exactly by how much. Still, it's nice to see all the work that was done, even if it may evnetually mean nothing.