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Through the long and winding road that saw Zack Snyder’s Justice League become a reality, several aspects of the original vision had to be resurrected from where they lay dead and buried. Among the most integral pieces that was revived in the process of completing the HBO Max title was Ezra Miller’s Flash and a lot of the backstory he carried with him. But one especially important thing that found its way back into the finished product was The Flash’s big part to play in the Russian finale.
if you liked the look of the new and improved finale, you can thank Zack Snyder for lighting a fire underneath his VFX team, thanks to what’s been dubbed as the “Hallelujah” trailer that kicked off the last leg in Zack Snyder’s Justice League’s road to existence. I learned this firsthand as I spoke with the film’s VFX supervisor, Bryan Hirota, a member of Scanline VFX. While that first trailer was a blessing for the fans, it cause a slight bit of concern for the team at Scanline, as Hirota revealed in the following story:
When work began on realizing the Snyder Cut out of what was once merely known as Justice League, not a lot of work was done on The Flash’s full role in the film. While it was Zack Snyder and his Justice League crew were always concerned about archiving everything so it could easily be picked up again, no one really knew when that was going to happen. In fact, some thought it’d be a decade or so before the subject would even be revived.
It only took a few years of fans demanding that Warner Bros “release the Snyder Cut” before Zack Snyder’s Justice League was officially greenlit, which gave the Scanline VFX team a seven-month window to get their job done. Among revising the Russian finale, as well as creating Harry Lennix’s Martian Manhunter scenes from whole cloth, completing Barry Allen’s heroic arc was a huge priority.
Luckily, another moment of accelerated Justice League crunch time led to one of the many advantages that Bryan Hirota and the folks at Scanline VFX used to bring The Flash to life in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. With the iconic Speed Force being put into even greater use in the Snyder Cut, the dynamics of that legendary DC Comics plot device needed some extra fleshing out. This wasn’t that much of a problem thanks to The Flash’s special Suicide Squad cameo spurning Hirota and his team to develop something at a much earlier phase:
Through two very big and very quick asks on the production of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, the look of Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen was perfected. While Scanline VFX’s wizards congratulated each other and swore to never do it again, who knows what the future will hold for Bryan Hirota and his colleagues?
Zack Snyder’s Justice League is currently available, along with several other DC Extended Universe films, on HBO Max. If you’re not a subscriber yet, there’s a super discount being offered on a six month pre-paid subscription, and you should totally check it out.
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