Despite all of the promotional material thus far for ‘Justice League’ mainly focusing on Batman and Wonder Woman recruiting the other members of the team to help protect Earth due to Superman’s absence, it has been very clear from the beginning that Superman was going to be a part of the ‘Justice League’ film, regardless of what happened to him at the end of ‘Batman V Superman.’ (For anyone who did not see that atrocity of a movie, Superman died at the hands of Doomsday during the climactic finale, a fate any intelligent moviegoer clearly did not really believe, not only because Snyder had some dirt floating over Superman’s grave right before cutting to the end credits, but also because it was the second film in the DCEU and no one really believed they would kill off Superman that early in the franchise).
The real question, though, is how involved he would be in ‘Justice League.’ Would he there for most of the movie, having been resurrected early? Or would he come back toward the end, a kind of deus ex machina to help the team finish off Steppenwolf and his henchman at just the right moment? Zack Snyder commented on this recently during an interview with Empire Magazine, but unfortunately, his comments were relatively vague. According to Snyder:
“Superman does play a big part in this movie. His presence, and lack of presence, are big story points…”
So Snyder’s words could mean anything here, so really there is no point in speculating. All we know is that Henry Cavill did post a picture of himself in the black Superman suit, but it was never confirmed whether that was officially for ‘Justice League’ or whether he was just messing with us, but it would be cool to see him in that suit, as it would harken back to how Superman was resurrected and regained his powers following the events of the ‘Death of Superman’ storyline in the comics.
What do you think? Will Superman play a major role in the film? Or will his name be important, but physically he will not be present until the end? Share your theories in the comments below!
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