Batman vs. Joker in Gotham Metropolis
You may keep in mind that one of many very first scenes in Justice League options Batman stalking a Gotham Metropolis hoodlum, utilizing his prey’s rising concern to lure a Parademon out of hiding. That early scene, together with a handful of moments that includes Batman and Commissioner Gordon, are all we actually see of Gotham Metropolis within the film. It is doable the Snyder Lower may develop on one among these scenes and showcase extra of Batman defending his metropolis whereas the specter of Darkseid looms.
One possibility right here is to rejigger that first Gotham scene in order that Batman is stalking Joker relatively than a anonymous legal. That scene most likely would not play out in the identical manner, on condition that Joker is the one individual completely incapable of being terrorized by Batman, however there are different methods Batman’s hunt for Joker may type a segue into the Parademon subplot. Maybe Joker himself is fascinated by these alien invaders and what they imply for Earth’s future. Possibly Joker will even really feel the decision of the Mom Field and the attract of Anti-Life.
A Robin Flashback
Batman v Superman hints at an earlier battle between Batman and Joker, one which seemingly resulted in Robin’s loss of life and Wayne Manor being set ablaze. Nonetheless, the film by no means dwells on that untold story, nor does it reveal which character was carrying that defaced Robin swimsuit (Snyder has suggested it might have been Dick Grayson relatively than the extra predictable Jason Todd).
Snyder could also be taking the chance to shed extra gentle on that tragic incident in Justice League. It is completely doable Leto’s scenes are a part of a brand new flashback sequence. We may image Ben Affleck’s Bruce recounting the story of the day Robin was killed as a type of cautionary story – a warning about how a lot the superhero life can take from a person.
Even when that story is just referenced obliquely relatively than instantly proven, Snyder could also be including in a scene the place Joker reminds Batman concerning the loss of life of Robin. Joker could also be making an attempt to show to Batman that having allies makes him weaker, even because the Darkish Knight begins assembling a brand new group.
Justice League Snyder Lower Trailer Screenshots
Joker Joins the Injustice League
The theatrical reduce of Justice League ends with a post-credits scene teasing a future Justice League movie that will or might not ever come to go. There, we see Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor recruiting Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke to type “a League of our personal,” hinting on the debut of the Injustice League/Injustice Gang/Legion of Doom in a future sequel.
On condition that Snyder’s plan was to have Justice League lead instantly right into a Darkseid-heavy sequel, it is probably that stinger scene was by no means a part of his Justice League reduce. Even so, we may simply see him reshooting that scene so as to add Leto’s Joker alongside his fellow villains. There’s even the potential of including different DCEU villains who’ve debuted post-Justice League, similar to Mark Robust’s Dr. Sivana or Kristen Wiig’s Cheetah. Though Warner Bros. has clarified that Snyder’s Justice League cut is now set in its own continuity, separate from the present DCEU, the studio might even see worth in constructing extra pleasure for a future supervillain team-up.
Launch the Ayer Lower?
What we all know concerning the scope of Snyder’s Justice League reshoots suggests Leto’s Joker most likely will not all of the sudden turn out to be an important character. Any of the earlier three theories appear probably (presumably even a couple of), however we undoubtedly should not count on a Mom Field-wielding Joker to pop up within the climax of the movie. If something, Leto’s function within the reshoots could also be much less about increasing the plot of Justice League than forging a stronger hyperlink to an earlier DCEU movie.
With the Snyder Lower lastly being confirmed after years of rumors and fan campaigning, many DC followers are questioning if that is the beginning of a pattern. Suicide Squad director David Ayer actually appears passionate about the prospect of an “Ayer Cut” of his film, tweeting, “My reduce could be simple to finish. It will be extremely cathartic for me. It’s exhausting getting your ass kicked for a movie that acquired the Edward Scissorhands therapy. The movie I made has by no means been seen.”
We think about Snyder is sympathetic to Ayer’s plight, given the equally troubled making of Justice League. Including in Leto’s Joker could possibly be Snyder’s manner of paying tribute to a fellow DC director and presumably even stoking the fires of the #ReleaseTheAyerCut motion. If there’s one factor we find out about Ayer’s model of the film, it is that it would have featured more Joker.
There is definitely a gap within the Joker/Harley Quinn saga Snyder’s Justice League may work to fill. When final we noticed Leto’s character on the finish of Suicide Squad, he was within the means of breaking Harley out of jail and resuming their roller-coaster romance. However when Harley returns in Birds of Prey, she’s already damaged up with Mister J (a personality who by no means truly seems within the film). Leto’s Justice League scenes could also be supposed to fill within the blanks, exhibiting us what occurred to the Clown Prince of Crime in between Suicide Squad and Birds of Prey. There isn’t any indication Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is showing within the Snyder Lower, however possibly the movie will present Joker’s aspect of the story, simply as Birds of Prey targeted on Harley’s aspect.
How do you assume Leto’s Joker will match into Zack Snyder’s Justice League? Tell us your theories within the feedback beneath.
Jesse is a mild-mannered employees author for IGN. Enable him to lend a machete to your mental thicket by following @jschedeen on Twitter.