It’s been a huge week for DC fans awaiting the long-awaited “Snyder Cut” of Justice League which was officially announced last Wednesday. The long rumored version of Zack Snyder’s Justice League will be hitting HBO Max next year and there are some changes for fans to look forward to.
One of the most talked-about elements of the Snyder Cut has been the prospective appearance of Darkseid in the film. In the theatrical cut of Justice League, the main villain, Steppenwolf, mentions the name of the iconic DC conqueror, but that’s it. Snyder has teased the superpowered god’s role in the years since. Ray Porter, who was lined up to voice Darkseid in the film, recently shared his reaction to the Snyder Cut news, and he couldn’t be more thrilled with the announcement and the fans.
That said, and because I’ve been given permission…
Hi, I’m Ray. I played Darkseid in Zack Snyder’s “Justice League”.
There. It’s out now.
— Ray Porter (@Ray__Porter) May 22, 2020
Many folks have long wondered if Darkseid’s portrayal in Justice League will end up differing from The New Gods, a feature film that is set to be directed by Ava DuVernay and was written by DuVernay and Tom King. However, while speaking to LightCast, Porter addressed that he’s not currently involved with The New Gods.
“No, I have not,” Porter replied when asked if he’d heard from DuVernay. “I know a lot of people on Twitter have been making noise about it and I’m really grateful, and I love that, and obviously I’d love to hear from Ava about New Gods, but I also respect that Ava’s got a vision for this project. And if I’m not a part of that vision, that’s just the way it is, and that’s okay. My hope is that it’s something the fans are going to love as well. But I haven’t heard from Ava yet.”
The behind-the-scenes tale of Justice League is a sordid affair. After original director Zack Snyder left the film following a family tragedy, The Avengers director Joss Whedon was brought on board to oversee reshoots and overhaul the film. The resultant film was cut down to two hours (from an initial runtime of over three) and many storylines were removed or heavily altered.
The movie was met with a tepid critical and commercial reception and plans for sequels were quietly shelved as the DCEU segued into more stand-alone projects like Joker and Birds of Prey.
(via Screen Rant)