“Our Bruce has a higher moral, or stronger, moral compass when he first started fighting in Gotham [City] 20 years ago,” says Snyder. “But he’s seen a lot of rough stuff happen over the years and I think that he’s a bit jaded now, obviously.”
Watch the exclusive Motherbox Origins clip Snyder debuted during IGN Fan Fest:One part of Batman’s back-story in the DCEU that was briefly shown in Batman v Superman is the death of Robin at the hands of the Joker, though Snyder says there were more. “The death of Robin and others, I think that he now has found himself in a dark place,” explains Snyder.
The turn for Batman in Zack Snyder’s Justice League is the death of Superman and Wayne’s decision to form the Justice League as a redemption arc. “The death of Superman really shakes him out of that [dark place] and puts him on this really cathartic path to form the Justice League and do his part.”
“If you think about it, the Justice League is made up entirely of almost god-like characters with these god-like powers, and [Batman is] just a guy. Yes, he is the world’s greatest detective and he is this incredible force as far as humanity goes, but in the end, he is just a guy. It’s like his job of bringing [the Justice League] together, it was also one of the most important jobs because there would be no Justice League without Bruce.”
Justice League Snyder Cut: All the Known Differences From the Theatrical Version
Snyder tells IGN that these feelings from Bruce, of being a mortal among gods, will come across in his version of the movie. But the story could potentially go in new directions now that we know Jared Leto’s Joker will be in the movie. And there were some cut ideas as well, such as a pitched romance between Bruce Wayne and Lois Lane that was ultimately axed.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League will be released in full on HBO Max as a single, four-hour movie. This is Snyder’s original version of The Justice League, which was taken over by Joss Whedon. Snyder’s Justice League will be presented in a boxy 1.33:1 ratio instead of widescreen. Here’s 27 things we learned from Zack Snyder’s IGN Fan Fest panel.
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Matt T.M. Kim is News Editor at IGN. You can reach him on Twitter @lawoftd.