Justice League Reacts To Avengers: Infinity War Trailer In New Fan Video

A funny new fan video imagines the Justice League‘s reaction to the recently released Avengers: Infinity War trailer. Trailer mash-ups aren’t exactly a new thing in the Youtube community, but they’re a great way for talented fans to show off their own talent and express their love for their favorite films. Youtube user DrMachakil has become something of a mash-up master over the last few years, cranking out such winners as “Tom Cruise falls into other movies” and the spectacularly spot-on “PHONE FIGHTS : The Joker vs John McClane“. (Seriously, give the latter a watch at least — it’s awesome.)

DrMachakil is perhaps best known for his reaction parody videos, like “Superheroes react to Donald Trump’s Victory“, “Andrew Garfield reacts to Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer“, and of course, “The Avengers react to Justice League Trailer“. In the latter, playing the first official trailer for Justice League over Ultron’s introduction scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron resulted in DrMachakil’s biggest hit to date, racking up over 6 million views in the 6 months since its release.

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AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR SETS RECORD AS MOST WATCHED TRAILER IN FIRST 24 HOURS

 

The first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War has set a major new record.

Marvel Studios announced on Twitter Infinity War’s debut look is now the most-viewed trailer debut ever. As of writing, the trailer is currently up to 230 million views in its first 24 hours since release on November 29.

Stephen King’s IT most recently held the record, garnering 197 million views in its first 24 hours earlier this year. Make sure to check out IGN’s breakdown of the Infinity War trailer below for a look at some of the details and secrets you might’ve missed.

The trailer finally gives fans a proper look at Thanos battling some fan-favorite Marvel superheroes, including Spider-Man and Iron Man.

For more on Avengers: Infinity War, read about why the film reminds Evangeline Lilly (the Wasp) of Lost. Also check out these new Infinity War magazine covers that offer a glimpse at some of the new looks for Black Widow, War Machine, and more.

Also find out what Kevin Feige recently said about Phase 4 and how there will be two distinct periods in the MCU.

Avengers: Infinity War opens in theaters on May 4, 2018.

Leaked Justice League Deleted Scenes Feature Iris West & Cyborg VR

Warner Bros. just launched Justice League into theaters, but deleted scenes have already leaked online. Arguably the most important movie in WB’s still young DC movie universe is here and is adding to the controversial nature of the franchise. Justice League sports the biggest and most powerful DC heroes all on the screen for the first time, but much has been made of the behind-the-scenes turmoil the project has had. From last second rewrites, to major reshoots, and losing Zack Snyder as the director, it is safe to say the film that is currently playing in theaters is not what initially was planned.

All of these factors and a mandated runtime from the studio for Justice League to be under two hours have sparked conversations over what is missing from the film. Surprisingly, deleted scenes from the film have already leaked online showing Iris West’s cameo and more of Cyborg.

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A Vimeo user has uploaded six deleted scenes from Justice League days into its theatrical run. The biggest scene shows Keirsey Clemons cameo as Iris West, when Barry rushes to save her in from a potentially fatal car accident. The other five scenes all include Cyborg. One shows him learning to fly, another of him analyzing weapons data, one in the halls of leading to the Kryptonian ship, and two more that are rather strange. In what appears to be some sort of virtual reality display, a regular looking Victor Stone is shown approaching a base of Nazis, and in another scene controlling hundreds of missiles – similar to what Magneto does in X-Men: First Class.

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The most surprising thing about this leak is the timing. Having these leak during Justice League‘s opening weekend isn’t great, especially with the debate over what was cut being such a big topic. The context of these scenes are not entirely clear, but they should all be from Zack Snyder’s original cut and footage he shot. Justice League is condensed to a runtime less than two hours, but fans eager to see more of Flash’s world will only wish him saving Iris was included even more. This is actually the first look at Clemons in the role and would make for a memorable entrance if nothing else.

The Cyborg scenes are a bit more bizarre as they are much shorter than full length scenes. The rooftop flying scene and him investigating satellites, missiles, etc look to be the ones closest to making the film based on the quality of the VFX. The trailers actually used the shot of Cyborg bursting through the clouds early on, but it probably will never be revealed why they cut the scene and only teased him knowing how to fly early on. The VR like scenes are just as mysterious, but also add another layer to Cyborg as he projects his form in the way he was before his accident.

Unfortunately, none of these scenes are in the movie and are sure to be taken down soon. Once Justice League nears its home video release, expect more deleted scenes to be released, but officially this time. Plus, if an extended cut is being considered, there is a better chance these scenes are finished and put into the film. If not, we’ll have to wait and see whether or not Warner Bros. ever officially release the clips.

5 questions I have after watching Thor: Ragnarok

The next upcoming MCU movie hits cinemas on October 24 (in the UK – the US have to wait until November 3), but the Thor: Ragnarok reviews are in now and boy, are they positive! It looks like Marvel Studios has another hit on its hands and that’s no bad thing. I do have a few questions after watching the movie though… mainly about how it ties into the MCU timeline and the upcoming events of Avengers: Infinity War, but you certainly don’t want to read about them until after you’ve seen Thor 3 because there’s major spoilers wrapped up in those questions (and the answers). So, what I want you to do is save this page and come back to it once you’ve seen the movie. Done that? Is this you coming back to read about what that ending means? Ok, then, let’s go!

1. Where is the Tesseract (AKA, the Space Stone) now?

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While Thor: Ragnarok doesn’t have loads ties to the rest of the MCU or the upcoming superhero-fest which is Infinity War, there was one scene which screamed ‘crossover information’ at the top of it’s lungs. When Hela is walking past Odin’s treasures looking for the Eternal Flame she complains that they’re all fake, flicking what looks like the Infinity Gauntlet to the floor. This clears up a long-standing inconsistency in the MCU where it appeared that both Odin and Thanos had the gauntlet – it turns out the one in Asgard is a fake. Interestingly though, Hela had nothing but praise for the Tesseract which was on display nearby leading me to believe that it most certainly isn’t a fake. That means it’s going to be a part of the Infinity War saga which starts next year. But wait, wasn’t Asgard destroyed at the end of the movie along with all the treasures (fake or otherwise) hidden in Odin’s vaults? So, where is the Tesseract now? Floating amongst the debris? No way, didn’t you see Loki giving it the eye when he went to unleash Surtur? He definitely picked it up on his way out. There’s no way he could have resisted it, which means Loki is currently in possession of the Tesseract, on the ship with the rest of Asgard, heading for Earth. Remember that… it’s going to be important.

2. Is Thor really not getting his eye back?

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I know the eye patch at the end of the movie felt kind of permanent, but up until that point I was convinced Thor would be magically healed and get his eye back. It’s not often movie studios make big, dramatic changes to the look of their heroes, which need to be maintained across multiple films. And I bet it’s really itchy for Chris Hemsworth too! That said, there’s a nice symmetry between how he looks now and Odin (maybe it’s mandatory that every ruler of Asgard only has one eye?) and I can’t wait to see how many one-eyed wisecracks Tony Stark comes up with.

3. Where will Asgard be rebuilt?

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Asgard was destroyed by Ragnarok at the end of the movie, but as everyone who’s seen it knows, Asgard isn’t a place, it’s a people. And it’s people escaped the destruction on a ship along with Thor, Loki, the Hulk, Valkyrie, Heimdall, Korg and the rest of his revolutionary buddies. When it came time to choose where the new Asgard would be built, Thor, rather predictably, opted to head for Earth. Well, I guess he is pretty found of us. So, does this mean we’re going to see the birth of a new Asgard on Earth in Thor 4 or maybe even in one of the Infinity War movies? And if so, where on Earth? I’m opting for Norway. Odin did say that “this could be Asgard” when Thor and Loki found him in Norway at the beginning of the film and they are Norse gods after all. It makes sense. How will modern-day Norway feel about these all-powerful refugees turning up on their doorstep though? Pretty good I reckon, Thor is famous on Earth, you know?

4. Whose ship was that at the end?

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It’s has to be Thanos, right? It HAS to be. Who else would turn up in an MCU post-credits scene, facing down the heroes in what can only be described as a ship SO BIG, it must be compensating for something. Thanos. That’s who. Ok, ok, so I don’t know that for sure, we didn’t see who was piloting it, but I think it’s a safe bet that it’s the big purple guy. He’s probably come to steal the Tesseract out from under Loki which will no doubt be easy given that the Asgardians haven’t even had a chance to recover from their battle with Hela. Could we be seeing the fallout from this scene at the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War?

5. Where is that sneaky Soul Stone?

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If you were hoping that the last remaining, missing-in-action, Infinity Stone was going to make an appearance in Thor: Ragnarok, you were sadly disappointed. I certainly didn’t spot it anywhere (let me know if you did!), which means it’s either really well hidden or Marvel Studios are keeping the Soul Stone under wraps until Black Panther. It’s the only Infinity Stone we haven’t seen in the MCU yet and it makes sense that it will be introduced before Infinity War where it will no doubt be joining its counterparts in Thanos’ gauntlet. Many fans assumed it would be revealed in Thor 3, but it doesn’t look like this is the case, leaving the only other remaining MCU movie to be released before Infinity War – the solo Black Panther movie – the likely candidate for its reveal. I’ll be combing through that movie come February with a fine-tooth comb looking for the orange rock!

Venom Will Include Scenes Set in Asia

Sony’s upcoming Venom movie will feature scenes set in Asia, a new casting call has revealed. Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer is directing this Marvel Comics adaptation for Sony, with Tom Hardy in the title role as Venom (aka Eddie Brock, a photographer that bonds with an alien symbiote). Fans recently learned that Hardy’s performance in the movie is set to include motion capture work.

Hardy – who has the support of Venom’s comic book creator, Todd McFarlane – could well be facing off against other symbiote characters in the Venom film, according to a recent rumor. Whoever it is that Hardy ends up fighting in the film, the first entry in Sony’s Marvel Universe, Venom‘s action quotient is expected to be epic: the stunt coordinators of John Wick, Captain America: Civil War, Logan and Baby Driver boarded the project a few months ago.

Here’s Another Awesome Justice League IMAX Poster

A new IMAX poster for Justice League has just arrived continuing the film’s recent penchant for comic book-looking promotional images. As marketing for Justice League ramps up ahead of its release, fans have been treated with a steady stream of promo materials for the film. This one, however, comes from Regal Cinema and appears to be a variant of the previously released one.

DC’s first superhero team-up pits the League against Darkseid’s uncle, Steppenwolf, as villain descends to Earth with his army of Parademons to wreak havoc in search of the Mother Boxes. With Superman dead (but not really), it is up to Batman and his newly recruited team to protect humanity before the alien villain and his cohorts do something terrible and irreversible on their home planet.

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Posting the image on the theater chain’s official Twitter account, the poster features Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg in various action poses all strategically placed in the frame. Interestingly, Diana switches things up and now showcases her Lasso of Truth after she sported her God-killer sword and shield in the other version of the IMAX-exclusive. Aquaman, on the other hand, still has his trident. On closer inspection, despite both IMAX posters taking style cues from the comics, this new one appears more cartoonish. Check the artwork below:

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Amidst the flurry of posters for Justice League appearing over the last several days, Superman remains to be absent from almost all of them. While there was a cool reference to the Man of Steel in one of the recent ones with the Flash basically pointing toward the insignia for Clark Kent’s superhero alter ego, the character has still been mostly left out of the marketing materials for the movie, despite his return being a foregone conclusion at this point.

Still, it won’t be long now until fans finally get to experience the full film as it drops in just three weeks. The cast has already started a multi-country press tour, kicking it off in China a few days ago. Meanwhile, back in the States, the Justice League fever is on. Judging by the box office tracking for the project, it appears that Warner Bros.’ efforts in keeping the hype train running are working well, with the movie potentially pocketing $110-120 million domestically by the end of its first weekend.

What’s New On Netflix For October 2017: Stranger Things 2 Release, More Movies And TV Shows

If you’ve been waiting for Stranger Things 2, this is your month.

Netflix’s lineup of new content for October 2017 has been announced, and it’s a good month to subscribe if you’re a fan of horror movies or Stranger Things. The list consists of all of the new movies, TV shows, and original series launching through the month, as well as everything that’s leaving–most of which is already gone now that we’re halfway through October.

It’s October 27, and that means Stranger Things 2 has arrived on Netflix. The first season is still available to stream if you need to catch up, or you can get a refresher with our guide to everything you need to know before Stranger Things 2. You can check out all of our Stranger Things 2 reviews in our roundup, or head straight to our review of the first episode.

With Halloween coming up, there are some scary movies to watch, like Cult of Chucky. Alternatively, you can watch something a bit lighter, with new comedies including Tommy Boy and Talladega Nights. If you’re outside the US, you now have access to the early episodes of Riverdale: Season 2.

A heads up, all seasons of 30 Rock have left Netflix as of October 1, so your chance to easily get your Tina Fey fix has passed–unless you subscribe to Hulu, which added it to start October. Check out the full list below, or check out our lists of what’s new on Hulu in October and what’s new on Amazon in October. Bear in mind, this month sees an increase in subscription prices for many Netflix customers in the US. We also now have the full list for everything coming to Netflix in November.

Arriving on Netflix, October 2017

October 1

  • 88 Minutes
  • A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song
  • Before Midnight
  • Blood Diamond
  • Boogie Nights
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Cleverman: Season 2
  • Death Sentence
  • Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood
  • Eagle vs. Shark
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Generation Iron 2
  • Ghost Patrol
  • I Love You, Man
  • Ice Guardians
  • Lockup: Disturbing the Peace: Collection 1
  • Made of Honor
  • Miss Congeniality
  • Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
  • Must Love Dogs
  • Never Let Me Go
  • No Reservations
  • Penelope
  • PJ Masks: Season 1
  • Set Up
  • The Reaping
  • Tokyo Idols
  • Tommy Boy
  • Vanished
  • Veronica

October 2

  • Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
  • Sleeping with Other People

October 3

  • 13 Demons
  • Rodney Carrington: Here Comes The Truth (Netflix Original)
  • Cult of Chucky
  • The Survivalist

October 4

  • Raw

October 5

  • Bonus Family (Bonusfamiljen): Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Schitt’s Creek: Season 3
  • The Fosters: Season 5

October 6

  • ID-0: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Skylanders Academy: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
  • Suburra: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (Netflix Original)
  • Word Party: Season 3 (Netflix Original)

October 7

  • Chris Brown: Welcome To My Life
  • Middle Man

October 10

  • Christina P: Mother Inferior (Netflix Original)
  • The Skyjacker’s Tale

October 11

  • Donnie Darko

October 12

  • Fe de etarras (Netflix Original Film)

October 13

  • El Especial de Alex Fernández, el Especial (Netflix Original)
  • Kingdom of Us (Netflix Original)
  • Mindhunter: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Super Monsters: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
  • The Babysitter (Netflix Original Film)
  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (Netflix Original Film)
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 4 (Netflix Original)

October 15

  • Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses
  • LEGO: City: Season 1
  • Money
  • OtherLife
  • She Makes Comics
  • West Coast Customs: Season 6

October 17

  • Patton Oswalt: Annihilation (Netflix Original)
  • Slasher: Guilty Party (Netflix Original)

October 19

  • Wedding Unplanned

October 20

  • 1922 (Netflix Original)
  • Haters Back Off: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
  • One of Us (Netflix Original)
  • Smurfs: The Lost Village
  • The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story (Netflix Original)
  • Wheelman (Netflix Original Film)

October 23

  • Meet the Robinsons
  • While We’re Young

October 24

  • Wanted: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Wanted: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
  • The Mist: Season 1

October 25

  • The Hateful Eight
  • The Final Master
  • La Querida del Centauro: Season 2

October 26

  • Strange Weather

October 27

  • Stranger Things 2 (Netflix Original)
  • Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (Netflix Original)

October 28

  • Pup Star: Better 2Gether

October 30

  • Judah Friedlander: America Is The Greatest Country In The United States (Netflix Original)

October 31

  • Zumbo’s Just Desserts: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

Leaving Netflix, September 2017

October 1

  • 30 Rock: Seasons 1 – 7
  • A Love in Times of Selfies
  • Across the Universe
  • Barton Fink
  • Bella
  • Big Daddy
  • Carousel
  • Cradle 2 the Grave
  • Crafting a Nation
  • Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest
  • Daddy’s Little Girls
  • Dark Was the Night
  • David Attenborough’s Rise of the Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates: Season 1
  • Day of the Kamikaze
  • Death Beach
  • Dowry Law
  • Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief
  • Friday Night Lights: Seasons 1 – 5
  • Happy Feet
  • Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
  • Hellboy
  • Kagemusha
  • Laura
  • Love Actually
  • Malcolm in the Middle: Seasons 1 – 7
  • Max Dugan Returns
  • Millennium
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Mr. 3000
  • Mulholland Dr.
  • My Father the Hero
  • My Name Is Earl: Seasons 1 – 4
  • One Tree Hill: Seasons 1 – 9
  • Patton
  • Picture This
  • Prison Break: Seasons 1 – 4
  • The Bernie Mac Show: Seasons 1 – 5
  • The Shining
  • The Wonder Years: Seasons 1 – 6
  • Titanic

October 19

  • The Cleveland Show: Seasons 1 – 4

October 21

  • Bones: Seasons 5 – 11

October 27

  • Lie to Me: Seasons 2 – 3
  • Louie: Seasons 1 – 5
  • Hotel Transylvania 2

October 29

  • Family Guy: Seasons 9 – 14

Set Photo Reveals First Look at Godzilla in Godzilla 2

Even though we’re still a year and a half away from its release, director Michael Dougherty is teasing fans with another image from the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters. There have already been leaked pictures of some destruction, whilst viral promos have hinted at the other Kaiju that the big guy will be facing. But now Dougherty has tweeted the very first image of Godzilla, albeit perhaps not in the form that some people would like to see.

With the first Godzilla movie earning over $520 million worldwide, and the positive reception it had with most monster movie fans, a sequel was never really in any doubt. Little was it suspected at the time that the film would be the first step in creating a Monsterverse, which would re-invent classic Toho Kaiju and pit them against each other. This soon became apparent when clear links were established between that film and Kong: Skull Island. As Dougherty was announced as director and further details were given, it was realized that the sequel would be a monster-fest with several creatures thrown into the mix.

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Dougherty has since posted images on social media as filming started, with one recent tweet apparently showing an “Oxygen Destroyer,” which is a clear throwback reference to an important weapon and plot point in the 1954 Toho original. As regards Big-G himself though, we’ve seen nothing so far. That was until Dougherty posted this on-set photo:

While it’s not a scale model or a glimpse of an elaborate SFX shot showing the colossus in all his glory, it is very definitely Godzilla and the first glimpse we’ve had of him from the film. But it’s obviously a very early rendering of the King of Monsters, and seems to have been set up for a reaction shot. The face is being projected onto a large screen, above what seems to be the cockpit of a plane. The only description that Dougherty gives is that it’s day 69 of the scheduled shoot. Given the sparse detail and lack of context to the shot, it’s hard to read much into it. But the features of Godzilla seem to mostly remain the same as the previous film, apart from the increased stockiness around his neck. This could be due to any number of reasons, but some people on social media have wondered whether it indicates that the Kaiju has evolved into an even tougher monster after his last battle, or that he’s wearing armor of some kind, or even that “something” has wrapped itself around him.

It’s a canny move by the filmmaker as it reveals little but has caused a lot of online excitement. It only whets the appetite for further shots and details for the movie itself. The human cast is proving to be just as strong as the Kaiju, including the likes of Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Vera Farmiga, Charles Dance, and the returning Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) as the surviving Monarch scientists. We’ll bring you more shots and news about Godzilla: King of the Monsters as we get it.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure Trailer is Coming Soon; First Look Images

A slew of promotional images for Maze Runner: The Death Cure have been released online, coupled with a tease that the film’s first trailer will be hitting the web very soon. The third installment in the Maze Runner saga will close out the film adaptation of the thriller novels from James Dashner when it hits theaters early next year.

Admittedly, The Death Cure has been a long time coming after going through a major setback in the film’s principal photography. Early last year, Dylan O’Brien, who plays lead Thomas in the franchise, was hurt in an on-set accident while filming the movie in Vancouver. Although fans were quickly assured the actor did not suffer any life-threatening injuries, production for the movie was suspended to give the Teen Wolf actor enough time to recuperate. This resulted to the flick’s release date being moved to January 2018 with filming only resuming early this year.

Courtesy of Buzzfeed, a gallery of photo stills from The Death Cure has emerged online. The snaps feature the surviving Gladers gearing up for an intense face-off with the World in Catastrophe: Killzone Department (W.C.K.D.) for one last time as they try to possibly save Minho (Ki Hong Lee) who was captured towards the climactic end of Scorch Trials. Unfortunately, it does not seem like it would be an easy ride judging by the grim looking pictures with the team going on dangerous missions to make sure that most of them, if not all, finish the deadly maze and make a sense of what the death-defying adventure was really all about. On top of saving themselves, the world’s fate also lies in the hands of the team as they take it onto themselves to find the cure for the ongoing deadly epidemic that has already killed millions of people over the world.

In conjunction to the slew of snaps hitting the web, the official Twitter account of the film has also teased about the trailer for The Death Cure dropping anytime soon. While no specific date was mentioned, with just a few months before the threequel rolls out in cinemas, we can expect that Fox will already start promoting the project and what better way to prolong the renewed interest in the property via the release of the promo pictures but a sneak peek clip.

It will be interesting to see if Death Cure‘s delay has any kind of substantial impact on its commercial reception. While the first installment of the series was a modest hit with $102.4 million domestically, The Scorch Trials fell off and earned only $81.6 million in the U.S. The property does have a built-in audience thanks to the popularity of the source material, but the moviegoing public may have moved on from the franchise by the time the finale reaches theaters.

Rumor: Justice League Reshoots Changing the Ending

As information about Justice League’s extensive reshoots continues to trickle out, a new rumor suggests Joss Whedon isn’t just lightening the tone of DC’s big team up movie – he’s also changing the film’s ending.

While Whedon took the reins of Justice League from director Zack Snyder when the latter suffered a family tragedy, the Avengers director was already working on script rewrites. As the DCEU attempts to move away from the grim and gritty aesthetic of Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and closer to the earnest, optimistic worldview of Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, bringing in Whedon to lighten Justice League’s tone made a tremendous amount of sense.

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But according to a new report, Whedon’s also making a significant change to the film’s story. /Film’s Peter Sciretta has shared the rumor that Whedon is changing the film’s ending. Originally conceived as the first film of a two part story, Justice League will no longer end on a cliffhanger, and will de-emphasize elements of the story that suggest Darkseid’s arrival on Earth is imminent. Sciretta also claims that a flashback scene was shot featuring Robin Wright’s Wonder Woman character, Antiope, that beefs up Steppenwolf’s credibility as the movie’s big bad, rather than just an opening act for Darkseid in a future film.

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If true, this all makes a lot of sense. While the notion of a two-film Justice League story was jettisoned before filming began, it’s unclear how much Chris Terrio’s original script was altered by the time Snyder stepped behind the camera. And featuring Darkseid – arguably the most powerful villain in the DC Universe – so early in the DCEU’s run always felt too soon. As the DCEU realigns itself around the creative vision of Geoff Johns – along with more likeminded collaborators like Whedon and Jenkins – it makes sense that Darkseid would be left off the table for the immediate future, as the films refocus on introducing us to the heroes of DC and their respective corners of the universe.

This also further muddies the already plenty muddy waters regarding whether or not Justice League is, at this point, a Zack Snyder or Joss Whedon film. While cast and crew previously downplayed Whedon’s contributions, Ben Affleck recently suggested the movie is truly a product of two directors. As this is likely Snyder’s final DCEU outing, it will be interesting to see how much of his influence and signature style remains in the final product.