'Zack Snyder's Justice League' Ending Explained: Darkseid returns in possible sequel that's unlikely to be made
What the lengthy epilogue does is raise hopes for a sequel and even with Snyder explaining what to expect in his vision of the sequel, the chances of it seeing the light of day are quite slim
So massive was the epilogue of 'Zack Snyder's Justice League' that talks of a potential sequel have started making the rounds. The chances of that happening are quite slim as Snyder himself has hinted he may or may not make a sequel. While he was able to restore the complete version of the Justice League, he also filmed an epilogue that takes place in the future where Darkseid has come to earth and twisted Superman (Henry Cavill) with the anti-life equation.
The scene reveals that Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Diana Prince/Wonder Woman are dead. We see them killed in the Cyborg (Ray Fisher) vision as well during the film. Mera (Amber Heard) now uses Curry's trident and is still angry over his death. Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck) has formed a team of survivors that includes the Joker (Jared Leto), Deathstroke (Joe Manganiello), Barry Allen/ The Flash (Ezra Miller), and Cyborg.
The scene shifts to an intense conversation between the Joker and Batman where the former confirms the hellish reality exists because the Bat gets Robin and Lois Lane killed. Her death pushes Superman over the edge and he bends to Darkseid's will. The scene ends with the Man of Steel finding the group and they get ready to face-off. Bruce Wayne then wakes up from his nightmare and then meets the Martian Manhunter (Harry Lennix) who wishes to join the Justice League.
What the lengthy snippet does is raise hopes for a sequel. However, that might be some time off and is unlikely to be made. Snyder had hinted at what to expect when he explained his vision of the sequel to the New York Times: "It's the fall of Earth when Superman succumbs to Anti-Life. And then sending Flashback in time to change one element so that doesn't happen. And then the big battle where we beat him. When Darkseid comes to Earth, in the movie that you'll never see, the armies of Earth all unite again, as they did before."
"This time there would be aircraft carriers and Special Forces guys, all the armies of the world would come together, as well as Atlanteans, rising out of the ocean and the Themyscirans coming off their island. That was our big finale. But it's a long drum roll and a guitar solo to get there."
Producer Deborah Snyder also has said it is too soon for a sequel. "I mean, I think for right now, it's been such a journey and a lot of work to get here. Even when they said yes, actually pulling it off and getting it made, and doing it during the pandemic which is all remote and having so many visual effects shots," she said.
"We've had our heads down, just getting it to the point of where we are now. I think what we're thinking about now is just enjoying this moment end everyone's hard work to get something impossible actually be possible here. Listen, I will always have a passion for these characters. But I think right now my head's just trying to wrap itself around the fact that we actually are here today," she added.
Whether a sequel happens or not, the epilogue surely calls for another Snyder movie to be made.
'Zack Snyder's Justice League' is available for streaming on HBO Max.