Storyboard artist Jay Oliva confirms that the mutants from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns can be seen near the end of Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
Storyboard artist Jay Oliva has confirmed a The Dark Knight Returns Easter egg in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Snyder’s cut from his 2017 movie released on HBO Max in March. Fulfill the director’s true vision for the film and its characters. The new version of League of Justice features broader stories for all of its heroes, especially Cyborg and The Flash. It also paves the way for Justice league 2 Y Justice league 3, although it is unlikely that they will be done from now on. In addition, the League of Justice Snyder Cut includes several Easter eggs, some from Frank Miller The Dark Knight Returns mini series.
Miller’s work is beloved for its inventive take on Batman and has influenced many adaptations of the character’s story. This is especially evident in Snyder Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, although the League of Justice Snyder Cut also includes some references. In particular, Arkham Asylum has been renamed Arkham Home for the emotionally challenged, as The Dark Knight Returns. The end of Zack Snyder’s Justice League it also shows Batman standing atop a tank-like Batmobile, similar to the one seen in Miller’s miniseries.
After the launch of the League of Justice Snyder Cut, many believed to have seen the mutants, a gang of The Dark Knight Returns, visible in front of the Batmobile in that scene. During the panel “Spotlight on Jay Oliva” in Justice With, the storyboard artist confirmed this and explained: “Zack has always loved Frank Miller Return of the dark knightso I thought it was a fun Easter egg for him to put that in there.“Take a look at the gang of mutants in the League of Justice Snyder cut via Twitter user theSNYDERVERSE below:
Although many assumed it was due to the fact that the mutants were bound in that part of the movie, it’s good to have confirmation from Oliva. The Easter Egg shows Snyder’s continued respect for Miller’s work and The Dark Knight Returns In particular. Considering the influence the miniseries had on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it makes sense that the director included a couple of references in his version of League of Justice also.
With this confirmation from Oliva, Zack Snyder’s Justice League marks the first time mutants appear in a live action movie. Though brief and difficult to spot, its appearance rewards viewers with eagle eyes, making it the perfect Easter egg. It’s clear that it was important to Snyder to include little moments like this that honor one of the most iconic comic book stories of all time.
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