We have been reporting for months and months about Zack Snyder’s unreleased cut of Justice League. There seemed to be something to it, between the stills, sketches, and indications of Darkseid posted to the director’s Vero page. Nothing concrete ever went public, despite the behind the scenes conceptualization of the DC Extended Universe. However, at a screening in Pasadena of Batman v Superman’s Ultimate Edition, Zack Snyder stated to a fan — who goes by “CarlosdaPro” — “the movie is done, it exists.” That’s pretty clear and succinct.

Snyder’s confirmation comes after his son Eli implied there was more recently, in a confidential DM.

Snyder confirmed the existence of the Snyder Cut of Justice to a fan named Carlos, who posted evidence of his one-on-one with Snyder on Twitter, revealing, while it exists, Warner is the one holding it up and a release is probably not in the works.

In a follow-up tweet, Carlos admits the information has him riled up and calls for fans to “pressure” the studio to release the Snyder Cut.

On the receiving end of skeptical reactions, he addressed them in a post reiterating and standing by what he was told.

Carlos claimed there was video authenticating his exchange with Snyder and, a short time later, presented it.

Snyder’s candid confessions didn’t end there. At the event’s Q&A, he noted his cut is not based on the original script which had to be rewritten in lieu of negative reactions to BvS.

“The original Justice League that Chris [Terrio] and I wrote, we didn’t even shoot. The actual idea, the hard, hard idea, the scary idea, we never filmed because the studio was like ‘That’s crazy.’ When this movie came out, understand that Chris Terrio and I had finished the script to Justice League before Batman v Superman came out. Some people didn’t like the movie. A vocal minority. So they said ‘There’s a lot of stuff we don’t want you to do,’ so we did a rewrite from that script.”

A copious chunk of his more ambitious and daring ideas didn’t make it into the new draft or wasn’t elaborated on. Such was the case with Batman’s “Knightmare” scene from BvS, where foreshadowing was never explained or fulfilled. Snyder addressed it.

“It’s a long story. The truth is that, the Knightmare sequence in this movie was always my idea that all of that would eventually be explained.”

The dream was an augur that some time in a “distant future, where Darkseid has taken over Earth…[and] a few members of the Justice League that had survived in that world…were fighting.”

What made Superman go bad? Darkseid gained a hold over Supe’s mind through the Anti-Life Equation. How the Equation is used to do that as opposed to conventional brainwashing was never cleared up beyond involving Lois’s death.

Yes, Zack Snyder and his desire to kill everybody weren’t giving a pass to Lois Lane. Her death would’ve helped push Clark over the edge and make him an easy pawn for the Lord of Apokolips. He discussed this while talking about an axed post-credit sequence with Bruce and Wonder Woman.

“The Justice League teaser that wasn’t in the movie, apparently, I guess, where Wonder Woman says, it’s this line where Bruce says ‘I was right here when Barry Allen came to me and he said Lois Lane is the key,’ and she says ‘She is, to Superman. Every heart has one.’ And he goes, ‘I think it’s something more, something darker.'”

Long story short, Darkseid would show up in the Batcave, find Lois there, and Omega-Beam her to death — something Clark would blame Bruce for (somehow).

And the whole time-travel angle involving Flash would take off from there. Barry and a functioning piece of Cyborg (who was rumored to get completely dismembered before Joss Whedon’s reshoots) use the cosmic treadmill to find the right moment in the past to contact Batman and hopefully prevent Lois’s demise.

Much of this is, again, ambitious and very convoluted. Obviously, none of it made it into the finished product or even wound up filmed by Snyder. Any “Snyder Cut” could only scratch the surface and set up for these twists in the future.

What’s interesting to note, and ponder, is what made WB balk and get cold feet over Snyder’s vision. Based on Kevin Smith’s revelations of an apocalyptic, cosmic battle and the explanation of the Knightmare, they were playing a long game even then, desirous of franchises and standalone movies. Snyder’s scorched-earth policy makes them kind of impossible.

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