When DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn announced the new DCU slate with ten projects on January 31, 2023, fans were convinced that Zack Snyder’s time with the DC universe had finally come to an end. After directing “Man of Steel,” “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and “Zack Snyder’s Justice League,” it looked like no matter how much Snyderverse fans tried to bring back their favorite director in the superhero franchise, his era was over.
The departure of Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck, as well as the rumored exits of Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, and Jason Momoa from their respective DC roles, hammered home the point that Snyder’s reign was over. However, is it really over? Recently, Snyder posted a video on Twitter that mentioned the character of Darkseid and the dates April 28–30. This one tweet reinvigorated fans of the director’s DC movies and made them wonder if “Justice League 2” was in the works.
Zack Snyder Tweets Cryptic DC Video
When “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” was released on HBO Max, it was supposed to act as a closure for fans of the Snyderverse. Instead, it did the opposite. It reinvigorated Snyder’s fanbase, and they began earnestly campaigning for “Justice League” sequels as well as other projects like “Man of Steel 2” and “Green Lantern.” Even James Gunn and Peter Safran’s appointment as the CEOs of DC Studios and the subsequent release of the 10-project-strong first chapter of the DCU did nothing to deter the ambitions of Snyderverse fans.
Instead, they began petitioning Netflix to continue the Snyderverse. The idea was that since Gunn already planned on making projects under the Elseworlds label and was also planning on selling their DC shows to other streamers, it made sense that the Snyderverse could continue as an alternate version of DC canon. However, many industry insiders clarified that it isn’t as simple since projects in the Snyderverse involve three of the biggest DC characters: Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. Also, it involves the premier DC team, the Justice League, with other A-list characters like Flash, Aquaman, and more.
As a result, continuing the Snyderverse on a competitor’s streaming service would have been a loss for WB. Also, it would be detrimental to their plans to build a cohesive, streamlined universe if they continued the previous one anyway, not to mention the fact that Netflix hasn’t shown any interest in buying the Snyderverse. However, recently, Zack Snyder posted a video that said, “Transmission incoming.” The words “Lord Darkseid,” referring to the DC villain, were also written with the dates of April 28 to 30. This made the fanbase believe that there was a chance that their dreams of Snyder returning to DC were finally coming true.
What Does The Video Mean?
The teaser clip shared by Zack Snyder on Twitter could very well mean that there’s a collaboration happening with WB and DC Studios. After all, the mention of “Lord Darkseid” in the video has riled up the fanbase and made many predict that their dreams of watching “Justice League 2” are coming true. However, the reality is probably different. It’s possible that the clip was a hint for Snydercon. On March 22–24, 2019, Zack Snyder held a convention at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
During the two days, attendees got to watch the director’s cuts of “Batman v Superman” (2016), “Dawn of the Dead” (2004), and “Watchmen” (2009) with Snyder himself. Also, there were panels, Q&A sessions, signings, and more. There were attempts to get another such convention in the subsequent years, but due to the pandemic and Snyder’s work commitments, it wasn’t possible. However, it might finally happen this year. As for the reference to Darkseid, it just might be a screening of “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” that the fans will get to watch with the titular director himself.
Noted scooper Grace Randolph backed up the rumors and claimed that the announcement was for Snydercon. She also said that the convention would signal his departure from the DC universe. The insider also noted that WB could be involved with the convention to facilitate him moving on to the next phase of his career. If this is indeed true, then it’s good news for everyone involved. After all, Zack Snyder’s collaboration with Netflix is going well, and he has already made projects like “Army of the Dead” for the streaming service. There’s also the upcoming highly hyped film, “Rebel Moon,” which he is directing for Netflix.
As for the Snyderverse, there’s not much hope that fans will be able to see any live-action continuation of that universe. However, maybe the universe will find its eventual conclusion through books, comics, or even animation. However, even if that happens, it won’t be in the near future. But then again, it’s possible that Snyder and WB will surprise us with some DC news from April 28 to 30.