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Director Zack Snyder reveals plot for potential Justice League sequel

Published: 11/Nov/2020 18:38

by Emma Soteriou

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Zack Snyder has revealed his plans for Justice League 2 and shared a drawing of his take on Martian Manhunter.

After Joss Whedon’s Justice League in 2017 saw a negative response from fans, people campaigned to see the ‘Snyder Cut’ – Zack Snyder’s darker and extended version of the movie.

Three years on and the original version is on its way – set to be available for fans to stream on HBO Max in 2021. Yet, Snyder is already thinking ahead, with hopes for a sequel.

Zack snyder's Darkseid
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Zack Snyder’s Darkseid

Will there be a Justice League 2?

Nothing is confirmed about a sequel yet, as it is likely to depend on the success of the re-cut Justice League.

That being said, Snyder has definitely thought about what could be in store for the characters, recently revealing his ideas for a second movie.

During a League of Mayhem stream by The Nerd Queens, Snyder said: “…What do I say to the world about, you know, what happens when Darkseid comes to Earth? Then what, you know, is that a thing?

“…Do I know what happens with Darkseid? Yes. I do know what happens. To say and to speculate about what that is, that would be exciting. I think that’s a fine thing.”

He also mentioned that he had discussed it with Ray Porter, who plays Darkseid, suggesting he could return to the role later down the line.

Darkseid was the original villain in Justice League before Joss Whedon took over. However, he will finally be making his debut in the Snyder Cut, with Steppenwolf still appearing, just redesigned to how he was originally intended to look.

When going through images of Darkseid, Snyder also revealed a drawing of Martian Manhunter as a ‘tease’.

Zack Snyder sneak peek at Martian Manhunter
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Zack Snyder’s sneak peek at Martian Manhunter

A lot rides on the success of the Snyder Cut when it premieres, not only for Snyder’s sequel but also for David Myers to have the chance to share his original take on 2016’s Suicide Squad. It’s already been rumored that one could be on the way.

Until then, Snyder has promised fans will see ‘something’ before November 17 – which will mark one year since the #ReleasetheSnyderCut movement – building even more anticipation.

The Snyder Cut will be available on HBO Max in 2021.

Anime

Attack on Titan fans furious over anime’s “excessive” censorship

Published: 25/Nov/2020 1:42 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 7:32

by Brent Koepp

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Despite releasing in 2013, some Attack on Titan fans are only now discovering the anime’s censored violence in comparison to the manga. A YouTube video went viral after showcasing the stark differences. 

Attack on Titan made its groundbreaking anime debut in 2013, and quickly exploded in popularity. Viewers around the world became captivated by its intense themes and relentlessly brutal story.

A YouTube video about the series went viral on November 15 after showing the difference between the manga and the anime adaptation’s depiction of violence – and some fans were not happy about it.

Promotional image of Attack on Titan Season 1 featuring Eren Jaegar.
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The 2013 hit anime has become a worldwide phenomena.

Attack on Titan fans discover manga is darker

For decades, it has been the norm that the manga version of a story is almost always more fleshed out story-wise, and often more graphic compared to its animated counterpart. Just like traditional shows, anime aired live has to dial back elements not suited for TV.

Despite this common wisdom, some Attack on Titan fans were not aware of just how much more brutally violent the written version actually was. YouTuber ‘Zmyh’ went viral after uploading a video that showcases just that.

The upload compares iconic scenes from the anime and manga, and puts them side-by-side to demonstrate the visual differences between them. The video quickly exploded online, and has over 1.6 million viewers at the time of writing.

For some fans of the series, this was their first time seeing the changes the anime made. One viewer wrote, “Interesting how there is censorship for Attack on Titan. Like seriously?” Another user said, “And here I thought that AOT was brutal…looks like I should read the manga.” Another YouTube comment exclaimed, “WHAT MAN THEY BETTER MAKE IT UNCENSORED FOR THE FINAL SEASON.”

Screenshot of Attack on Titan fans reacting to the YouTube video.

Many hit out at the alterations made in the animated series, arguing that it takes way from the story’s original impact. “They need to stop censorship, it completely ruins the more powerful impact it can have,” one commentator replied to the video. Another fan stated, “And that’s why you absolutely need to read the manga version of the Uprising arc, because it is literally just better in every way.”

Screenshot of YouTube comments reacting to Attack on Titan anime censorship.

Not everyone was critical of the changes though. A handful of fans pointed out that Wit Studio did the best job they could given that the animated version also airs on TV. Some even argued that the changes were for the better.

The viral video is just another example of the divide that can sometimes exist between a manga and its anime adaptation. There will always be those that prefer the former to the latter. However, it is interesting to see the difference nonetheless.