HBO shared a brief clip of previously unseen footage, cut from Justice League, that will be restored in a new edit of the 2017 film from director Zack Snyder.
The so-called Snyder Cut was loudly advocated for by an organized group of fans dissatisfied with the version of Justice League that made it to theaters. Snyder stepped back from the film midway through production, and the shooting and editing was completed by Avengers director Joss Whedon.
In late May, HBO and Warner Bros. announced that the companies were rehiring Snyder so that he could go back to the original footage shot for Justice League and complete a version of the movie that was completely his own.
This brief clip, which Snyder teased a few weeks ago, appears to show Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman exploring a tomb with a lit torch, coming upon a relief image of a dark, bearded warrior with a spear and a multifaceted cubelike object.
“The bell’s already been rung, and they’ve heard it out in the dark, among the stars,” Jesse Eisenberg’s voice-over as Lex Luthor is heard over the footage. “Ding dong, the god is dead.”
The relief is a clear ringer for Darkseid, one of the DC Universe’s most powerful villains. His existence was hinted at in the theatrical release of Justice League, but he never actually appeared. That will change, clearly, in Snyder’s new version of the film.
“Get ready for more at DC FanDome,” Snyder tweeted, referring to the day of DC Comics, TV, and film programming and announcements, announced by DC Entertainment on Tuesday. DC FanDome will occur on Aug. 22.