WB Deleted Footage Whedon’s Justice League Footage from New Black Adam Trailer

The mystery behind Warner Bros.’ take on the events of Justice League remains a mystery. Warner Bros. technically maintains that the 2017’s theatrical version of the film is the one canon to the official DCEU timeline. On the other hand, Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which fixed Joss Whedon’s heavily redacted and revitalized theatrical version, remains a cul-de-sac, an event set in an alternate continuity. Unfortunately for the studio, the controversies surrounding the production of the theatrical version and the distinct storyline and approach of the Snyder Cut have refrained the studio from giving an official update. And all that this mystery has caused is confusion.

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Lately, Black Adam almost got caught in the tangles of DCEU’s complex timeline when a trailer of the upcoming film featured footage from Joss Whedon’s Justice League. However, before it could spark a lengthy fan debate and discussion, the studio removed that footage and reposted a “corrected” version of the trailer (via ScreenRant).

Dwayne Johnson, who plays the titular character in the film, posted the trailer with the caption “Corrected,” starting the one-month countdown to Black Adam’s theatrical release on October 22.

The scene in question here was of Steppenwolf striking his deadly axe-like weapon into the ground, which caused a massive explosion. The scene was notably changed from Snyder’s original version, which featured Darkseid instead of Steppenwolf, as corrected in the Snyder Cut.

The reason behind removing the footage featuring a scene from Whedon’s Justice League could be the controversies the film drew after the Snyder Cut found its way. Actors such as Ray Fisher, Gal Gadot, and Ben Affleck revealed the film’s troubled production after Whedon took over for the reshoots. There were reports of Whedon being hostile towards the crew and cast while filming, which led to an internal investigation against the director and DC Films executives, including Walter Hamada.

Even if that wasn’t the case, using that footage is no right choice, given that it was the lowest point for Warner Bros.’s attempts at building a solid cinematic universe around DC Comics characters. Justice League was not only a critical and commercial failure but also resulted in massive fan outrage and bad press for the studio, which eventually led to Zack Snyder’s Justice League more than three years later.

What’s Up with Justice League’s Place in DCEU Timeline?

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There is still a lot of confusion about which Justice League movie fits in the DC Extended Universe timeline. Though the new Black Adam trailer removed Justice League’s footage, it still comprises sequences from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zack Snyder’s follow-up to Man of Steel.

It indicates that Snyder’s original films are still canon to the DCEU, but it doesn’t answer whose Justice League is a better continuation of Snyder’s two films. Since the film’s release, no film has explicitly mentioned events from Justice League besides Aquaman (2018). Directors of subsequent films, such as Patty Jenkins, have spoken against Whedon’s cut and have admitted that they viewed Snyder’s vision as a base to create their stories. But, after almost five years of that film, DCEU has grown expansive and has focused on solo stories while only keeping the connections to the past films in mere references. We can’t say when DC Films will clear out that situation, but the studio will probably keep Joss Whedon’Whedon’se League out of any promotional or marketing material.

Black Adam features Dwayne Johnson as the titular supervillain, whose story will portray him as an anti-hero in the movie. The film will also feature the Justice Society of America, who would have to form an uncanny collaboration with Black Adam to take down a superior threat. Black Adam will release on October 22, 2022.