Zack Snyder’s Latest Justice League Tease Is A Clever Holy Grail Reference
Over two years after coming out, Justice League is still a popular talking point among DC comics fans and superhero movie enthusiasts in general. Not so much the version of the movie that came out, but what could have been. The campaign for Warner Bros to release the Snyder Cut continues, and Snyder himself has been helping it along with his numerous social media posts. His latest one references the legendary search for the Holy Grail from Arthurian mythology.
This painting that Zack Snyder posted on Vero depicts a scene from Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur, and it was painted in 1894 by Arthur Hacker. It depicts Sir Percival, a member of King Arthur’s court who is sent to search for the Holy Grail, being tempted by a beautiful woman to abandon his journey on behalf of the devil, who can be seen in the background. As for the 214, that refers to the runtime of the Snyder Cut, which Snyder revealed earlier this month.
It’s not hard to put two and two together here, with the Holy Grail serving as a metaphor for the Snyder Cut and for fans to keep up their efforts to get it released. (Does that make Warner Bros or people who deny that the Snyder Cut exists the devil in this scenario?) It’s yet another way Snyder has shown support for those who would like to see what his original vision of Justice League would have looked like, as the final product both critically and commercially underperformed.
The majority, if not all of you reading this article are already aware of the whole Snyder Cut debacle, so there’s no need to delve into the specifics. Suffice it to say that the Justice League rewrites and the Joss Whedon-overseen reshoots drastically changed what Zack Snyder originally had in mind for the live action theatrical team-up of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg.