If you watched Justice League and decided to trawl messageboards after checking out the film, you may have have come across a certain fan theory.
The 2017 movie, which brought together Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and more characters from the DC Comics universe, received a mixed reception upon its release. However, much of the conversation which followed concerned a certain deleted scene.
You can watch the scene here – it features Henry Cavill’s superhero being presented with a black Superman suit and opting to walk past it.
Have a watch, and see if your mind returns to the same place before we give you the lowdown.
If you’ve recently seen Man of Steel, or if you have a photographic memory of the film, you may remember a certain line directed at Clark Kent by his father:
“All these changes you’re going through, one day—one day, you’re goin’a think of them as a blessing, and when that day comes, you’re goin’a have to make a choice: a choice of whether to stand proud in front of the human race or not.”
The idea of the choice was something picked up by fan Nick Albright, who took the opportunity to put his theory – that the deleted Justice League scene was a callback to that Man of Steel moment – to Snyder himself.
He probably didn’t expect a reply at all after posting the question on social network Vero. He certainly can’t have expected Snyder to come back and essentially confirm the theory.
“I think of course it’s that (what you said) and that now in one sense he has been born twice, once on Krypton once on Earth, and it is this reality that he now is starkly aware of as he moves through the ship,” Snyder wrote in his reply.
It’s always enlightening to see a director take time out to confirm something which fans of their films had spotted, especially given the sheer volume of theories which tend to do the rounds after any and every release.
After all, let’s not forget Snyder served as an executive producer on Suicide Squad, a film which itself was subject to a major fan theory eventually debunked by director David Ayer.