The last trailer for Zack Snyder's Justice League revealed a shot where Martha Kent's eyes shone red. Here's what it implies as well as why it's an advantage.
Here's why Martha Kent's eyes reddened in one of the most current as well as last trailer for Zack Snyder's Justice League prior to its release this Friday. The “Snyder Cut,” as it has been named, has seen quite a few twists as well as turns, with the theatrical cut that was released in 2017 being vastly different from Snyder's original vision after Snyder stepped away after a family tragedy and Joss Whedon stepped in. Among the numerous changes made to the movie was a number of characters being cut. It's already known certain characters, like Iris West, will be appearing in the extended movie. But the most current trailer teased another character is on the way.
The Snyder Cut had been long rumored to be sitting on a shelf somewhere. As it turns out, that was a complete myth – there was plenty of footage that Snyder had previously shot, but nothing at all fully assembled or finished. But a few months, some scene pickups, and anywhere from $70-100 million later and Snyder is finally telling the story he wants to tell with all the characters he wanted to include in the first place. One of those characters is hinted at in a trailer shot of Martha Kent (Diane Lane), whose eyes appear to be glowing red.
At first glance, her eyes appear similar to the way the eyes of her adopted son, Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), glow red right before he's about to use his laser eyes power as Superman. However, in Snyder's initial plans for Justice League, Martian Manhunter was set to get an entire story arc. Justice League would have revealed that the character of General Calvin Swanwick (Harry Lennix), who appeared in both Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, had been the shapeshifting J'onn J'onzz, a.k.a. Martian Manhunter all along. More importantly, Snyder himself released a then-unused storyboard that saw Martha Kent visiting Lois Lane and, upon leaving Lois's house, her eyes turn red as she shapeshifts back into Martian Manhunter and then back into General Swanwick. The most recent trailer indicates Snyder has actually reworked that original storyline back into his 4-hour Justice League cut.
It's not certain whether Zack Snyder adapted that scene from his storyboards exactly as-is into the movie. Still, it's a fascinating moment as it sets up a number of possibilities for the world. With General Swanwick's Martian Manhunter now set to appear, it shows that J'onn J'onzz has actually been masquerading as a human for quite some time in the guise of the general, and just how long is entirely up in the air. He may even have been influencing certain events long before Man of Steel. It's also unclear just what Martian Manhunter's connection to Martha Kent is, and if his appearance at Lois Lane's house is the first time he's shapeshifted into Martha Kent or if he's done it before, introducing a number of questions.
Unfortunately, Warner Bros. has indicated for now that they have no plans to return to Zack Snyder's original vision after the Snyder Cut version of Justice League, and they're moving the DCEU in a various direction. At four hours long, Zack Snyder's Justice League better answer most questions. However, Snyder has already confirmed that the movie ends on a cliffhanger as his initial story arc was to unfold over the course of five movies, so there will certainly likely be a couple of unanswered questions. Even so, seeing Martian Manhunter on the big screen for the initial time will arguably be worth the wait – also if it took almost 4 additional years for it to occur.