To begin, it is true this is a low risk investment. The Justice League, with all of its members, will sell no matter what. They could battle the care bears in Act 3 and still everyone's net worth doubles.
Snyder turned the film into a nightmarish horror-like series of events that consume 90% of the film. With 5% dedicated to recruiting the members, and 3% allocated to the death of the Wolfman, Snyder presses the fu*k off button and gives the final 2% to Dark Seid. He just doesn't show up and flash his red eyes, he terminates two league members before the "to be continued" title card hits.
After watching his raw 3 hour film, Warners knew it had to flick the switch and bury Snyder's terrorizing take of content sourced from material made for kids.
Snyder's long run face many roadblocks and interference from outside parties with vested interest. How did he keep his train going? Snyder's secret weapon: his brilliant ability to cast the best actors. After Memoa was secured, Snyder knew he could let the Wolf run loose.
With such a monumental film, Snyder knew the villain must be special. With his arrival we get 2 hours of glorious evil events symbolizing how material a villain we have. These events would terrify audiences, as Wolf orders the wipe-out of all key locations in order to obtain the 4 boxes. The parademons are scary, and they seed our females in order to build a good base. Only a few petty attempts by country leaders[ including new weapons we never knew existed] occur, leaving the genocide and unstoppable force without fracture.
Then the team returns ( after a sloppy first attempt) and they BRING IT. Wolf's demon remote is captured, leaving him alone against 5. He activated Superman black, who he resurrected and convinced that Batman let Lois die. Superman freezes Flash, leaving 4. Quickly the league awaken Superman, and he takes on Steppenwolf 1 on 1. A worthy fight includes intelligent deception by Wolf, who uses kryptonite to sideline Superman.
Next, Green Lantern shows up and all of his absurd abilties join in with the 4 as they bring Wolf to his knee at one pint, showing his age. Superman is freed from the kryptonite force and now the team is just too stacked to fail. They quickly take Wolf's electro Axe and decapitate him for the kill.
Ahh, happiness! We won! The league read the new dialogue meant to lighten the film, jokes abound. Earth ( half of which is raging fires and volcanos, with millions dead, possibly billions) is saved. The team laugh as they take the Flying Fox's escalator up, Flash has been thaed out and he has a load of jokes. It is happy go fun time.
Suddenly, [ like most films, to hide how bad it is they film all big scenes at night, Avengers 1 ipressed with a day battle, rare) raging lighting rocks the Fox. The sky opens up, and Steppenwolf's final battle move plays out. The team run back down to see what's up.
A portal gaps open and down comes the giant, nasty looking DarkSeid. The team stands stunned.
"You killed my brother, I see. Say your goodbyes now," he says, unleashing his red eyes as omega beams are unleashed.
Instantly, Aqua Man loses his left arm, Cyborg is split in half, left lifeless.
Green Lantern flies toward Darkseid after freeing himself from Superman who advised him to stay.
Dark Seid racks out a double load of omega beams and Green Lantern is burnt to a crisp, dead.
Flash, Bat, Super and WW look at each other as DarkSeid's next wave blows up the Fox.
The camera slowly rolls out to a longshot as we see Aqua man struggling on the ground, bleeding, a small green pile of Lantern's ashes, and the 4 as they seem so small compared to DarkSeid, who tells them he wants to have some fun, and runs after them.
Long shot continues showing Chernobyl, Russiua, Eastern Hemisphere (whats left of it) , Western hemisphere, earth, looking like Saturn moon io.
Title Card, to be continued.
End of Film.
Well, this was just too terrifying for Warners, who knew they needed to bring in Whedon and have him shoot a new movie.
It's too bad, I would have liked to see a villain with experience, great dialogue, and a system of conquering that is unstoppable.
Sadly, most of the dark , sure to give you nightmare scenes will ber deleted, and we may never see them. Unless we get a Donner cut like release in 20 years.