The Justice League McGuffin - The Mother Boxes


During the Justice League set visit, Deborah Snyder revealed that there will be a prologue in the film that will attempt to get audiences acquainted with Mother Box technology, and Zack Snyder spoke a bit about Jack Kirby’s influence on some of the heavier sci-fi aspects of Justice League:

“You know, Kirby’s crazy in a great way, and there’s a lot of influence, you know, kind of the New Gods stuff, and we were digging on that — and that’s the Mother Boxes and that sort of Apokoliptian world and all that stuff. I mean, you can’t really do that stuff without some larger-than-life [influence]. But the kinda scope-y, sci-fi, what I think is fun stuff. I think inherently when you start to talk about… a bad guy that would justify the Justice League, not to make a thing, to “Double Justice,” but I think you have to have a good threat that’s fun and kinda crazy. And the Mother Boxes are always fun DC weird tech, you know?”

There are three Mother Boxes on Earth. One Mother Box is for the Amazonians, and it's burgundy and beautifully ornate and highly detailed. One is for the Atlanteans, and it's white and really organic looking, with scales and tubes and stuff. And one is for humanity, and it's bronze and has big rivets on it and looks like something the Ancient Greeks would make.

It was also revealed that the Parademons glimpsed in Batman’s Knightmare are back and play a major antagonistic role in the film, with Deborah Snyder teasing potentially more of Batman’s visions:

“Obviously with the Mother Boxes and then the hints from the other movie, you know, we are dealing with Apokoliptian technology and villains and we have kind of some more visions, we’re always tweaking things and everything.”

So yes, that deleted scene in which Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor communes with Steppenwolf appears to have been a major tease for the Justice League plot. So why was it cut out of the movie? It turns out Zack Snyder considered adding it as a post-credits tease but feared that would be too similar a move to Marvel Studios:

“You know, that scene I guess was our way of—I kind thought like, ‘Oh, that would be a cool after-credits sequence.’ But then I was like, ‘I don’t know, can I do that?’ Because Marvel kind of does that, so we were like, “Oh! Well, maybe there’s another way to do it, by just having it [online],’ does that make sense?”

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.  Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat.  But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Directed by Zack Snyder, this marks the big screen debut of the Justice League, featuring an all-star lineup: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher.

Source: Collider

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