It was long suspected. Now it has been confirmed. Harry Lennix will officially appear as Martian Manhunter in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. What started as an internet memo and then became an online campaign has now grown into one of the most epic TV miniseries ever created. The Snyder Cut will hit HBO Max later this year as a four-part TV show that features nearly 80% never-before-seen footage not included in Joss Whedon’s theatrical release. And that also applies to scenes with Martian Manhunter.
In a new interview with Collider, Harry Lennix Self-confirmed the news that his character in the DCEU has been in disguise the entire time and was always secretly DC Comics favorite J’onn J’onn. This news shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. It has long been suspected and rumored that Harry Lennix would turn into Martian Manhunter, with Zack Snyder dropping a lot of hints in recent years along with a series of storyboards that pretty much gave it away.
A Snyder Cut poster contest also assured the winner that they would be treated to a reshoot set visit with the presence of J’onn J’onn alias The Martian Manhunter, although little has been said about the winner’s time on set. It looks like Harry Lennix has returned for the re-shoots. And it sounds like DC fans will one day see his green transformation during the four-hour HBO Max Marathon, the limited DC series.
According to this new report, Harry Lennix managed to re-film all the necessary scenes that brought Martina Manhunter into the fold. The alien was completely absent from Joss Whedon’s video. In the new interview, Lennix claims that he had no idea that he was playing Martina Manhunter, and that he was unaware of his character’s secret identity as J’onn J’onn when he filmed his scenes as General Swanwick in Man of Steel.
Harry Lennix believed that Man of Steel was his first and last film in what was then called the DCEU. When he returned for his extended cameo in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zack Snyder, the actor continued to have no idea of his character’s true identity. Not until he signed up Justice League that he heard he played the iconic Martian Manhunter. He says this to Collider.
“I’ve never seen the script. I didn’t get a chance to read the script because … they were still under development, and they’re all keeping it under lock and key.”
Harry Lennix was shooting The black list simultaneously with Justice League, and hadn’t finished his Martian Manhunter scenes before Joss Whedon took over the entire operation, with the new team dropping the J’onn J’onn series in the DC Comics adventure.
Martian Manhunter is a telepathic shape-shifting alien created in the 1950s by writer Joseph Samachson and artist Joe Certa. The character was previously brought to life in Smallville, played by Phil Morris, and later by David Harewood in The CW’s ArrowVerse, which was first introduced on Super girl. This is the first time that Martian Manhunter has appeared in a big screen movie. Although it is technically now being cut into a TV show. About becoming Martin Manhunter in Zack Snyder’s completed vision for Justice League, Harry Lennix said this.
“It’s going to be great to be up there with Batman and Superman and my friends. Yes, I’m like a kid in a candy store again.”
Zack Snyder has not yet revealed an official image of Harry Lennix completely transformed as Martian Manhunter. You can watch the actor’s full interview on Collider.
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