The DCEU as we know it is dead, and with James Gunn and Peter Safran gearing up to announce a new slate of DCU films and TV shows next month, the Snyderverse's time is officially up. That's really been the case for some time, of course, with Zack Snyder ousted from the franchise in 2017 after Warner Bros. turned to Joss Whedon to reshoot Justice League.
What if, however, instead of panicking over some bad reviews and slightly bigger-than-expected second weekend drops at the box office, the studio had stayed the course and allowed Snyder to finish his trilogy? With that, the story which began in 2013's Man of Steel could have received the ending it deserved.
While those films will never be made - we still hold out hope they could be adapted into a comic book or animated series - there is a full breakdown of what the divisive filmmaker had planned that you can read below.
Some of this might have changed had cameras actually started rolling, but there are brutal, Injustice-style deaths, huge twists, the Legion of Doom, Green Lantern Corps, and evil Superman to digest, and we think you'll be particularly blown away by the ending. Oh, and best of all, the "Knightmare" timeline is finally explained after Batman v Superman's most confusing scene.
Some will love this, others will hate it, but damn, we sure do wish it had happened...
10. Justice League 2 Begins
Following the events of Justice League, the team reassembles to deal with a natural disaster, but ultimately go their separate ways as they each have things to deal with in their personal lives.
Remember, an earlier version of the film was set to include romance between Bruce Wayne and Lois Lane, and while that wasn't part of the "Snyder Cut," it was once set to heavily influence the sequel. Lois may have gone back to Superman, but she and Bruce are working together secretly to find Lex Luthor. However, the Dark Knight knows she's hiding something.
Lex, meanwhile, is assembling a team. Tracking down Doctor Poison, Captain Cold, Orm, and Black Manta, the villain puts a group together with the aim of destroying the League.
Each of those baddies were, of course, set to be introduced in Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Aquaman respectively.
9. Batman Versus The Riddler
While all this is happening, Superman struggles to return to his normal life now Clark Kent is "dead," and learns Lois is pregnant. Wonder Woman discovers a way to return to Themyscira, and Cyborg helps the Flash clear his father's name.
Menalippe, the Amazon who warned Diana of Steppenwolf's attack helps her see a vision of her home, but Wonder Woman also sees herself becoming the God of War and killing Superman.
Aquaman is embroiled in Atlantean conflicts as that plays out, and struggles to "Unite the Seven" following a battle with the Unseen. Batman is also pretty busy, tracking The Riddler to an abandoned cabin. He learns that Lex approached the villain and tasked him with solving the Anti-Life Equation...which he did.
With that, he shoots himself in front of the Dark Knight.
8. The Anti-Life Equation
Lex manages to activate the Mother Boxes, and plans to take the Anti-Life Equation for himself.
Much to his surprise, it's then that Darkseid arrives, taking the power from Lex as he had hoped both thousands of years earlier and when he sent Steppenwolf to Earth in Justice League. Superman asks Batman to protect Lois ("his world") and heads off to battel the villain. Bruce and Lois argue, and she claims he's not the father when he admits knowing she's pregnant.
Lex tells Darkseid he has the power to kill Superman, but that's not what he wants. Instead, he wishes to make the Krytonian subservient to him, and to do that, he must be broken. Luthor points Darkseid in Lois' direction, and he arrives in the Batcave. Bruce, feeling powerless and overwhelmed is frozen as Darkeid uses the Omega beam to kill Lois.
Superman witnesses this, but is too slow, and falls under Darkseid, and the Anti-Life Equation's, control.
7. The Fall Of The League
Lex's team attacks. Doctor Poison unleashes a special gas on Themyscira which kills the Amazons, including Wonder Woman (who dies in her mother's arms after returning home). Aquaman, meanwhile, is overpowered by Orm and Black Manta, and Mera only barely manages to escape.
That explains their absence from the Knightmare timeline, and while Flash survives thanks to Cyborg's intervention, Victor Stone winds up being torn in half.
Batman barely escapes Superman, and when the Man of Steel comes face-to-face with Lex...he burns him where he stands.
Five years later, we're in the Knightmare timeline. What's left of the Justice League struggles to survive a world ruled over by Darkseid, and as they approach the dilapidated Wayne Manor, they need to hurry because "he's coming."
6. Justice League 3
That's how Justice League 2 concludes, but the third film opens with Green Lantern's introduction.
He arrives on this desolate Earth searching for his partner, and finds an unexpected ally in Batman (who helps shield him from the Parademons). Deadshot shows up to lend a helping hand, as does the Flash.
The Dark Knight warns Barry to stay out of the fight because he's too valuable, but the Scarlet Speedster doesn't listen and is almost killed. Green Lantern saves him, and their iconic friendship begins. They return to Wayne Manor, Batman explaining that he has a plan to stop Darkseid.
The space faring superhero is on board, but wonders how they plan on defeating the villain...
5. Making Things Right
Cyborg is building the Cosmic Treadmill, but there are a lot of complications that come with time-travel. For starters, they don't know where exactly Barry will end up, and it's something they can only try pulling off once a year (when the planets align).
Earth's population has fallen to Darkseid, becoming his new Parademons or Superman's soldiers. That's how Deadshot lost his daughter, and it's why the team need to steal a Mother Box. That powerful weapon can power the Cosmic Treadmill, but only four 10 - 15 seconds. What can the Flash possibly tell Batman in that time?
They all agree on "You have to stop Lex," but Bruce later pulls Barry to one side and whispers something else in his ear that will be more effective. The Scarlet Speedster is shocked.
With that, the mission to retake a Mother Box begins.
4. Superman Battles The League
They get it, but not without attracting Superman's attention. Deadshot attempts to slow him down with a Kryptonite bullet, but is killed by the Man of Steel.
Mera is crushed after trying to remove the water from his body, and Green Lantern proves to be no match for Superman after he uses his corrupted heat vision to blow apart the hero's ring...and him along with it! Cyborg is tossed to the Parademons and ripped apart, leaving only Batman and his Kryptonite spear left standing.
He fails to stop Superman, and is impaled by his one-time ally.
Just before he can reach the Flash, however, the Fastest Man Alive manages to race back in time!
3. The Flash's Message
The Flash arrives in the Batcave moments after Bruce's argument with Lois, telling him that she lied and he is, in fact, the baby's father.
Lois overhears, and is this time able to tell Batman what she wanted to last time they met before Darkseid's attack: Lex has assembled a team he plans to use to target the Justice League.
Again, Darkseid attacks, and history appears to be repeating itself. The Flash vanishes from existence, and the Caped Crusader leaps into action, saving Lois, but taking a shot from the Omega Beams. An empowered, angry Superman forces Darkseid to retreat, and races into action to stop Lex from killing his fellow heroes.
The Injustice League is defeated, but Bruce is dying, and tells Lois he wishes they could have had a life together outside the cave. He heads into battle for what may be his final mission.
2. The Fall Of Batman And Darkseid
Earth has united against Darkseid. The countries of the world come together and combine their forces to stop the villain (and Lex), with Wonder Woman leading Themyscira, and Aquaman bringing the Atlanteans back into the fight.
Even the entire Green Lantern Corps get in on the action, and the entire DC Universe (men, Amazons, Atlanteans, and even aliens) assembles to save the planet.
There are casualties - Hippolyta dies in Diana's arms - but the League is unstoppable; Flash is now so fast, he can be in two places at once, while Cyborg takes control of the Mother Boxes and destroys them to weaken Darkseid.
Ultimately, it's Batman who sacrifices his life to put an end to the villain once and for all.
1. 20 Years Later...
Following the battle, Wonder Woman becomes the new leader of Themyscira. She negotiates peace between every country of the world, ushering a new era for the planet.
Aquaman is crowned the rightful ruler of Atlantis, and Cyborg has evolved, becoming a God of the digital age and transforming himself to once again look human. Superman knows Bruce is the father of Lois' child, but still loves her, and wants to be a father to the boy. With that, he has a reason to be Clark again.
There are a couple of missing pieces (what happened to Lex and the Flash?), but twenty years later, a memorial service for Batman sees Commissioner Barbara Gordon ask Lois when she plans to tell her child the truth about his father. Surrounded by the League, Lois reveals to her son that his dad was Batman.
The movie ends in Gotham City with the emergence of a familiar figure. Bruce and Lois' son has decided to take over the mantle to protect his father's home and legacy: Batman lives again!