Ryan Choi Character Cut From Original Justice League
It would be an understatement to say that the production of Justice League was troubled. It would also be an understatement to call its eventual reception lukewarm. After a family tragedy, Zack Snyder had to step down from directing the film. He handed the reins over to Joss Whedon, who was already tackling rewrite duties. Ever since Justice League was released, Snyder has been revealing tidbits from what would have been his cut, if he is telling the truth. One statement about which Robin died already seems to conflict with the official DCEU timeline and WB’s official statements.
This past week, he unleashed another tantalizing tidbit. Someone asked Snyder on his Vero account about an Asian man standing next to Dr. Stone (Joe Morton). Snyder revealed it was Ryan Choi. To comic fans, Choi was the second Atom, succeeding Ray Palmer in the role. Palmer is of course played by former Superman actor Brandon Routh on the various CW shows.
The Fate of Ryan Choi, Justice League, and Beyond
It appears that Ryan Choi would have had a more substantial role in the semi-mythical “Snyder Cut” of Justice League. Snyder was likely planting seeds that would have bloomed during the Cyborg movie, which now seems to be in production hell. Snyder probably had major plans, but the rewrites and editing otherwise doomed the fate of his grand vision.
However, one could potentially argue he is trolling his more exuberant fans who hang on his every word. It’s obvious that his parting with DC/WB, even under the circumstances, was bitter. His posts seem to undermine the upcoming slate of DC films more than it helps. These fans then viciously attack DC and WB on social media for messing with Snyder’s original vision.
Whether or not this is true, it is a tantalizing tidbit into what may have been.
The next DC film, Aquaman, debuts on December 21st.