It has long been suspected. Now it has been confirmed. Harry Lennix will officially appear as Martian Manhunter in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. What started out as an internet meme and then turned into an online campaign has now grown into one of the most epic TV miniseries ever created. The Snyder Cut will be released to HBO Max later this year as a four-part television show that contains nearly 80% never-before-seen footage that was not included in Joss Whedon’s theatrical release. And that includes scenes with Martian Manhunter.
In a new interview with Collider, Harry Lennix the news itself confirmed that his character was actually disguised in the DCEU the whole time and was always secretly DC Comics favorite J’onn J’onzz. This news shouldn’t come as a surprise. It has long been suggested and rumored that Harry Lennix would transform into Martian Manhunter, with Zack Snyder dropping a lot of clues over the past couple of 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 invited to a reshoot set visit that included the presence of J’onn J’onzz aka The Martian Manhunter, though little was said about the winner’s time on set. It appears that Harry Lennix has returned for the re-admissions. And it sounds like DC fans will see his green transformation sometime during the four-hour HBO Max Marathon, the limited DC series.
According to this new report, Harry Lennix managed to re-shoot all the scenes needed that bring Martina Manhunter to her knees. The alien was completely absent from Joss Whedon’s editing. In the new interview, Lennix claims he had no idea he was playing Martina Manhunter and was not made aware of his character’s secret identity as J’onn J’onzz while filming 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 the DCEU. When he returned for his extended cameo in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zack Snyder continued to keep the actor clueless about his character’s true identity. It wasn’t until he signed up for the Justice League that he learned that he was playing the legendary Martian Manhunter. He says that to Collider.
“I never saw the script. I didn’t get a chance to read the script because … they were still developing and keeping it all under wraps.”
Harry Lennix blacklisted the Justice League at the same time as the Justice League and hadn’t finished his Martian Manhunter scenes before Joss Whedon took over the entire operation. The new team dropped the J’onn J’onzz sequence in the DC Comics adventure.
Martian Manhunter is a telepathic shapeshifter 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 featured on Supergirl. This is the first time Martian Manhunter has appeared in a motion picture. Although technically now it’s being cut into a TV show. Harry Lennix said he was Martin Manhunter in Zack Snyder’s completed vision for the Justice League.
“It’ll be great to be up there with Batman and Superman and my friends. Yeah, I’m like a kid in a candy store again.”
Zack Snyder has yet to reveal an official picture of Harry Lennix, completely transformed into Martian Manhunter. You can find the full interview of the actor on Collider.
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