Avoiding Covid-19, Zack Snyder filmed Martian Manhunter’s footage in Justice League via Zoom

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2021-03-31 00:38:17

Justice League Snyder Cut is made at a quite special time, when the whole world, especially the movie field, is still heavily affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. This forced director Zack Snyder to change his strategy, apply remote filming methods, direct through video call applications to complete his project.

One of the scenes using this particular approach is a special Martian Manhunter cameo: After Martha Kent (Diane Lane) leaves Lois Lane’s apartment (Amy Adams), “she” immediately changes her picture. form, the eyes become red, the skin gradually turns green and reveals the true appearance of Calvin Swanwick (Harry Lennix), or the superhero from the alien Martian Manhunter. Before that, Snyder had to direct from a distance so that Ezra Miller, the actor playing Flash, could complete the new Justice League scenes right on the Fantastic Beasts set.

The scene that revealed Martian Manhunter in Justice League Snyder Cut was made through the online video calling app Zoom.

Speaking to Pop Culture Weekly with Kyle McMahon, Zack Snyder said: “We had to conduct exchanges to record via Zoom because at that time, Miller was in the UK, and I could not move abroad (due to pandemic). I only needed to shoot a few more of him, but it was still a pretty crazy experience. I’ve never done that before. This tactic continued to apply to Diane Lane, in the scene where she transformed into Martian Manhunter. The scene of her walking out the door, transforming and looking around is completely new, not done before (2017), so I definitely had to shoot it.“.

Snyder also revealed his personal feelings about this one-of-a-kind experience: “I feel it is quite strange. They video-called me with an iPad and then placed it on a stand so that Diane can easily communicate with me when needed. This is a strange experience but also very wonderful“.

Avoiding Covid-19, Zack Snyder filmed Martian Manhunter's footage in Justice League via Zoom - Photo 2.

Before that, Zack Snyder also had to remotely direct Ezra Miller to complete the new scenes for Justice League right on the set of Fantastic Beasts.

In addition to Lane and Miller, many other actors have also decided to return to assist Snyder on the new scenes, including Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Ray Fisher, Joe Manganiello, Amber Heard, and Jared Leto. Deborah Snyder, director Zack Snyder’s wife, said: “The hardest part is that we only have 3 days to record. We filmed the footage between Batman and the Joker first, then the other details. However, the actors were not allowed to see each other, partly because of scheduling conflicts, and the rest due to the Covid epidemic. However, we still try to ensure the progress and health protection measures for the cast“.

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