As part of SnyderCon 2023, director Zack Snyder and visual effects supervisor John ‘D.J.’ Des Jardin answered questions about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice following a screening of the Ultimate Edition. There, the duo gave some information about the Superman villain Metallo, who was part of earlier versions of the movie.
Was Metallo supposed to be in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice?
When asked about the villain by a fan, Des Jardin revealed a bit of additional information on how far along designs for Metallo may have been.
“We actually did a previews test, remember? We actually modeled him and everything,” Des Jardin said. “You [production designer Patrick Tatopoulos] had a design for that, so we built that and had him by the Washington monument … that didn’t make it … but that was a whole different movie.”
Snyder then revealed that Metallo even had an actor lined up — one who would play the role of Wallace Keefe in the movie.
“That was Scoot’s character originally — Scoot McNairy’s character … yeah, that was a completely different weirdo movie,” the director stated.
Five years ago, concept art for Metallo’s appearance by Robert McKinnon popped up online. The art provided fans with a peek at what the scrapped antagonist may have looked like if he had made it to the final cut.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice first released in 2016. Directed by Zack Snyder and written by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer, the movie would go on to receive a director’s cut release, which had an R rating and a minute longer runtime than the theatrical cut by 31 minutes.