Zack Snyder reveals that The Atom was cut from Justice League
CinemaBlend reports that director Zack Snyder originally had another superhero slated to appear in last year’s Justice League, but never made it into the final cut of the film. According to the report, Snyder had planned on including Ryan Choi, better known as The Atom. Choi’s name appeared on a computer monitor in one Justice League scene, and a promotional image showed Silas Stone, the father of Cyborg, standing next to an unnamed scientist. Synder confirmed that the scientist in the image was, in fact, Choi, as played by Orion Lee.
It’s unclear if Choi would’ve appeared in the film as The Atom, but it seems that Snyder was laying the groundwork for future DCEU movies. Once Joss Whedon took over after Snyder exited the project, the scene was left of the cutting room floor. A different iteration of The Atom appears on The CW series DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, played by Brandon Routh (Superman Returns), though his alter ego is Ray Palmer, another character who had the mantle.
Fueled by the hero’s restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Justice League sees Bruce Wayne enlist the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League, which features a screenplay from Chris Terrio from a story by Snyder and Terrio, stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, with J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane.
The film is currently available on DVD, Blu-Ray, and VoD. The next film set in the DC movie universe is director James Wan’s Aquaman, which will arrive in theaters this December.