What exactly the director meant in these comments is unclear. However, the Lord of the Rings franchise is known for being a large-scale trilogy of films that come together to form a cohesive story — almost like one long film.
In an exclusive interview with Total Film, Justice League director Zack Snyder shared details of his intended direction for the DC universe. The director revealed that while multiple directors “made their own movies” for the interconnected DC Extended Universe, he was determined to “stay the course” with Justice League to pursue his direction:
“In a lot of ways, I view this movie on its own. I love [Wonder Woman director] Patty [Jenkins] and I think she’s done an amazing job, and [The Suicide Squad director] James [Gunn] has done a great job — they’ve made their own movies. But I just thought, ‘I’m gonna stay the course that I thought was cool.’ There’s a bunch of stuff I do differently than what they do, but I just think of Justice League as its own thing at this point. It exists kind of on its own.”
The former DC filmmaker went on to describe the “trilogy of films” with a “consistent tone” that he chose to focus on when crafting the future team-ups — being Man of Steel, Batman V Superman, and Justice League.
Snyder described the intention to use the trilogy as a setup for two further Justice League sequels which “stays true to that concept,” but, unfortunately, the director doesn’t “see that happening” anymore. The format of the saga would’ve been “like Lord of the Rings and not a one-off,” he described:
“For me, there’s a trilogy of films that I sort of lean on. Man Of Steel, Batman v Superman, and Justice League are a continuity, and within that three-movie arc there is a consistent tone. Frankly, it was meant as the primer for another two [Justice League] movies — not that those movies are ever going to get photographed, I don’t see that happening — and it stays true to that concept. It was meant to be like Lord Of The Rings and not a one-off. That’s the way I think about it.”
The extended cuts of Peter Jackson’s iconic fantasy franchise are renowned for their extreme length, something fans are now experiencing with the Snyder cut. In many ways, elements of the beginning of the Lord of the Rings saga set up its ending. Both Batman V Superman and Zack Snyder’s Justice League will have featured visions of a Knightmare future, something the sequels were intended to explore further.