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Now, thanks to Screen Rant, we have a storyboard drawn by Justice League director Zack Snyder which shows that Darkseid was going to be in the movie. In fact, it appears that this scene was shot, as spotted by eagle-eyed fans. In the gallery below you can see Snyder’s original storyboard, followed by a version with some frames from the very first Justice League trailer which seem to be part of this scene.
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