In the ever-expanding lore of superhero films and tv shows, it should come as no surprise that Zach Snyder had plans for DC’s Atom.
Originally cut from the theatrical release of Justice League, Zack Snyder reintroduced Ryan Choi in his edit of the film. While we didn’t see Atom out right, Choi’s last scene in the film heavily hinted at the professor becoming the Atom.
Atom is able to change their size and shrink down to a subatomic while maintaining the same level of strength. Think Ant-Man, but in the DC universe.
Considering Marvel is running it’s very popular Falcon and the Winter Soldier series at the moment, you’d think DC would chomp at the bit for the opportunity to flesh out its cinematic universe. Which is exactly what Zach Synder wanted to do with Atom, discussing his ideas for the character with Beyond The Trailer.
Snyder’s idea for the hero would have taken place in China, and it would have heavily focused on Chinese culture.
Discussing the concept during the interview, Snyder explained what the Atom movie would have been: “I had always had this idea that we would make a movie, the Ryan Choi movie, an Atom movie in China, with Chinese-English and Chinese language.
“I think that, frankly, I think Netflix is really good at this. We've just done it with the Army of the Dead prequel, Army of Thieves, where it's an English, and French, and German movie.”
Given the push for inclusivity in superhero films, it’s likely this concept for Atom would have been met with praise.
Snyder added: “We would make a movie set in China, really get the Chinese fans and be inclusive, and make it about a Chinese character. And not that this Chinese character is in the movie, but we're in his movie. That's how I wanted it.”
Zach Snyder’s Justice League
Atom’s standalone movie would have come after Zach Snyder’s recut Justice League which released earlier this year on HBO Max.
Also referred to as the director’s cut, Zach Snyder’s Justice League promised to fix many of the issues in the theatrical release. The theatrical release was considered a bomb and caused Warner Bros to reconsider the cinematic universe’s future.