Harry Lennix says he’d want to Watch Martian Manhunter take on the Joker in Justice League 2. Lennix played the DC Extended Universe’s General Calvin Swanwick at Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; lots of lovers theorizing that his character was J’onn J’onzz a.k.a. the Martian Manhunter in disguise. Snyder’s 4-hour cut of Justice League confirmed this via a set of scenes, such as one where the beloved hero visits Bruce Wayne/Batman after the Knightmare series.
The Snyder Cut contains more characters than its theatrical counterpart, possibly the strangest of which being Jared Leto’s revitalized Joker, appearing within an Apokoliptic future where Superman has succumbed to the Anti-Life Equation. The scene between him, Batman, and other members of this League allude to plans to the since-abandoned Snyder-Verse. When Bruce awakens from his nightmare, he is visited by the Martian Manhunter, who informs Bruce”there’s a war coming” which he’s here to help.
Lennix was asked what member of the League could he love to find a chance to interact the most with and what DC villain he would wish to take on in Justice League 2. While saying he would like interacting with Wonder Woman and Superman because it would be great to see that relationship grow, Lennix spoke on the choice to visit Bruce Wayne. Martian Manhunter appears interested in people That Aren’t metahumans, something that translates to the actor’s desire to watch his character take on one of their most twisted individuals in comic book history:
“I’d like to accept the Joker in some way, you understand what I mean? I would select the Joker instead of those sort of other-worldly ones. The Joker is merely a nutbag, who would be very fascinating to carry on.”
Believe it or not, Martian Manhunter and the Joker have gone head-to-head from the comics before, literally. In JLA #11, when battling the Injustice Gang (also put up in Snyder’s Justice League), Martian Manhunter shapeshifts his mind to think like the Joker and starts to think like a supervillain. Then, in JLA #15 (1998), Martian Manhunter uses his telepathic power to control the Joker’s mind to regain the reality-warping Philosopher’s Stone, which the Clown Prince of Crime has used to create a”ten-thousand-mile-long smile from South America to Asia Minor.” During Martian Manhunter’s manipulation, the Joker is cured of his insanity.
Martian Manhunter has described the Joker’s head as a”storm raging” previously. It’d be extremely compelling to find a character with an affinity for humanity, who is cynical of being like Superman, attempt to dissect an adversary that epitomizes our moral and philosophical pitfalls-the mind itself being as slippery a slope as superpowers. Arguably even more than Batman, Martian Manhunter knows his team members and their rogues’ galleries. Lennix would’ve certainly played a major part in sequels into Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Much like Leto, whose Joker made a truce with Affleck’s Batman, Lennix’s character has a stake in the world Darkseid seeks to conquer. That said, it’s uncertain if Martian Manhunter is still alive in the Knightmare deadline. Regardless, reluctant friend or foe, lovers would like to see Martian Manhunter and the Joker in Justice League 2.