Who Is Martian Manhunter in Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Martian Manhunter, the last character of Zack Snyder's Justice League

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The appearance of the character Martian Manhunter in the movie Zack Snyder’s Justice League, became one of the great moments since it opened a whole dimension of possibilities for future films and stories. What is intended through this new character is to delve into the mythology of the Justice League by Warner Bros Pictures. If you still do not know who the new character is and you like this movie, we recommend that you continue reading so that you can discover the most outstanding characteristics of Martian Manhunter.

What is Zack Snyder's Justice League?

Last March 2021, the new viewing of Zack Snyder’s Justice League arrived on the streaming platform, HBO Max. In this one, there were some differences with respect to the 2017 version that was released in theaters. Mainly, what differentiates the two installments is that the film goes from 121 minutes to 242 minutes, that is, it lasts approximately four hours.

Do you remember General Calvin Swanwick from Man of Steel and Batman v Superman? Maybe not—but you won’t forget him after Zack Snyder’s Justice League. It turns out Swanwick, played by Harry Lennix, has been the Martian Manhunter in disguise all along. The actor behind the no-nonsense officer has said that not only is his character the esteemed (and shape-shifting) Justice League member, but he also filmed new scenes for the Snyder Cut.

Who Is Martian Manhunter?

As we mentioned at the beginning of the article, Zack Synder introduced a new character in the new movie. This new character is Martian Manhunter and then we will explain who he is and why he has become an important character for the film.

It is important to mention that Martian Manhunter is a constant character that usually appears in DC comics, so if you are a fan of these comics, this character may already be familiar to you. The funny thing about this character is that it has had numerous incarnations, reboots, and adaptations throughout all the different films and series that have been developed in recent times.

In this way, we could say that Martian Manhunter appeared for the first time in Detective Comics # 225, in 1995. In this first story called The Strange Experiment of Dr. Erdel, J’onzz is introduced, a native of the planet Mars. This character is considered to have unusual abilities and to be above humans and the vast majority of heroes in the galaxy.

In addition, it is also necessary to comment that J’onzz or also known as J’onn is considered to be one of the founding members of the Justice League. This was created in The Brave and the Bold, in March 1960 and was founded together with Aquaman, Batman, Flash, Green Lantern, Superman, and Wonder Woman.

What are the characteristics of Martian Manhunter?

After briefly commenting on the origins of this character, we consider it necessary to also explain some of the most outstanding powers and abilities. In order to understand which are the most outstanding characteristics, we can divide them into two large groups: physical and mental abilities.


Abilities One of the most important physical abilities is the enormous strength that Martian Manhunter has. This great power allows him to fight with other superheroes of great strength such as Superman, Shazam, or Black Adam.

Strength is combined with the great stamina and high speed that this character also has. Specifically, Martian Manhunter is capable of exceeding the speed of light, thus reaching almost hyperspace speed.

In addition to great strength, Martian Manhunter is also capable of regenerating his own body from a severed limb.

Finally, it is important to note that this character has a superpower of lightning attacks. This means that his Martian eyes become his own weapon since they are capable of shooting rays through them. In addition, this power reinforces its Martian projection since it allows it to see objects of very small sizes at very far distances.


Abilities If the physical abilities of Martian Manhunter are already very prominent, it is necessary to also mention the considered mental abilities. This character stands out for being able to have great control of his physique, being able to grow, shrink or even change shape according to the character’s own needs.

In addition to being able to change forms, Manhunter stands out above all for having telekinesis and telepathy abilities. In this way, you can lift and move items solely by the mind. As for telepathy, it has the ability to read the minds of others and above all, project their thoughts. If this is already surprising, this character is also capable of mentally controlling others and mentally communicating with several characters at the same time.


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