The Snyder Cut from Justice League it is already a reality: it comes out this week, and we have already offered you a review (twice, as always). One of the biggest attractions of this four-hour version of the film is the appearance of new characters, including Deathstroke, one of the main antagonists of Batman who will appear here briefly, apparently in a sequence of nightmares.
The most observant fans discovered a reference to Ra’s al Ghul, leader of the League of Shadows, on an emblem located on the handle of the sword worn by Deathstroke in the film. Joe Manganiello, the actor who plays the character, confirmed the easter egg on Twitter as a reference to the villain, who was once played by Liam Neeson.
– JOE MANGANIELLO (@JoeManganiello) March 11, 2021
However, what seemed like an innocent nod to the lore of DC took an unexpected turn when several users pointed out that this symbol had nothing to do with Ra’s al Ghul, but rather is about an emblem of a multiplayer faction of Halo. Christopher Barrett, the designer who worked on the Bungie game twenty years ago, has pointed this out on Twitter, and even still has the original design he created.
An emblem I made twenty years ago is on Deathstroke’s sword I guess? pic.twitter.com/kbVKB5KrI5
– Christopher Barrett (@cgbarrett) March 14, 2021
What happened here then? As pointed out by several users and the medium PCGames, when you google “Ra’s al Ghul logo”, the first thing that comes out is this picture. And apparently this logo comes from a fan database, which has not been updated since 2017.
So someone sometime it was invented that this logo, with these two elements that look like crossed sword blades, it was the symbol of Ra’s al Ghul and the League of Shadows … when the reality is that it is an emblem designed for the Halo video game.
Google’s algorithm wanted this image to rank first when searching for “Ra’s al Ghul logo” … and that was what it should have done Justice League art designer: Googled, found this image, and added it to Deathstroke’s sword as a wink to fans … even though the shot came out “frog”.
It should be said that Barrett, designer of the Halo logo, has taken it with humor (and as he says, the rights to the logo belong to Microsoft, not him or Bungie). Even so, I do not think that anyone will cry out to heaven for this, which does not stop being a funny coincidence… although with a moral:be careful not to believe everything we see or read on Google!