Rohan Harris and Roland Betancourt goes deep into the eerie mural scene in Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021), discussing it in the context of late Byzantine art.
Roland Betancourt is a professor of Byzantine Art in the Art History department, Visual Studies program director, and affiliate faculty at the Religious Studies of UC Irvine. His latest book Performing the Gospels in Byzantium: Sight, Sound, and Space in the Divine Liturgy has just come out from Cambridge University Press, only a year after his Byzantine Intersectionality from Princeton University Press. Roland contributed to the exhibition catalog of “What Byzantinism Is This in Istanbul!”: Byzantium in Popular Culture with a piece titled “Neon Byzantium: Aesthetics without Iconography in Las Vegas”.
Rohan Harris is a scenic artist. He worked for the sets of giant and prized movies and TV shows such as Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, King Arthur, and Macbeth. He turned these productions that we all admire into believable medieval settings. His more recent work is Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021). The 2017 movie was re-released with Zack Snyder’s cut in 2021. This latter version brought us an almost three-minute-long scene where we can spectate an otherworldly room decorated in frescoes with the scenes of Darkseid’s first attack on Earth.