‘Justice League’ Snyder Cut: Ben Affleck Weighs In On His Return As Batman
Justice League fans are finally getting what they have been asking for for years — Zack Snyder’s cut. DC just announced that Snyder will be releasing a special version of his 2017 film, Justice League, that will be closer to his original vision for the movie. While fans are hopeful that Snyder’s cut of Justice League will redeem Ben Affleck, the actor recently shared his thoughts on his big return as the caped crusader.
Inside Affleck’s run as Batman
When DC first announced that Affleck was the new Batman, fans had a mixed reaction to the news. But over time, people warmed up to the idea of Affleck playing Bruce Wayne and were excited to see what he could bring to the table.
To be fair, Affleck’s version of Batman was not that bad. But the actor’s legacy was hurt by a series of bad movies that were not entirely his fault. This started with his first appearance as the Caped Crusader was in the 2016 film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Although the movie earned over $873 million at the box office, its budget of $300 million cut into the profits. Critics also panned the film for its slow pacing, overly complicated storyline, and dark tone.
Affleck’s next appearance as Batman was a brief cameo in Suicide Squad, a film that also received mixed reviews from the critics. But his first two movies as Batman were nothing compared to the disaster that was Justice League.
Not only did Justice League lose money at the box office, but it was also slammed by critics for a variety of issues, including bad graphics, poor pacing, lackluster writing, and a bad plot. It didn’t help that Snyder was forced to leave the project after suffering a personal loss.
Some fans were so disappointed that they basically wanted a redo. And with Snyder’s cut of the movie finally in the works, they might get their wish after all.
HBO to release Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’
Three years have passed since Justice League premiered in theaters, and after a myriad of campaigns and requests, Justice League Snyder Cut is finally going to become a reality.
According to We Got This Covered, the director recently opened up about the new version of the movie and confirmed that it will be a completely different experience than the theatrical release. Snyder, of course, never watched the movie when it hit theaters as Joss Whedon stepped in and finished it.
“It will be an entirely new thing, and, especially talking to those who have seen the released movie, a new experience apart from that movie. You probably saw one-fourth of what I did,” Snyder explained.
Snyder did not reveal what will be included in the new release but there are plenty of things that will likely be addressed. This includes giving each character additional time on-screen, which should add more depth to the storyline.
Fans might even get to see more of the film’s main villain, Steppenwolf, as well as Darkseid actually making an appearance. Regardless of what Snyder includes in the release, it should offer a more complete version of the movie since it is coming from one director instead of two.
Affleck opens up about his return as Batman in ‘Justice League’
Amid all of the hoopla surrounding Snyder’s cut of Justice League, Affleck recently chimed in on his big return as Batman. Taking to social media, the actor shared a poster of the film and wrote, “2021” in the caption.
The post was simple enough but it immediately started trending on Twitter and quickly amassed over 8k retweets. Not only are fans looking forward to what Snyder adds to the movie, but there is also hope that it gives Affleck a better sending off as the Caped Crusader.
Affleck was originally supposed to play Bruce Wayne in a stand-alone film in the DCEU. He ultimately backed out of the project, however, due to professional and personal reasons.
Robert Pattinson replaced Affleck and is set to star in Matt Reeves’ upcoming film, The Batman, which is also due to hit theaters in 2021.
HBO plans on releasing Snyder’s cut of Justice League on its new streaming service HBO Max sometime next year.