Why Fans Think Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ Cut Is Really On Its Way
Director Zack Snyder is responsible for many of the DC Extended Universe entries you know and love. However, many are unhappy that they never got to see his “true” version of Justice League. Here’s why we think that may change soon.
Who is Zack Snyder?
Snyder is an accomplished director in Hollywood. His directorial debut was the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead, which he followed with acclaimed action film 300, which he also co-wrote. Snyder then helmed Watchmen, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, and Sucker Punch in subsequent years.
But Snyder is perhaps best known for what he did next: Kick off the DCEU. He directed Man of Steel and its sequel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. He also contributed to the story for Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman. Critically speaking, the first two were not highly regarded but did garner a massive fanbase.
Here’s what happened with ‘Justice League’
As DC was, thematically, following the path of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the next big step was to create a big ensemble film, ala The Avengers. The answer to this was Justice League, which was released in 2017.
Snyder was at the helm once again as director. However, in May 2017, tragedy struck: His daughter, Autumn, took her own life. As Snyder stepped down to spend time with his family, Warner Bros. made an interesting call: They brought in Joss Whedon (you know, who directed The Avengers) to finish it up.
Fans demand ‘The Snyder Cut’
Snyder is still credited as the director of the film, but Whedon got a screenwriting credit, and fans know that it was his version that ultimately saw the light of day. And they were not happy about it. Not long after Justice League‘s release, the rumors started to spread that there was another version. And thus began the campaign #ReleasetheSnyderCut.
Unlike most things of this nature, the truly die-hard fans haven’t let it go. Over the years, more information has come out that this cut may, in fact, exist in some form. But WB won’t talk about it. Meanwhile, Snyder himself has, peripherally, addressed the subject.
Ben Affleck, etc. join the rallying cry
Now, the cry is louder than ever. In Aug. 2019, Jason Momoa, aka Aquaman, shared a video on social media in which he gave Snyder a new camera, and talked about “the Snyder cut,” which he says the director showed him, deeming it “sick.”
Then, on Nov. 17, 2019, the two year anniversary of Justice League‘s release, Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) posted a photo of herself, adding the now-infamous hashtag. And Batman himself, Ben Affleck, followed her lead. Snyder retweeted them, sparking an uproar of fan speculation.
Why we think it’s coming
When it was simply fan speculation, there wasn’t much to talk about. But over the years, it’s become clear that there likely is, in fact, some version of the film out there void of Whedon’s edits. Whether or not it’s anywhere near complete is unknown, but there is one good reason for Warner Bros. to get on with making it a reality.
As DC expert and fellow director Kevin Smith wrote on Twitter, WarnerMedia’s next big project, HBO Max, could benefit from the inclusion of the Snyder cut. Of course, they want to drive people to the big screen, but that seems unlikely with Justice League. Why not give it another life on the upcoming streaming service?