Will Gal Gadot Get the Director’s Cut of ‘Justice League’ Released?
Justice League, like all the superhero films made by director Zack Snyder, received a bit of a mixed reception. Some feel the film suffered because of studio tampering. Many fans want Snyder’s original cut of the film to be released on home video. Here’s what Gal Gadot and other members of the film’s cast had to say about the original cut.
Why ‘Justice League’ was a massive disappointment
Warner Bros. has a history of editing Snyder’s films against his wishes. The original version of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was 31 minutes longer than the theatrical version and featured more potent violence. This version of the film was edited down to be more easily digestible and secure a PG-13 rating. Many fans were disappointed with the theatrical cut of the film, finding it ridiculous and poorly plotted. However, when Snyder’s version of the film was released to DVD and Blu-ray, many fans saw it as a vast improvement over what they saw in the theater.
Following the positive fan reception of Snyder’s cut of Batman v Superman and Patty Jenkins’ film Wonder Woman, expectations were high for Justice League, a collaboration between the two filmmakers. According to Indiewire, Snyder had to leave the project after it was partially completed because his daughter, Autumn, committed suicide and he wanted to spend time with his family.
In his absence, Avengers director Joss Whedon shot new scenes for the film. Many commentators blame the film’s lack of a coherent tone on Whedon’s involvement in the project. Some felt Whedon ruined a serious epic movie by injecting his trademark witticisms into the script. Although Whedon received much criticism for his involvement, it is currently unclear how much the theatrical version of the film is Whedon’s work and how much is Snyder’s.
Despite the initial buzz surrounding the film, Justice League was an all-around disappointment. Critics and audiences alike felt the film was cluttered and trite. Rumors circulated on social media that Warner Bros. again edited a film against Snyder’s wishes and Snyder’s cut of the movie existed in the studio’s archives. The rumors appear to have been confirmed by the director himself.
The fight for Zack Snyder’s cut
History appears to be repeating itself. Fans eagerly await the release of Snyder’s cut of Justice League on home video. Dedicated fans of DC Comics created petitions, protested, and flew a plane over San Diego Comic-Con with a banner calling for the release of Snyder’s cut.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gal Gadot is now calling for that version of the film to be released. She tweeted “#ReleasetheSnyderCut,” which was promptly retweeted by the director himself. Ben Affleck, who played Batman in Justice League as well as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, also tweeted his support, as did Ray Fisher, who played Cyborg in Justice League.
Some feel these tweets are part of a marketing campaign for a release of the Snyder cut. Many speculate Snyder’s version of the film could be released to Warner Bros. upcoming streaming service, HBO Max. The Hollywood Reporter, however, says Warner Bros. has no such plan. The world will just have to wait and see if the fans and cast of the film will manage to change Warner Bros.’ mind.