It’s been nearly 3 years since tragedy struck Zack Snyder and forced him to step down from the Justice League, setting a precedence for Joss Whedon to swoop in and spoil everything. The movie was supposed to be the DCEU’s answer to 2012’s Marvel’s Avengers, however, this was not how things went down. The Snyder cut’s differences were clear in the finished product. It wasn’t hard to see that a lot was missing, and a lot had been changed.
As a result, it was torn apart by critics (rated 40% Rotten Tomatoes) and it only made $658 million worldwide on a $300 million dollar budget. I know what you’re thinking, only? But this movie was supposed to be one of the biggest blockbusters of all time. The movie containing some of the most well-known superheroes on planet earth! In the end, it came nowhere near to the success Marvel’s Avengers (which made $1.5 billion worldwide on a $220 million budget). So yeah the movie was a success but relative to its expected success it was a massive failure.
Although, it’s not hard to see why the movie was such a disappointment. It was co-written by Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon, two completely different directors and not only this but the two never actually worked together. So, they never had a chance to agree on a shared vision, Whedon just basically came along and tried to make a completely different movie to the one Snyder had been making.
This gave rise to the rumours of the legendary Snyder Cut (which was later confirmed to exist by Aquaman star Jason Mamoa). On Twitter, fans started the hashtag #releasethesnydercut which has trended off and on over the last few years. It has even received the support from those that starred in it. Ben Affleck, who portrayed Batman and Gal Gadot, the current Wonder Woman, have both tweeted in support of the hashtag.
It has since been confirmed that the Snyder cut was 214 minutes long and included dozens of deleted scenes that fleshed out the backstories of the characters and added dimensions to the Justice League world that were unseen in Whedon’s version. There were also Easter eggs and teasers for the movies that were yet to come. The main plot remained in the film, but Snyder’s secondary plot was cut during Whedon’s rewrites.
Recently the stunt coordinator for Justice League has gone on record to say that she knows several people who’ve seen the mysterious “Snyder Cut”, and every one of them has said it’s “amazing.” In an interview with Screen Rant she had this to say:
“Yeah, there’s a few questions about that, and I’m sure that I’m okay to say I officially know people who’ve seen the Snyder cut and said it’s absolutely amazing. And I do believe that that’s the movie we were making, Zack Snyder’s version of the film. You know, with the heartache of what happened with his daughter, we pulled out [and did] the reshoots of it. So, the movie took a slightly different turn.
I watched the cinema release of the film, and I texted Zack to say, “What’s this I’m hearing about this Snyder cut? I need to see it.” And he did promise me next time I’m in LA, that I’ll go watch it. So I will at some point, definitely go and watch the Snyder cut. And I have spoken to people who actually said it’s brilliant. They said it’s absolutely golden.“
Will We Ever See It?
It’s all well and good that the cast and crew members get to see this ‘amazing’ Snyder cut, but what about us? Jeff Bock, senior box office analyst at Exhibitor Relations said it’s not looking good and he hasn’t “heard one word about releasing that cut”. Warner Bros. is moving on from their past failures and instead focusing on the future. They don’t want to distract fans with what could have been.
It’s just too far gone. If they were going to give it us we would have already had it. The franchise has moved on has Henry Cavill has left Superman role behind and we now have a new Batman movie coming up with new Batman. Not only this, but the Snyder cut was also left incomplete, there was still a lot of work to do. Hence why Whedon was called in.
The Snyder cut may never see the light of day but we do have a lot to look forwards to from the DCEU. Next, we have Wonder Woman 1984. Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman 1984 stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Kristen Wiig as Barbara Minerva/Cheetah, Pedro Pascal as Maxwell Lord and Natasha Rothwell. The film arrives in theatres June 5.
After this, we have a new Batman, set for a 2021 release starring Robert Pattinson as the new caped crusader. There are even talks of a second Joker movie. Who knows what could be on the horizon but one thing is for sure, we will keep you updated. So be sure to sign up to our newsletter so you don’t miss anything!