Following the lead of Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck -- the DC Extended Universe's Batman -- has lent his support to the movement calling for the release of director Zack Snyder's original cut of the Justice League film.
Today, Nov. 17 -- the two year anniversary of Justice League's United States release -- Affleck sent a tweet simply containing the all-too-familiar hashtag "#ReleaseTheSnyderCut."
Snyder himself has now responded to both Gadot and Affleck's tweets. The director quote-tweeted Gadot's #ReleaseTheSnyderCut post from earlier today, adding, "This ancient Amazonian can't be wrong." From there, he quote-tweeted Affleck's new post as well, writing, "Neither can Batman."
The influx of posts on social media related to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut was spurred on by a week-long campaign by the movement's supporters. The movement was initially prompted by Justice League's troubled production -- which culminated in Snyder having to leave the project due to a family tragedy. The Avengers director Joss Whedon was enlisted in to complete reshoots that reportedly gave the version of the film that was released in theaters a lighter tone. Shortly thereafter, rumors of a shelved "Snyder Cut" of Justice League gained traction online. In addition to Affleck and Gadot, multiple people involved with Justice League have voiced support for #ReleaseTheSnyderCut, including their co-stars Ray Fisher and Jason Momoa.
Affleck portrayed Bruce Wayne/Batman in the DCEU from 2016 to 2017. He made his debut as the Dark Knight in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, before also making an uncredited cameo in that year's Suicide Squad. 2017's Justice League would prove to be his final outing as Batman, with the film's underwhelming critical and commercial performance causing a shift in Warner Bros.' approach to its DC films.
Batman is currently headed for a reboot, with director Matt Reeves' The Batman currently in the midst of development. The film is slated for release in 2021, with The Lighthouse star Robert Pattinson stepping up as the new Bruce Wayne. In the meantime, up next for the DCEU is the Margot Robbie-starred Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), which arrives this coming February.