In the days following the debut of Justice League, a petition was launched on Change.org for Warner Bros. to release a Zack Snyder cut of the film. The petition originally looked to reach 35,000 signatures, a total it has now surpassed by a significant margin, with over 115,000 signatures recorded at the time of writing.
It is not known whether Zack Snyder shot enough material to put together a cohesive director’s cut of the film before he stepped down due to a family tragedy. This, however, hasn’t stopped diehard fans from wanting to see his vision for the film brought to light, a movement that’s received the support of Justice League cinematographer Fabian Wagner.
The petition underlines the “alienation of [Warner Bros.] original fan base” and states, “to the dismay of many, the film released by WB was NOT the one fans were expecting.” The petition notes the poor critical and commercial receptions the film has received and attributes much of the blame to Joss Whedon’s reshoots, which resulted in fundamental changes in tone compared to Snyder’s previous entries in the DC Extended Universe.
The petition also noted the shorter runtime, mandated by Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara; the changing of the film’s score, where frequent Zack Snyder collaborator Junkie XL was replaced by Danny Elfman; and the apparent shift in Superman’s story, which was indicated by the poor digital removal of actor Henry Cavill’s mustache; as further evidence of their disappointment with the theatrical cut.
Now in theaters, Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.
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