It's been more than a year since Justice League hit theaters, and yet some fans are still clamoring for Warner Bros. to release the famed, but also never exactly confirmed to exist, director's cut.
The so-called Snyder Cut of Justice League has often been discussed, but now photographer Clay Enos, a frequent collaborator of Zack Snyder, cast doubt on such a version of the film ever seeing the light of day.
"Look, just the logistics of that are really difficult just because what is it then?" Enos said during an appearance on the Comicbook Debate podcast. "Is it a theatrical release and then what does that mean for royalty checks for the hundred or two hundred actors who participated in it. Like it is just a complete mess on so many fronts. Does it get a different IMDd ya know, because each of those things, the credits become huge consequences financially and so it, my observation is that this business makes anything like that incredibly unlikely and kind of complicated."
"That said, if there's a sufficient box office allure they'll figure it out. I mean there's probably something pretty close to ready out there that throw in another $20 or $30 million in there and you could maybe see hundreds come from it. It's a hard one, but consider that it isn't just like 'ah hey, just throw it on YouTube.' There are some massive financial consequence to doing something like that and it sours my optimism, though I do remain optimistic. Like I would love for something like that to happen or exist."
However, while Enos' words make it seem doubtful that the Snyder Cut will ever be completed and released by Warner Bros., he still urges fans to keep the demand alive. "Don't let go, this hashtag should live and it should stand for something, more than just a constant hurt, but it should be a rallying cry to support better films, and to support films that have the story of independent artistic priorities," the photographer added. "Anyway, I'm beating a dead horse there. This is all somewhat uncomfortable because you know a friend of mine's film got butchered."
Next up for Warner Bros. is David F. Sandber's Shazam!, which will hit theatres April 5; Cathy Yan's Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), slated for release Feb. 7, 2020; Patty Jenkin's Wonder Woman 1984, coming June 5 2020; James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, which will bow August 6, 2021 and Matt Reeves' solo Batman film, which will swing into theatres June 25, 2021.