Zack Snyder’s version of Justice League never materialized, as the director was forced to step away from the Warner Bros. film following a family tragedy. Although fans have lobbied the studio to release a “Snyder Cut” on Blu-ray, there’s been some debate about whether the filmmaker completed enough footage to even make that a possibility. But Snyder himself may have just lent credence to the growing belief that he did.
Snyder was immediately succeeded in May by Joss Whedon, who was already involved, writing additional scenes, and continued as the film entered post-production, overseeing reshoots (producer Charles Roven later estimated that Whedon ultimately shot 15 percent to 20 percent of Justice League). Given the movie’s disappointing reception, both critically and commercially, it didn’t take long for fans to launch petitions, and even a website, calling for the release of a Snyder cut.
Many have pooh-poohed the very idea of that, pointing out that Snyder left Justice League six months before its theatrical release, and that snippets of scenes left on the cutting-room floor aren’t enough to finish a film. However, Screen Rant recently published commentary that pieced together clues from Snyder’s social media posts, and concluded his version of Justice League may have been further along than previously believed. It didn’t take long for the article to draw the attention of Snyder himself on Vero, who “liked” the link.
Well that's neat. pic.twitter.com/jj9DVDuXr3
— ☕Stephen M. Colbert (@smcolbert) January 30, 2018
There were fears that the differing directorial styles of Whedon and Snyder would clash, and although Snyder’s name remained atop Justice League, there were definite signs that the final cut was the product of two filmmakers. While a “Snyder Cut” might not dull harsh criticisms of Justice League, it would undoubtedly appease those fans who have demanded Whedon’s fingerprints be removed from the movie. Over the years, Snyder has been known for his dark, brooding take on movies like Watchmen, Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, so many fans expected Justice League to continue that signature style.
Synder may simply be tipping his hat to the notion of his edit of Justice League, but his Vero “like” will undoubtedly give a little more hope to those fans holding out for what they consider to be the film’s “ultimate” cut.
Justice League arrives digitally on Feb. 13, and on Blu-ray and DVD on March 13. The film 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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