When It All Began
June 14th, 2013 was the release date for the beginning of the DC Films Shared Universe, Man of Steel. Zack Snyder introduced us to Kal-El, the Last Son of Krypton, and what he would be before he became Superman. A very unique and impressive approach. All considering many fans still regard Donner’s Superman as the epitome of the character and no one else should be allowed to play him. I kid of course, but money speaks. 2006’s release of Superman Returns wasn’t exactly what Warner Bros. had in mind when creating a Superman film. So, wunderkind director, Zack Snyder, was tapped to helm a Superman film. He was chosen by none other than Christopher Nolan, director of The Dark Knight Trilogy.
Controversial though it was at the time, I believe it was the right choice. Donner’s Superman was great; Snyder’s Superman was realistically great. It would be foolish of me to say there can only be one version while not being open to other iterations. But, here we are (5 years almost to the day) discussing aspects of the film. Actually, the reason some (myself included) are celebrating the 5 year anniversary of Man of Steel is to create awareness to a cause that has been growing since November 17th, 2017. Warner Bros. has been labeled a “Director Driven” studio and have proven, for the most part, they do adhere to their auteur director’s vision.
I say mostly because that is paradoxical at best. David Ayer was told to “lighten” the tone of Suicide Squad. Justice League was sold as a Zack Snyder film. It’s not every day Hollywood sells you something they think the fans will flock to, knowing the beautiful lie they were telling. Or is it? Justice League felt like a cacophony of nostalgic noise perpetrated by a committee ruminating about how much money they were going to earn. It was, and still is, one of the most unbelievable things I have witnessed happen to a film. They say the devil is in the details; research proves it.
So what would the fans, many of whom have waited their entire lives to watch their favorite DC superheroes on the big screen together for the first time, do? How can the unsatisfied make their voices heard to show displeasure? It was abundantly clear that the fandom wouldn’t just pay to show up to anything. Was it not enough when the fans didn’t show up after word of mouth spread what was done to Snyder’s film. It was evidence enough by it being the lowest-grossing DC Film for its theatrical run as well as home movie sales. That’s why some are rallying the fandom to increase awareness by showing Warner Bros. how to right their wrongs with the debacle that was Justice League.
How To Celebrate
One fan, Fiona Zheng, has announced how the DC fans can support that awareness. In commemoration of the 5 year anniversary, she has invited us to celebrate the film that started it all. With a #ReleaseTheSnyderCut fan event coinciding with a specific time to get the movement trending, she says:
“To participate, show your love by posting a picture of your DCEU films collection. This could include, but is not limited to, DVD’s, BluRays, Posters, Action Figures, Memorabilia, CD’s and even Digital Copies! Do this where you are in the world at the time shown! Include the hashtags #ReleaseTheSnyderCut, #DCEUFan, #ImADCFan & #ILoveSnydersDCCharacters! Happy Man of Steel Day!“
The times are listed below:
She will also be promoting the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut hashtag after Man of Steel Day with a tweet marathon benefiting a charity event to celebrate the DCEU Films we already have until the arrival of SDCC (San Diego Comic Con). More information is below:
If you would like to show your support, you know what to do! Make your voice heard while showing support to a good cause.
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