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F*$K Elmo! Release The Snyder Cut!; A Book Review

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The Movement

How do you say it? “Some people on the internet and I helped get a film released?” Or “A collective group of individuals helped realize a version of a film that otherwise wouldn’t have seen the light of day?” If you can’t tell, trying to describe just HOW we got Zack Snyder’s Justice League is a daunting task. Luckily, we had someone who was willing to take on that challenge. His name? Sean O’Connell.

But who is Sean O’Connell? Ever since the beginning of 2019, Sean has helped bring awareness to The Snyder Cut by writing for Cinema Blend. He also helped out when he would interview famous celebrities and ask them about their thoughts on the situation. So what Sean did was collectively bring about an idea that could help explain, in laymen, how we got Zack Snyder’s Justice League. And my, what an idea it was. The Release The Snyder Cut Book.

What It Took

So how do you tell a story almost as interesting as to how we got the film in the first place? You break it down. And what Sean did in his book was brilliant. He asked for anyone and everyone that wanted, to share their stories about what they had been through since 2017. And by doing so, he was able to catalog in pieces just how this “movement” came to gain momentum.  But even as you get into the thick-milky section of the book, you begin to see that what this movement created and achieved.

Re-living the past 3 years was difficult. And it often felt like a story you never liked to tell but it was the only way to explain what you were doing currently. But it also made me see the power of what we accomplished in that time. A Director being limited creatively and pushed aside by studio executives will never happen again (to this extent). Sean highlights an eclectic group of some familiar and not-so-familiar names throughout the fandom. All the while never focusing on anything negative or the infighting that sometimes overshadowed the good times. The Diversity of the Snyder fandom is grand, as are his stories.

Autumn

One of the toughest segments for me to read was the loss of Zack’s daughter, Autumn during the post-production of Justice League. And while some of you may be familiar, others may not. I, too, have lost a child. Not in the same manner as Zack, but a loss just the same. So this chapter hit me deep and on an emotional level, I had to pause for a moment. Sean respectively wove this situation into the heart of his book to allow the reader to understand why many of us fought so hard on Zack’s behalf. And also why the American Foundation for Suicide Prevent is so prevalent throughout the years.

As someone who can actually speak on the matter, the care and effort put into this chapter from Sean were emotionally two-fold. One, it highlighted what I had always said on WHY Zack left the production in the first place. It wasn’t what he wanted to be doing when the entire reason for working was to clear his head. I completely understood that. And two, it gave the reader an even bigger foundation on how important the movement was to Zack and how much it meant to him.

Victory

If May 20th, 2020 never had happened, I’m not sure I would’ve been able to read this book. That’s how much pain it could’ve given most of us who had been there from day 1. Luckily, this book was published AFTER the victory to release Zack Snyder’s Justice League. And it’s the reason Sean was able to get some amazing quotes from Zack himself. Because it’s, even more, his victory than ours. And his candidness is the basis of my headline. When speaking to Warner Bros.:

Their websites, their Twitter, their everything..they were paralyzed. [Warner Bros.] were literally paralyzed. They could make no release. They could talk about nothing. I was talking to an unnamed executive who said that [HBOMax] would tweet something about Sesame Street, and people would be like, ‘Fuck Elmo! Release the Snyder Cut!’

To hear Zack speak that way was refreshing. Especially because of things Zack talks about in this book that he hasn’t really spoken about in any interviews. To have this Victory of ours documented in the Grand Tale it’s told, is a testament to Sean. Without his invaluable effort, this story would be lost to history.

The Fans

With many of us being a part in some form or fashion through all of this, I can’t say thank you enough for contributing. Whether you tweeted out once, made videos, or stayed off social media and discussed it with people ignorant to what happened, you made the difference. And that’s what Sean empathically delivers in his Release The Snyder Cut book. The highs and lows experienced this entire time, that anyone unfamiliar with HOW Zack was able to release his version of Justice League, did just that.

To see the Multi-Culture and Diversity represented throughout the entirety of Sean’s book is incredible. And I hope when the book is released on March 1st, many of you will understand the magnitude of the monumental achievement this fandom was able to make. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Sean for allowing me to be a part of the review process of his book. The telling of this moment in history is just the icing on the cake that is Zack Snyder’s Justice League, streaming on HBOMax on March 18th, 2021.

Father // Senior Editor // Co-Host for The Reel in Motion Podcast @TheReelinMotion // Male Feminist // Unapologetic Snyder Enthusiast // Xbox X

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