Remember that movie that came out 4 years ago? The one we all hated. The one that bombed so badly at the box office, fans demanded to see a different version of it? Well, in case your memory isn’t jogged just yet, allow me to remind you. It’s called Justice League. And it came out in November of 2017 and it was directed by Joss Whedon.
Although Zack Snyder is officially credited on the 2017 film, along with writer Chris Terrio, everyone knows that the 2017 film isn’t their version. And if you think that’s up for debate, look no further than the recently released Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League, or as it’s also known as, the Snyder Cut, is the vision for Justice League that Zack Snyder originally intended, but got ripped away from him during the filmmaking process. Going through the making of the film in 2016, due to the backlash of Batman V Superman, Snyder received many studio notes and mandates to make the film lighter, more comedic, and hopeful. Snyder played ball and basically shot two versions of the film, with the hopes of probably releasing his true vision later on during the physical release. Which is similar to what he did with Batman V Superman, with the directors cut, dubbed the “Ultimate Edition“, being announced before the theatrical version even released.
Snyder had already done the same song and dance with WB brass and knew that Justice League probably would be his last film anyways. So he thought, why not shoot what I want, and also shoot what the studio wants. This was a crazy plan, and one that would pay off years later, but at the time, aan unfortunate tragedy struck. His daughter had taken her life. This was an event that shook up the Snyder family. But even given the circumstances, Snyder persisted to try to bring the film he wanted to the fans. But after continuous and seemingly endless battles with the studio, he felt he could no longer bare the weight and announced his departure, so he could spend some time with his family.
During this time, Warner Bros decided to hand over the reigns of the film to Joss Whedon. The director of the Avengers films. Early on, this seemed like a good move, but as time went on, it became aparent that Whedon was simply a pawn to do the bidding of the corporate overlords at WB. This doesn’t excuse everything, though. Whedon still made many creative decisions that flew in the face of Snyder’s previous work on the franchise, and allegedly even talked crap about Snyder’s version of the film while conducting the reshoots.
Eventually the film came out, and it tanked. Barely anyone saw it, with it making less than every film in the franchise that came before it. And it alienated any fan that Snyder had been appealing to for the previous two films. It was a complete and utter failure and no one wanted to talk about it. Not even WB. They wanted to reboot and look away.
But fans wouldn’t let them…
A MOVEMENT IS BORN
Realizing that the monstrosity that they saw on screen wasn’t the work of Snyder, they campaigned tirelessly for years for WB to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut. And when announcement of a steaming service called HBOMAX came around, the pipedream of doing so, became a very real possibility. And nearly four months into 2020, the year the infamous Coronavirus was spreading, Warner Media had a need for exclusive content for their newly announced service, and the “Snyder Cut” was their ticket!
So they seized the opportunity, and announced Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
This announcement came on May 20th of 2020. And HBOMAX wouldn’t release it until March 18 of 2021. This project was so big and so vital to their streaming service that they announced it nearly a year ahead of time and also sunk in $70 million so Snyder could finish it the way he always envisioned.
Cut to today, the film was a massive critical success and has broken records across many streaming platforms across the world. And is even credited for boosting HBOMAX subscriptions for the first quarter of 2021. And not only that, a new hashtag began to trend: #RestoreTheSnyderVerse. Trending to up to 1.5 million tweets in 24 hours, this eclipsed the original hashtag of #ReleaseTheSnyderCut, which only trended under a million. And that was with the help of the main actors.
#RestoreTheSnyderVerse trended all by itself, proving the original vision for Snyder’s Justice League not only won the hearts and souls of fans alike, but also the casuals and general audience. And it was with this hashtag that many hope that Warner Bros and HBOMAX would allow Snyder to complete his vision for his Justice League saga, which was to conclude in Justice League 2&3.
But WB has different plans…
With an article coming out the week after the release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Warner Bros CEO, Ann Sarnoff said in an interview that the Snyder Verse had ended.
“I appreciate that they love Zack’s work and we are very thankful for his many contributions to DC. We’re just so happy that he could bring his cut of the “Justice League” to life because that wasn’t in the plan until about a year ago. With that comes the completion of his trilogy…”
This came as a surprise to many fans and even a bit premature considering the interview was likely done prior to the release of the film. But in the face of uncertainty, fans persisted to make their voices heard, continuing to trend #RestoreTheSnyderVerse, along with other hashtags like, #DeathstrokeHBOMAX and #MakeTheBatfleckMovie.
“CROSSING THE LINE”
But today, Warner Brother YouTube decided to share a trailer with us. And yes it’s that very film I mentioned in the beginning of the article, Justice League (2017), affectionately called, “Josstice League”.
Why did they share this trailer with us, I don’t know. And why WB thinks I would ever want to see that film again, let alone in 4K, is beyond me. But it’s become clear that the 2017 version of Justice League is THEIR version. And it seems like thats the one they want to stick with. And even though, there was more interest for a sequel to Snyder’s version than the Whedon version, WB seems to be held bent on sticking their heads in the sand and ignoring anything that has to do with Snyder. And Snyder knew this, saying:
“the reality is, as far as I know, there’s no interests and/or appetite to do more of these movies from Warner Bros. with me anyway.”
Some might read this and feel bad for Snyder, but if I’m being honest, I don’t. Because where he’s at now, with Netflix is a much better place. The fight for #ReleaseTheSnyderCut was always about artistic freedom and even when WB did release it, they didn’t learn a thing. Want to see a good example of artistic freedom look at Netflix. Where Snyder has his own Zombie-Verse being created with a feature film coming out in a month and a prequel film along with a prequel animated series set to debut later this year. If there’s any doubt to where Snyder is better off, just look at THIS trailer that Netflix decided to release. And I assure you, it’s not a trailer from a film that was made 4 years ago that everybody hates.
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With Army of the Dead being featured first, along with a cameo with Snyder at the end, it’s clear Netflix knows what they have with Snyder on their side. He himself is a brand and a maverick filmmaker that brings a lot of pedigree to their service. And meanwhile HBOMAX has yet to even release the numbers for his Justice League. But apparently they can release a trailer for Justice League (2017). Which Snyder wasn’t too happy about, to which he commented:
“Crossing the line”
Done messed up A A-Ron pic.twitter.com/LYCWcnhFXx
— Amateur Watcher (@OhioDavee) April 29, 2021
The audacity that WB has to promote their old version of Justice League while Snyder’s version had just been released is mind boggling. And considering what that films stands for, which is, the stripping away of a creators vision, a cultivation of an abusive on set culture, and an outright public failure on all accounts. Sharing a trailer for it, nearly 5 years after it’s release is downright disrespectful. And it shows that they still stand by their mistake.
Even with all the goodwill WB had for releasing the Snyder Cut, they continue to shoot themselves in the foot. And that’s why Snyder is better off with a company that actually values him. #RestoreTheSnyderVerse will always be the hope, but not with the current powers that be….
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