Ever since the Justice League movie underperformed in the box office and failed to continue the DCEU plans of expanding the universe and making it cohesive and consistent, people have been talking about the Snyder cut. For those not in touch with the pop culture ecosystem, the director of Justice League Zack Snyder was replaced during the post production with Joss Wheedon, most famously known for his outstanding work for the MCU.
Zac Snyder faced harsh criticism from fans who did not like his take on beloved superheroes created by DC comics. His Man of Steel was a controversial movie that made some people really interested in what a creator like Snyder can bring to the table. However, his follow-up movie Batman V Superman was not really received well. People criticized it for confusing storytelling, weak world-building, and dark tone.
Justice League trailers were met with heavy criticism as well. At some point, Zack Snyder stepped down as a director due to a personal tragedy. He was promptly replaced by Joss Wheedon who created The Avengers and The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Both works were warmly received by fans of the MCU and collected over two billion dollars in the box office collectively. Joss Wheedon was full of energy and immediately started with reshoots and overhaul of the movie mostly finished by Snyder.
The new version of the film had a new color filter that was supposed to make the movie a little bit lighter and a bunch of jokes added in post production. When the movie was released and hit the theaters, people were appalled at the disjointed narrative and weird tone of the movie coupled with uneven pacing and bad CGI. The rain of criticism did not stop for a whole year with fans bashing the movie for nearly every single aspect of it.
Amidst the seemingly endless stream of backlash, several fans started demanding to see the Snyder cut. Some believed that the version of the movie conceived by Zac Snyder was finished and had been laying somewhere in the storerooms of Warner Bros studios. The studio answered with silence. Some people in the trades received confirmations that the cut indeed exists albeit not fully finished. As the news started pouring, the fans became restless and started creating petitions to make the Snyder cut public.
Zac Snyder actually somewhat confirmed that his version of the film exists and can be finished with a couple of reshoots and editing tricks. Well, Ray Fisher who plays Cyborg in the movie decided to add a little bit more oil to the fire and said that people who believe that the Snyder cut is a figment of collective imagination are trolls. He said so while streaming on Twitch from home isolation due to the coronavirus outbreak. He told the audience that the cut exists.
Interestingly enough, Ray Fisher is not the only actor who supports the idea of releasing the Snyder cut of the film. There are several really important speculations about the reshoots and edits that Joss Wheedon applied to the movie that definitely explain why even actors would like to see the version from Snyder.
First of all, jokes added to the script did not really mesh well with the tone of the film. One of the worst jokes that many moviegoers point out is the one where Flash falls on Wonder Woman’s breasts and then feels uncomfortable receiving a smile from Wonder Woman. The number of butt-shots of Gal Gadot added by Joss Wheedon also did not please the fans who wanted to see a little bit more style and class from a DC movie.
Secondly, many actors signed to work with Zac Snyder specifically. While viewers generally understood that Whedon was not at fault for the quality of the film that he was hired to alter and recut, many actors were initially hyped to work with Zack Snyder and thought that he was doing a fine job with the movie. Wheedon’s attempts at turning a Snyder movie into a Wheedon movie definitely were not warmly welcomed by the cast which is evident from Ben Affleck who ultimately decided to step down from the franchise.
Finally, a lot of footage featuring characters of the movie (most notably Aquaman and Cyborg) was cut down. The final version of the movie is considerably shorter (about 30%) than the Snyder version and has a lot of scenes pivotal for the plot completely removed. For example, several Cyborg’s action scenes and character-building moments were cut as well as some important team-building scenes.
Fans are obviously very interested in the version that Snyder wanted to release. The movie we have now is not good for any measurement. It is a poorly written and horrendously edited movie that makes from little to no sense and does not compliment the DCEU in any way of form. The biggest issue many had with the team-up movie is that its tone is just not fitting the previously established tone set by Man of Steel and Batman V Superman.
Many fans actually welcomed the change to a dark tone and hopelessness of the DCEU that was a direct counter to the cheerful and bright MCU. Some fans were convinced that the idea of a bleaker and grimmer cinematic universe was the only bankable option for Warner Bros if they wanted to compete with the MCU while having a unique identity. Obviously, we don’t like copycats and that is why many people were excited when they saw Man of Steel and Batman V Superman. While not the best of movies out there, they were distinctly different from what the MCU usually delivers to the theaters.
Both fans and actors are absolutely on board with watching the Snyder cut. Zac himself hinted at the possibility of releasing the cut if the company wants to do so. However, he also added that several additions to the film were needed both in terms of CGI and even a couple of scenes to make the experience fully. He clarified that reshoots are not pivotal yet preferential but the existing footage is enough to make his cut a reality. Some fans said that even changing the color grading would completely alter the way we perceive the movie which can.
Hopefully, Zack Snyder will be allowed to make his version of the Justice League. As the hunger for new content will only grow amidst the pandemic, it is a real possibility that Warner Bros will consider making Snyder’s cut a piece of our reality!