The DCEU fandom have been, to put it mildly, a lot over the past few years. You’ll be hard-pressed to find even one critic or pop culture writer who hasn’t faced their wrath on social media over the most minor of perceived slights. Nowadays, DC’s movies seem to be on steadier ground, both critically and commercially, as the franchise steps further away from the style and long-term plans of one Zack Snyder. It was he who had essentially been given the creative reins of this saga to define its aesthetic, morals, and thematic evolution, and while there are some viewers who adored what he was selling, the general consensus was that the wider public was not enthused.
Snyder stepped down from finishing Justice League after the tragic death of his daughter, and Joss Whedon stepped in to complete the job, although Snyder still received sole directorial credit. The completed movie wasn’t DC’s worst-reviewed endeavor but, somehow, it felt like the biggest disappointment: A mish-mash of reshoots and harsh editing in search of a cohesive whole, complete with Henry Cavill’s weird CGI chin and Ben Affleck’s continued slide into despair.
The ‘Snyder Cut’ of Justice League has reached near-mythic proportions now, helped along by Snyder claiming it does indeed exist at various conventions. Now, some of the movie’s stars are tweeting in support of the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut campaign that’s been clogging up Twitter for months.
Honestly, I was originally indifferent because Justice League was before my time. But the DCEU fans are relentless and their passion has got me kinda amped up!! I think it just might be time to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut— Yahya Abdul-Mateen 2 (@yahya) November 18, 2019
(Desaturated pic included for continuity and solidarity) lol pic.twitter.com/pjIEHmsfjd
Even some Marvel folks got in on the action.
And, of course, Zack Snyder himself.
So, is this thing actually going to get released at any point in time? Does it even really exist?
There are a few theories in play here. Perhaps the cut does exist and this totally spontaneous tweet-along is promo for an impending release, maybe for HBO Max? Or it could be that this is Snyder flexing his muscle to get Warner Bros. to allow him time and money to compile as close to a Snyder cut as he can. Maybe they’re just happily pandering to that fan-base, especially at a time when DC is most currently associated with Joker, a Snyder-esque title that otherwise has nothing to do with his franchise. It remains to be seen if there’s wider interest in such a cut, or if it’s financially or legally feasible for Warner Bros. to do so. Whatever happens, I doubt it’ll get people to stop tweeting about it.
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