DC Universe’s biggest stars are now officially on the bandwagon to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut, and it might finally come to screens everywhere!
Warner Bros.’s highest budgeted film of 2017, Justice League, hit theaters to become one of the studio’s biggest disappointments. Sunday, two years later, several more DC films have released and yet, the number 1 trending hashtag on Twitter, with over 600k tweets, was #ReleaseTheSnyderCut.
This call to action has been around for a while, but Sunday succeeded in reaching many of the stars of Justice League themselves with tweets from Ray Fisher (Cyborg), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Ben Affleck (Batman), the film’s composer, Junkie XL, and the head of DC Entertainment, Diane Nelson, all using the hashtag.
Justice League’s production history was complicated to say the least with Director Zack Snyder announcing he’d be stepping away from the film on May 22nd, 2017 due to the passing of his daughter in March of that year. This prompted WB to hire director/writer Joss Whedon (The Avengers) to finish the project. Justice League had been mostly completed with Snyder reportedly having a “rough cut of Justice League for fellow filmmakers and friends” earlier that year. That cut had a reported runtime of 3 hours.
When Snyder stepped away, WB President Toby Emmerich and Snyder had agreed not to push the November 17th release date.
In an emotional interview with the Hollywood Reporter Zack stated “In my mind, I though it was a cathartic thing to go back to work, to just bury myself and see if that was the way through it… The demands of this job are pretty intense. It is all-consuming. And in the last two months, I’ve come to the realization … I’ve decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me. They are all having a hard time. I’m having a hard time.”
It appeared Whedon was going to finish what Snyder started, as well as a few reshoots, but this was not the case. Whedon told The Washington Times he reshot “15, 20 percent of the movie,” but rumors suggest he altered way more than that.
The studio ordered Whedon to make the film’s runtime under 2 hours – cutting an hour from Snyder’s original footage. Whedon is still an uncredited co-director of the project, but one thing is clear: he made significant changes to Snyder’s original cut.
Since the film’s disappointing release, fans have flooded social media with #ReleaseTheSnyderCut under the belief the original film WB advertised was not the one they ultimately got. What seemed like another group of angry fans, developed into something different in October of 2019. Since then, #ReleaseTheSnyderCut has grown into a global movement about much more than seeing an original edit of a film.
When Snyder stepped down from the film after his family’s tragedy, he was met with an outpouring of sympathy over social media. Snyder thanked the fans by sharing on Vero that he is “humbled by the outpouring and support #afsp”.“AFSP” standing for “American Foundation for Suicide Prevention”. At this year’s New York Comic Con, a campaign for Snyder’s Cut raised $15k for suicide prevention.
Even if we never see the Snyder Cut, the movement has already succeeded in getting the stars of the film to acknowledge it and be on board with having the cut released.
So now what? Snyder has the cut, fans want it, and the cast wants it! The ball is in Warner Bros. court. Normally it would seem ridiculous for a studio to release a complete alternate cut of a big film, especially in a current on-going cinematic universe, except that might not matter anymore.
The standalone $62 million budget film Joker just surpassed $1 Billion at the Box Office, Matt Reeves The Batman film is moving forward with an all-star cast that is separate from this Justice League movie-universe, and James Gunn is making a new Suicide Squad film that will retcon the first one. Out of all of these projects fans are still talking about the Snyder Cut. WB has nothing to loose!
There are endless possibilities for the release, but all signs point to Warner Bros. upcoming streaming service HBO Max, which arrives on May 2020. What a great way to secure a massive amount of subscriber’s day one by debuting the Snyder Cut on the platform!
As of now there are two DC films scheduled for 2020, with Birds of Prey slated for February 7th and Wonder Woman 1984 for June 5th. We think a May release for film #3 would be perfect.
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