Zack Snyder on Warner Bros’ original plans for his Justice League cut

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Justice League Zack Snyder director claims that Warner Bros original plans to release The Snyder Cut were far less ambitious.

Zack Snyder’s epic recut of 2017’s Justice League isn’t too far away now and with its release, a narrative that has rumbled on for years now will finally gain some closure. However, Snyder has been chatting about the process of getting his four hour opus into the world, following him leaving the original production and not overseeing the 2017 version’s final theatrical cut.

We already learned last week, via Deborah Snyder, that Warner Bros originally intended just to put out Snyder’s rough cut in the condition it was in, without further alteration and missing the bulk of the effects work that’s now been done. As she said, “when they approached us we had to come up with an idea of what it was because originally [the studio was] like ‘you can just put the cut [out] just the way it is… Zack’s like ‘no.’ It’s like a mish-mosh. The music we can’t use. If I’m going to do this, I’m going to do it the right way, or it’s not going to be the right way”.

Now Zack Snyder has added further detail to that conversation in a chat with Vanity Fair, stating that he didn’t trust the studio’s intentions and therefore wouldn’t release anything less than a complete version of his vision.

As he puts it, when asked by the studio why he wouldn’t release the unfinished film. “I go ‘here’s why. Three reasons: One, you get the internet off your back, which is probably your main reason for wanting to do this. Two, you get to feel vindicated for making things right, I guess, on some level. And then three, you get a shitty version of the movie that you can point at and go ‘see? It’s not that good anyway. So maybe I was right’. I was like, no chance. I would rather just have the Snyder cut be a mythical unicorn for all time”.

Snyder’s points make sense. They also point to his sense of resentment with the studio for the way his exit from the original production was handled, given that he was dealing with a family tragedy at the time. The director’s decision to hold out yielded fruit and eventually, the studio stumped up $70m to restore The Snyder Cut to a completed state that we’ll soon be able to watch.

The film is set to release on March 18th, although as yet we are still waiting on exact UK release details but we’ll let you know when we hear them. It will be making its way to the UK on the 18th, though.

Vanity Fair

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