Having released his cut of Justice League in 2021, Zack Snyder is now wanting to release a director’s cut of Sucker Punch.
Based on Snyder’s recent comments, it seems we may eventually get another ‘Snyder Cut’ – this time of Sucker Punch. The 2011 action/fantasy film follows Babydoll (played by Emily Browning), a girl incarcerated in a mental asylum who escapes by imagining alternate realities with four other girls. In their various imagined scenarios, they try to find the items they need to physically escape.
Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens and Jamie Chung also star in the film as the girls Babydoll befriends. Carla Gugino, Oscar Isaac and Jon Hamm play medical personnel working at the asylum.
It’s often quite surreal, and the ending of the film in particular was changed at Warner Bros’ request.
Extra footage from Sucker Punch was added to an extended Blu-ray release, adding 18 minutes to the theatrical cut. However, Snyder has expressed that he wants to restore the movie’s original ending for a director’s cut release of the film.
In an interview with Letterboxd, the director revealed how this ending played out:
“I’ve never gotten around to doing the director’s cut. I still plan to at some point. But in the original ending, when Babydoll is in the chair in the basement with Blue – she’s already been lobotomized – when the cop shines the light on her, the set breaks apart and she stands up and she sings a song on stage. Yeah. She sings, ‘Ooh, Child, things are gonna get easier.’ Blondie, and all the people that have been killed, join in and it’s the idea that in a weird way, even though she’s lobotomized, she’s kind of stuck in this infinite loop of euphoric victory. It’s weirdly not optimistic and optimistic at the same time. That’s kind of what the tone was at the end. We tested it and the studio thought it was too weird, so we changed it.”
Of course, there’s nothing confirmed regarding a director’s cut of the film, but perhaps, much like Zack Snyder’s Justice League, the idea of a director’s cut of Sucker Punch might gain enough momentum to eventually happen.
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