This is one of those stories that just won’t go the hell away. Obviously, you can see how I feel about this. If that response was too vague (there needs to be sarcastic font), you can read what I wrote about this a couple of weeks ago. After renewed pressure for “The Snyder Cut” of Justice League, Warner Bros. has decided to put some cold water on that whole hashtag petition.
Somewhere in the Twitter-sphere, many of the stars of that failed movie were joining the support to release the original cut of the movie. Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, and Ray Fisher took to Twitter to voice their support for a release of Zack Snyder’s original “vision” the movie. Well, according to THR, they gave it a cold and quick “no announcement of a release of any such cut is imminent.”
Now, there will be a swell of deniers that will take those words individually and say that it wasn’t a definitive ‘no’. Some would point that the answer was directed at Justice League being released on HBO Max next year with “The Snyder Cut”. However, that is studio speak for ‘never going to happen’.
From a business perspective, there is really no money in it. Particularly, after the year Warner Bros. (aka AT&T) has had, they will most likely not put good money after bad. That isn’t to say that a Director’s Cut of a film, that failed, would prove to be any better. Case in point is “The Ultimate Edition” of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
If a film needs a director’s cut to make more sense, then that should’ve been the released cut. The theatrical release was disjointed and rushed. Lacked a narrative vision. However, the director’s cut made some of the elements make more sense and a bit more coherent, but it was still a masturbatory fantasy of the director that didn’t know how to construct a film within a two hour narrative.
Zack Snyder is a poor man’s Michael Bay. The major problem is that Michael Bay knows what the audience wants and essentially delivers. Does that make the films better? Not by a long shot, but remember, Michael Bay did direct Bad Boys and The Rock before he became a caricature of what he is now.
As I said before (check the link above), there is no official “The Snyder Cut” of Justice League. The film was a long, director’s cut. That was before special effects were developed and reshoots. The idea that Warner Bros. would spend millions more to complete it and bring back Snyder to complete a film for a handful of Twitter users seems like a long shot. Unless a studio took away a film from a director and re-edit it for theatrical release, then only a director’s cut would be possible. But this isn’t one of those cases. Snyder had left for personal reasons, therefore he relinquished the movie to someone else.
Maybe this will die now.