September 27, 2023
Justice League The Snyder Cut Coming to HBO Max

The stars of Justice League unite to call upon Warner Bros. to release the infamous Snyder Cut!

Whether you loved it or hated it, Justice League succeeded in bringing together many of the biggest comic-book superheroes of all time. Zack Snyder’s dark, gritty and expansive multiverse from Man of Steel and Batman vs Superman laid the groundwork for what was billed as his crowning achievement … the culmination of years of hard work. But sadly, tragedy and behind the scenes turmoil found the director stepping aside and opening the door for Joss Whedon to come in and practically alter the entire project into a bizarre hybrid of stories which failed to gel together and delight its core audience.

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Ultimately, the movie failed at the box office and was panned by critics and fans alike. Thus, in direct response to Whedon’s derided alterations, a campaign was launched calling upon Warner Bros. to release the elusive original cut which has been affectionately dubbed “The Snyder Cut”. Over the past two years, the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut campaign has gathered momentum and today, to mark the two years anniversary since the movie’s release, the superheroes themselves have united to call upon Warner Bros. to give the fans what they want.

Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot has taken to social media to show her support for the campaign which was instantly supported by Zack Snyder himself. Former Batman, Ben Affleck swiftly followed suit and pledged his allegiance to the cause, and Ray Fisher who played Cyborg chimed in to voice his support.

And if that wasn’t enough, Suicide Squad director David Ayer also pledged his support, all the while furthering his calls to release “his cut” of Suicide Squad.

And then … Zack Snyder followed up with an inspirational rallying call.

Now, I do not proclaim to be the biggest Zack Snyder fan. In fact, I can just about tolerate Man of Steel, and as much as the ultimate edition of Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice improved upon the theatrical cut, something still doesn’t sit right with me. In all honesty, I feel that Snyder has demonstrated an incredible knack at producing a glorious incarnation of Batman, but his approach toward Superman has been utterly clueless. If we could take the Superman from Justice League (which closely resembles Christopher Reeve’s take on the character) and the Batman from Batman vs Superman, we’d have the definitive take on both characters, but instead, we are left with a missed opportunity with the Man of Steel and a Joss Whedon character assassination for the Dark Knight.

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Therefore, I find myself firmly rooted in the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut camp. It is high time the fans are rewarded with the cut they deserve and an artists vision be shown as intended. Despite offering some wonderful moments, Justice League was far from what the audience was expecting and I feel the time is perfect for both versions to be made available for the public to dissect and scrutinize to our heart’s content. With the continuity of the “Snyder-Verse” now dissolved, releasing the “Snyder Cut” will do no harm to the current crop of DC movies filling multiplexes around the world and would undoubtedly boost the revenue stream for Warner Bros.

Justice League | The #ReleaseTheSnyderCut Campaign Gains Momentum

Either way, love it or hate it, the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut campaign is gaining momentum with fans and stars alike, and as long as the protestations signify a united fanbase campaigning for an artists work to be presented as intended then surely there is no reason not to fulfil the wishes of the masses.

Watch this space…


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Phil Roberts is the Owner, Daily Content Manager and Editor of Future of the Force. He is passionate about Star Wars, Batman, Star Trek, Indiana Jones, King Kong, and the Ray Harryhausen movies. Follow him on Twitter @philthecool where he uses the force frequently!


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