Jared Leto’s Joker is bestowed with a crown of thorns in the latest images from Zack Snyder’s Justice League
The countdown is on until the release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League. The 4-hour DC extravaganza is just under a month away, and the promotional train is charging ahead at full steam. Ahead of its March 18 release, Vanity Far has peeled back the curtain and revealed the unfiltered truth about the project. And in the process, has revealed a new look at Jared Leto’s Joker sporting a crown of thorns. Check it out below:
The article also digs into the behind-the-scenes drama going on between Snyder and Warner Bros. A fractured relationship that eventually led Snyder to step away leaving Joss Whedon to come in and reshoot over 75% of the movie. A decision that well and truly backfired on the studio. After giving Snyder creative control over Man Of Steel and Batman v Superman, Warner Bros. grew disillusioned with his vision. And by the time Justice League went before the cameras, the studio appointed executives to babysit him on set. And even hired Joss Whedon for rewrites.
The studio scrapped a proposed romance between Bruce Wayne and Lois Lane. And then demanded a two-hour cut of the film. Something Snyder was unwilling to commit to.
“The intention was that Bruce fell in love with Lois and then realized that the only way to save the world was to bring Superman back to life,” says Snyder. “So he had this insane conflict, because Lois, of course, was still in love with Superman.
We had this beautiful speech where [Bruce] said to Alfred: ‘I never had a life outside the cave. I never imagined a world for me beyond this. But this woman makes me think that if I can get this group of gods together, then my job is done. I can quit. I can stop.’ And of course, that doesn’t work out for him.”
After seeing the rough cut of the movie, the studio informed Snyder that Whedon would be directing reshoots. That’s when Snyder conceded and stepped away. Albeit reluctantly. The rest as they say is history, and Whedon delivered a completely new movie. One that Warner Bros. executives knew wasn’t up to scratch. An anonymous source told Vanity Fair:
“When we got to see what Joss actually did, it was stupefying. The robber on the rooftop — so goofy and awful. The Russian family — so useless and pointless. Everyone knew it. It was so awkward because nobody wanted to admit what a piece of shit it was.”
Over time, bridges have been built and relationships rekindled. And Snyder has been given the chance to complete what we now know as “The Snyder Cut”. And after talking the studio out of dropping the rough footage online as a one-off. Snyder managed to talk them into giving him the $70 million required to finish his version. Those finishing touches included bringing in Jared Leto’s Joker for:
“A sequence set on a ruined Earth after the alien tyrant Darkseid invades and decimates the planet. It’s a dream sequence, a psychic vision, experienced by Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne that reveals what will happen if the superheroes fail to stop the onslaught. Joker is sort of the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come, supplying motivation through terror”
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Snyder first explored the dream sequence in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. And the additional photography has afforded Jared Leto’s clown prince of crime the chance at a clean slate. To exsponge the divisive reaction to his “studio handled” debut in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad.
The film stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, and Ray Fisher. Alongside Ciaran Hinds, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J.K. Simmons, Joe Morton, Jesse Eisenberg, and Joe Manganiello. Amber Heard, Harry Lennix, Kiersey Clemons, Willem Dafoe, Zheng Kai, Karen Bryson, Peter Guinness, Ray Porter, Marc McClure, and Leto make up the cast.
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Source: Vanity Fair
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