“The heartbreaking and astonishing story behind the famous Justice League and how a powerful studio bowed to a movement led by its fans.”
Justice League, by Zack Snyder, is now real, thanks to the long campaign led by the filmmaker and his millions of supporters. Few expected a studio to spend so much money on what is basically a director’s cut.
Zack Snyder’s original vision for Justice League will be reaching HBO MAX in 2021, with the appropriate name of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, after so many petitions and the support of the entire cast of the film. Snyder had to drop out of the project in the middle of the shooting due to a family crisis, and Joss Whedon, who was already attached as a screenwriter, took over his responsibilities.
Let’s get into the complete story on Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
Justice League The Pre-story: Who is Joss Whedon?
Joss Whedon directed the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, he quit the MCU just after two films and went to DC to pick up the Justice League, but not where Snyder left off, but completely remade it with comprehensive rewrites and rushed reshoots, as the studio requested.
His Version of the Justice League Was a Major Letdown: Why?
This film was said to have more of the essence of Whedon than of Snyder’s. Although the film wasn’t bad, a film starring DC’s most popular characters should have been much better. In addition, the majority of the shots were deleted.
The film grossed $657 million worldwide, which seems incredible when you consider the nearly $300 million budget. But when you consider the projected $25 million for Whedon’s reworking, $100 million to $150 million in marketing expenses, and the significant cut that theatres take from the box office, a return of just $657 million is clearly a bad investment.
In a private screening, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder watched Whedon’s version. According to Snyder, they were very disappointed. It would have shattered Zack’s spirit, as exclaimed by Deborah.
Igniting the Snyder Cut Movement
Following this incident, the Snyder Cut trend exploded. With a billboard in New York’s Times Square, it expanded to gigantic proportions. Finally, Warner Bros. delivered their promise to fans with the notion that not only would it fulfill the wish of the fans, but it would also be a good way to promote WarnerMedia’s streaming platform, known as HBO Max.
Why was Snyder Criticized?
On the other hand, Snyder also directed the DC film universe’s Man of Steel and Batman v/s Superman. While the first received mixed reviews and was a commercial success, the second was poorly received but still did business. Snyder’s Batman and Superman were completely different from how most comic-book lovers and movie fans imagined them.
For example, Ben Affleck’s Batman was a ruthless killer but in most Batman stories, he follows a code that prohibits him from killing anyone, even the worst villains. Most fans did not approve of their favorite superheroes being fiddled with.
Snyder had a three-film proposal for Justice League and even though the script sounds super impressive, Warner Bros’ confidence in Snyder had already diminished due to his DC filmography’s mixed reviews and so Zack Snyder’s Justice League is probably his last collaboration with DC.