Justice League Snyder Cut: The history of how Zack Snyder's magnanimous vision suffered & eventually triumphed

Ahead of Zack Snyder's Justice League's release on HBO Max, we take a look at the chaotic history behind the famous Snyder Cut.
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*Trigger Warning*

Unless you've been living under a rock, you have certainly heard about the 'Snyder Cut'. It's a term that was bestowed upon the portions of Warner Bros.' Justice League which were originally shot by director Zack Snyder before his exit from the project. One may even say that it was a massive fan campaign that finally led us here to a point where the director's cut is now being released on the streaming platform HBO Max. Considered to be the cherished labour of love for Zack, the film's release can somewhat be a cause for celebration as his creative vision finally finds its audience.

After Snyder stepped down from the project, following a family tragedy, Warner Bros. tasked Joss Whedon with rewrites and reshoots that eventually ended up with him directing the film. While Whedon's version of the film released in theatres in 2017, several DC fans were left unimpressed by it and soon called Warner Bros. to release the original cut helmed by Snyder. Thus - The Snyder Cut found its name. But there's much more to this story so let's take a look at how it all unfolded.

Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder combo

It all started with the Warner Bros. studio putting their trust in Zack Snyder to set DCEU (DC Extended Universe) apart from their counterpart, MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). Snyder's previous works such as 300 showed his ability to have a wide vision and a gritty take and hence the director was soon brought on board for Man of Steel (2013), followed by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Although it is widely believed that after the latter failed to deliver at box office, things began to go south between the director and the studio.

Snyder's step down from Justice League

In March 2017, Zack had to face a devastating tragedy as his daughter Autumn died by suicide. Following the traumatic incident, the director continued to work on the film for a while but eventually stepped down releasing a statement saying, "I’ve decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me," via THR.

From pre-production to re-shoots

After Snyder's exit, the film which was at the pre-production stage was taken over by The Avengers director Joss Whedon. The film's original tone was considered to be more historical and dark whereas Whedon's cut was reportedly changed to a lighter one. Many viewers accused it of having a 'Marvel-like' feel to it.

Support for Snyder Cut's release

After Whedon's Justice League failed to appeal DCEU fans, an online petition was filed asking Warner Bros. to release the original cut of the film. While fans continued to demand the film's release for over four years, the film's lead cast including Jason Momoa, Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, Ray Fisher shared supportive social media posts for its release.

Pandemic and the HBO Max deal

With everything including theatres coming to a close in March 2020 due to COVID-19,  Warner Bros. struck a deal with HBO Max, promising a simultaneous release for its 2021 releases in theatres as well as the streaming platform, via The Verge. Thus, also bringing the Snyder Cut to the streaming platform. Hasn't it been quite a journey for this film?

Zack Snyder's Justice League is now slated to premiere on HBO Max on March 18. DCEU fans are claiming the release day of the film to be a victorious one thanks to their triumphant efforts to urge the studios for its release.

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