DC’s Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee has confirmed the company has no plans to continue building on the cinematic continuity established by Zack Snyder, known to fans as the SnyderVerse.
The state of the DCEU’s continuity – and particularly the canonicity of Zack Snyder’s Justice League over 2017’s theatrical cut of Justice League – has been in question for a while now. Elements from Zack Snyder’s DC films have continued to appear in new releases, but DC has seemed eager to move in a new direction.
Speaking at San Diego Comic-Con, DC Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee has confirmed the company will not continue to build on the story told in Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
Crisis In the SnyderVerse
A recent report on the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement, which saw Zack Snyder’s version of Justice League being released on HBO Max, has shone a light on the number of fake accounts that contributed to the movement and a lot of behind-the-scenes drama between Snyder and Warner Bros.
The report’s revelations made future collaborations between Zack Snyder and DC seem unlikely. Now, Jim Lee has confirmed that Zack Snyder’s Justice League marks the end of the so-called SnyderVerse.
Speaking at San Diego Comic-Con, Lee said:
“You know, what’s amazing is that we spent two years in lockdown – and here we are, back at a convention, celebrating the art form, feeling good… I work on the projects that are in development. And so, I think the Snyder Cut was Zack’s vision realized, and it was a really satisfying story told, but there’s no plans for additional work on that material.
“So, I was happy to help contribute to the pitch for the other stuff, and it was kind of fun to actually see that stuff get out there, ’cause I did that years ago and I actually thought it had been erased, but they had kept it in storage.”
Jim Lee’s comments can be heard in full in the video below:
Given the drama that erupted between Zack Snyder, the stars of Justice League and Warner Bros. over the making of the original version of the film and the Snyder cut, it is not surprising to hear DC are not looking to build any further on the film.
This is not to say the overarching continuity started by Snyder’s DC films has been abandoned – the upcoming Shazam: Fury of the Gods, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom and The Flash all appear to take place within that same universe (though The Flash may be shaking it up), but it sounds like Snyder’s own Justice League plans will not be continued.
Here is the synopsis for Zack Snyder’s Justice League:
“In ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE, determined to ensure Superman’s (Henry Cavill) ultimate sacrifice was not in vain, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) aligns forces with Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) with plans to recruit a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions. The task proves more difficult than Bruce imagined, as each of the recruits must face the demons of their own pasts to transcend that which has held them back, allowing them to come together, finally forming an unprecedented league of heroes. Now united, Batman (Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) may be too late to save the planet from Steppenwolf, DeSaad and Darkseid and their dreadful intentions.”
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