Justice League opened to a disappointing $94 at the domestic box office and has received mixed reviews, with the conflicting visions of director Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon – who was tasked with overseeing post-production work and reshoots on the film after Snyder stepped down following a family tragedy – being one of the common criticisms of the film. In response, many fans have petitioned Warner Bros. to release Zack Snyder’s original cut of Justice League and Batman stunt double Richard Cetrone has joined them in calling for Snyder’s vision to see a home video release.
Cetrone – who has performed as Ben Affleck’s stunt double for all of Batman’s appearances in the DC Extended Universe – shared a link to the petition asking to see Zack Snyder’s original cut on his Facebook page. In a comment on the same post, Cetrone clarified that he respects both Joss Whedon and composer Danny Elfman and is calling for Snyder’s cut of Justice League to be released out of support for his friend:
“So I probably should have written this when I put up this post, but I want to make it clear now. I have nothing against Joss Whedon. I have worked with Joss on multiple projects and I think he is a great director and he’s very easy to work with. I also have enjoyed Danny Elfman’s music for years going back to Oingo Boingo. So I agree with the cause, but not everything the person who wrote out the petition is stating. I posted it because I want to support my friend and do what I can to see that his version is released. You might say that is going to happen anyway, but that is not necessarily true. And if it does happen people should know that it is his version. When B v S “extended cut” was released that was actually the “Director’s cut” and in my opinion that’s how it should have been released.”
The blatantly obvious differences between the original footage and reshoots are certainly one of the reasons Justice League does not work – of which there are many – but frankly, the film looked problematic, to put it lightly, long before Joss Whedon was involved with the project. Having said that, while I am not convinced the original cut would be any better than the final product, I am curious to see how Snyder’s plan for Justice League would have unfolded, if only for the film to have some tonal consistency.
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Amber Heard, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, Willem Dafoe, Connie Nielsen, Julian Lewis Jones and Ciarán Hinds.
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Source: Richard Cetrone