DC fans clamoring for Warner Bros. to release Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League have come together in support of an online petition, which has now passed 100,000 signatures.
The Change.org petition was started by a fan who was disappointed with the theatrical cut that was released last week. The film’s well-documented production woes led to Joss Whedon taking over for director Zack Snyder to reshoot several key scenes and retool some of Chris Terrio’s script.
The decision to have a runtime under 2 hours clearly left a lot of fans dissatisfied, with many of the scenes and lines of dialogue from the trailers completely missing from the finished film.
Additionally, Danny Elfman took over for composer Junkie XL. Elfman’s decision to incorporate some of the classic Batman and Superman themes into his Justice League score, rather than use pre-established DC Extended Universe themes from Hans Zimmer’s work on Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, was also a disappointment for many of the fans.
Here is an excerpt of the mission statement set forth by the petition’s original creator:
“We request that Warner Bros. restores the removed scenes and original vision that Zack had for the film before his departure. Much like Richard Donner’s Superman II and Zack Snyder Batman v Superman, it is the responsibility of WB to right their wrongs and release the uncompromised vision of their filmmakers. We feel this is a simple matter of integrity. Zack Snyder left a film he spent over half a decade building toward because of a tragedy. Fans were assured by Executives and Producers that Whedon’s addition would only be to service and complete Snyder’s vision. Instead, the Justice League film released was a disrespectful overhaul in an attempt to pander to the widest audience. As the box office and critical reception has shown, pandering to the masses is not a sound strategy. The greatest stories are the ones told with conviction. Upwards of 94,000 fans have signed and that number continues to grow rapidly. In short, we ask Warner Bros. to release a Director’s Cut of Zack Snyder’s Justice League.”
Do you think that Warner Bros. will pay attention to the request and release a “Zack Synder cut” at some point in the future, or were the alterations made to the film simply too drastic to undo? Let us know what you think in the comment below!
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 is now in theaters and stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Amber Heard, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, Connie Nielsen, Joe Morton, Diane Lane and Ciarán Hinds.