Zack Snyder Courts Fresh Controversy With Mussolini Quote In ‘Justice League’ Post

Not the best PR strategy.

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Zack Snyder has come under fire yet again as he took to social media to promote the digital release of his director’s cut of Justice League using a quote from infamous fascist Benito Mussolini.

This latest controversy comes following a report from Rolling Stone that exposed the underhand tactics and toxic behavior of the online #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement and the director’s alleged role in his supporters’ activities.

In the wake of this report, Zack Snyder has soldiered on in promoting the digital release of Justice League, but did so with a particularly poor choice of words.

Zack Snyder’s Injustice League

Taking to Vero, a social media platform he is particularly known for using, Zack Snyder shared a new poster for his director’s cut of Justice League.

The poster is, of course, in black and white and shows a film canister with the Justice League “JL” shield emblazoned on its lid. Over the top of this image, however, is wording taken from a quote from Benito Mussolini: “If I advance; follow me. If I retreat; kill me. If I die; avenge me!”

While popularized by the Italian fascist, the quote supposedly originated from a similarly illiberal historical figure, Henri de la Rochejaquelein, a royalist who opposed the efforts of the French Revolution to end feudalism and install greater democracy in France.

While Zack Snyder’s intentions in using the quote are not made clear in his post, it could be speculated that the director is looking to add fuel to the flames of controversy in an effort to once again rally his fervent online supporters.

Snyder shared the same image on Twitter, minus the quote. Given fewer Snyder detractors and more fans seem to be active on Vero, this certainly suggests the director was aware of the reaction the quote was likely to inspire.

Whatever Snyder was thinking when sharing this image and quote, it is clearly not a good look for a director already mired in allegations of threatening Warner Bros. executives.

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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