It seems as though almost everyone on the internet has called the SnyderVerse fanbase “toxic” in their campaign for the Snyder Cut. Zack Snyder finally breaks his silence on the debate.
The idea that the SnyderVerse fans are toxic seems almost bigger than the campaign for the Snyder Cut itself. Not only is it a sentiment taken as gospel across the internet, but it serves as the punchline for a joke in the Barbie movie of all things. However, it seems not everyone agrees with the sentiment, with Zack Snyder insisting that his fanbase did good even in spite of their reputation:
“I’m not going to comment on the details of whether they are good or bad, whether they are toxic or bullying,” Snyder explained in a recent profile for The Hollywood Reporter. “That’s in every chat room. It’s what comes with the internet. But I do know that the work they did on some level was good. I can say for a fact that they did good. That is undeniable.”
It’s no secret that the comic book community online is severely toxic, no matter which way you slice it. So there’s certainly no denying that some element of the SnyderVerse fanbase is toxic as well. However, Zack Snyder is right in saying that they have done great things, from the “Full Circle” event raising funds for suicide prevention to actually getting the Snyder Cut released. It seems fanbases, much like justice, aren’t black and white. They’re grey.
The SnyderVerse era is over for now
The term “SnyderVerse” refers to the interconnected film universe that Zack Snyder created, which began with Man of Steel and continued with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. Those plans have been scrapped in favor of an interconnected DC Universe consisting of film, television, animation and video game projects, with James Gunn and Peter Safran at the helm.
Despite its mixed reception, the SnyderVerse has a dedicated fanbase that appreciates Zack Snyder’s DC Universe vision. Fans have praised the SnyderVerse films for their darker tone and mature storytelling. They have also criticized Warner Bros. and DC’s interference with Snyder’s DCU plans, which they believe resulted in the lackluster final product of Justice League.
In 2021, Zack Snyder released his four-hour long Justice League cut on the WarnerMedia streaming service HBO Max. His version of Justice League was well received by fans and critics alike, who praised its improvement over the original version of the movie, which was overseen by Joss Whedon. The release of the Snyder Cut has reignited interest in the SnyderVerse and sparked speculation about its future.
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