Zack Snyder revealed in a recent interview that he had concerns Warner Bros. would sue him over hyping up his cut of Justice League.
There are few success stories in the entertainment industry that trump the power of the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement. After the initial wave of disappointment from Joss Whedon’s theatrical cut of Justice League washed over viewers, die-hard fans rallied together to help Zack Snyder’s vision see the light of day. Of course, this wasn’t just an effort from fans — Snyder himself was adding fuel to the fire. The architect of the DCEU posted numerous photos and designs that helped tease what his version of Justice League looked like and fans ate it all up.
In a recent interview with The Times to discuss his upcoming Netflix project Army of the Dead, the topic of DC fans who supported the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement came up. General fans and the media have held mixed feelings over those who wanted Zack Snyder’s vision to come to life, with some labeling them as toxic for targeting Warner Bros. employees. Whatever you may think of their attitudes and methods, Snyder’s fans have done some good. Namely, they donated lots of money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a foundation near to the Justice League director’s heart. When asked directly what he thought about his fans, Snyder had nothing but positive things to say.
“Here’s the reality. That fandom raised $750,000 for suicide prevention and mental health awareness. They’ve saved lives. That’s a fact, but on the other hand, was it fun to provoke them? For a clickable thing? Yes. And they were an easy target. But they continue to raise money. There are not a lot of fan communities whose primary objective, other than seeing work of a guy they like, realized their other main thing was to bring awareness to mental health and suicide prevention. For me, it’s kind of hard to be mad at them.”
Warner Bros. eventually caved and let fans get the coveted Zack Snyder Cut of Justice League, but the director held anxieties over what the studio would do about him posting images of the film on the social media platform Vero.
“I was more worried the studio would sue me. Do something to silence me.”
In the end, cooler heads prevailed and Warner Bros. allowed Zack Snyder and the fans to get exactly what they wanted with Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which came out to ceremonious fanfare. Some might disagree with the methods the fandom put into practice, but their intentions were largely positive, especially when it came to raising money for a charity that helps shed a light on mental health.
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Here is the official synopsis for the Zack Snyder cut:
“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.”
Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J. K. Simmons and Ciarán Hinds.
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Source: The Times