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May 20, 2020

The Long Promoted, Semi-Mythical "Snyder Cut" of the Justice League is Real, it Is Funded, and It Is Debuting in 2021

If you don't know the backstory:

Justice League is/was one of the biggest bombs in Hollywood history, hated by critics, equally scorned by fans, and losing a ton of money. How much money, Warner Bros. won't say. It's hard to know when the film cost a huge (but unspecified) amount of money just for reshoots.

Zack Snyder either left the production most of the way through due to the suicide of his daughter, or (as I suspect) was fired from the fim with the studio using the death of the daughter as cover story.

Male Feminist (and, ergo, Sex Pest) Joss Whedon was brought in to write stupid jokes for the movie and film those, and to direct the reshoots.

The reshoots were not just a scene here or there. The movie had very extensive reshoots to simplify the story and reduce the number of scenes in it, because Warner Bros. mandated that the movie must not be longer than two hours, and Justice League was shot to be something closer to three hours.

Zack Snyder's fans have always believed -- or hoped -- that Snyder's original film (which, note, was never actually completed) was actually good.

Hence, Snyder's fans have been urging Warner Bros to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut for, wow, probably like four years at this point.

And... Warner Bros has listened?

Now, as I said, the theatrical Justice League was cobbled together from some of Snyder's material and Wheedon's terrible reshoots. And any Synder material that was cut before final post-production would not have key special effects or sound effects or score.

So that means that any kind of "Snyder Cut" would have to have a lot of money put into it just to complete the footage they'd be reassembling for a new edit.

Well, improbably, $20 million has been budgeted to complete post-production, special effects, score, and editing of a Snyder Cut.

A cut of a movie that already failed, which is part of an extended franchise universe that most expect will be put on ice and rebooted in a year or two anyway.

Which will be released on HBOMax (HBO's new extra fee premium-upon-premium service), supposedly in 2021.

Will it be any good good? Probably not! Man of Steel and Dawn of Justice both showed that Snyder's vision for the DC Universe was... the Watchmen Universe, which had already been filmed.

As Jenny Nicholson snarked: "Someone should send a copy of Watchmen to Zack Snyder, I think he'd like it." Synder also directed Watchmen, of course. Znyder's DC Universe movies were basically the Watchmen redone, but this time with DC's most popular heroes.

But as many people, including myself, say: Even though Snyder's cut is probably a dour, sluggish, ponderous, dark, grimy, pretentious mess, it could not be worse than the Wheedon abortion.

As Trump says: What's the worse that could happen?

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