Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck Join Fans In Pressuring Warner To 'Release The Snyder Cut' Of 'Justice League'
Two years after the release of the critical flop 'Justice League', the cast have riled up fans of director Zach Snyder.
'Justice League' was supposed to be Warner Bros' answer to Marvel's box office dominance, and a response to the widespread success of the ensemble 'Avengers' films.
Ultimately, it was a critical flop and the DC Extended Universe's second-lowest grossing film.
The film was panned, but many defenders of the director -- Zach Snyder -- pointed out that he stepped down midway through the making of the film following a tragedy in his family.
When Snyder left the film, Joss Whedon came in and the movie underwent major reshoots which also included the now-infamous use of CGI to remove Henry Cavill's moustache.
The film was such a failure that Warner began to re-think their approach to the DC properties, moving away from Marvel's 'extended universe' framework and, instead, attempting to release single features.
But since the film's failure, diehard Snyder fans have maintained that a secret original version of the film exists, which has since been called 'the Snyder Cut', a version that the studio has never officially confirmed exists.
Snyder has stoked the flames of theories that his original version would have been far superior to the finished product Whedon and Warner Bros released in cinemas through his use of the social media site Vero.
Snyder routinely shares production stills and behind-the-scenes shots on Vero, hinting at potential storylines that were dropped or altered in the reshooting process.
Warner has never officially acknowledged the Snyder cut but when Kevin Tsujihara stepped down as chairman of Warner and Ann Sarnoff stepped into the role, fans fired up again demanding the release of the cut.
And now, two years after the release of 'Justice League', it appears the cast of the film are rallying behind the director.
Across social media, Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, Jason Momoa and Ray Fisher have all begun sharing photos and tweets using the hashtag #ReleaseTheSnyderCut.
Henry Cavill and Ezra Miller seem to be quieter on the issue, with Cavill telling 'Yahoo!' in an interview that he wasn't sure the cut even existed, "So the only way I can look at it is as a business model," he added.
"I don’t know what difference it’s going to make," Cavill continued, "There are stories to be told, which need to be told and adjustments that can be made, but that’s not going to make any difference."
Miller's silence on the issue could be because he doesn't have a social media presence.
It's somewhat unclear as to what kicked all of this off once again, with some suspecting it was the two-year anniversary of the film's release getting the cast fired up. In August, Momoa posted a video with Snyder captioning the clip "SNYDER CUT" where he alluded to actually seeing the cut.
The post seemed to confirm that not only did the mythical cut of the film exist but that Momoa had seen it and it was "ssssiiicccckkkkkk".
While it's not out of the question for a studio to allow a director's cut of a film to be released, this goes one step further than that. To release the Snyder Cut, Warner Bros would have to admit their blunders in releasing a sub-par film.
By bowing to the pressure of a rabid fanbase -- and now the film's own cast -- the studio would then be opening themselves up to even more questions if fans were to like the Snyder cut better than the one they released.
While Snyder officially stepped down from the film amid the tragic death of his daughter, there were stories of behind-the-scenes dramas and creative clashing following the sub-par responses to Snyder's earlier film 'Batman v Superman'. There were reports that Snyder hadn't been stepped down but fired, that his original cut was deemed 'unwatchable'.
Still, the legend of the Snyder cut lives on, taunting Warner with every snippet and sneak the director releases.
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