The directors vision as intended may be underway
The article is written by Dennis Kirkegaard Jensen. Regular blogger at Kino.dk.
We’ve come a long way. From Jason Momoa’s enthusiastic interview on MTV, to a plane with an attached #ReleaseTheSnyderCut-banner hovering above the Warner Bros. facilities. More importantly, from complete ignorant negligence to an acknowledgement of existence.
Zack Snyder announced March 24 at a fan-event - dubbed Snyder-Con - that his version of 'Justice League' does indeed exist. Not only does it exist but Zack actually has multiple versions of 'Justice League'. An incredibly exciting turn of events in the curious case of the production of the movie.
This is the first time Zack himself has brought clarity to some of the questions that remained unanswered post the release of the theatrical version, and in the same breath, some shade was thrown on the integrity of all the high profile bloggers. These bloggers were so stubborn about the fact that the theatrical version of 'Justice League' is the definitive version and that a Zack Snyder’s version of the film does not exist.
After his fan-event further details erupted, and the fanbase is coming together stronger than ever in the hopes of one day getting Zack Snyder’s version of the film.
The embarrassing and obvious cut and paste project that became the theatrical version of 'Justice League' quickly generated resistance within the initial fanbase of the DCEU and with Fiona Zheng from China, leading the charge, the hashtag #ReleaseTheSnyderCut was born.
A hashtag that since then has become much more than it’s primary objective and more of a movement for people supporting the creative integrity and liberation of artists in an suppressive studio environment. A exponentially increasing problem within the big movie studios in Hollywood, and a problem not only Zack Snyder fell victim to but also Josh Trank ('Fantastic Four' (2015)) and David Ayer ('Suicide Squad' (2016)). Two directors whose creative visions were sabotaged by corporate interference.
Since the release of the theatrical version of 'Justice League' the fanbase has sent hand-written letters addressed to the leadership at Warner Bros., and made fan-videos and established fan-events (many of which this said columnist has participated in).
Multiple events have taken place over the course of the last year to help raise money and awareness for The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). This has included social media drives, t-shirts designed with links to the Snyder Cut, and the aforementioned #ReleaseTheSnyderCut plane banner.
Zack Snyder’s daughter Autumn Snyder commited suicide back in March ‘17. A tragic event that would later be shamefully misused by Warner Bros. to publicly spin the narrative in regards to Zack Snyder’s departure from the project.
Almost everyday You-Tuber Chris Wong-Swenson is sharing updates regarding news, fan-events, ect, related to the movement, and for the first time ever, everybody has the opportunity to unite at @RTSnyderCut on Twitter. A newly formed profile (29/4) with more than 2.500 followers already. All dedicated to the purpose of getting Zack Snyder’s version of 'Justice League' released.
I’ve already written articles about what to expect from Zack Snyder’s version of 'Justice League' and talked about it in great lengths with my friends on their podcast over at Filmhulen. One of the big subjects being the extent of supervillain Darkseid’s presence in Zack’s version of the film.
This is a subject that was just recently further investigated by The Film Exiles, and according to them, voice-talent Ray Porter is Darkseid in Zack Snyder’s version of 'Justice League'. Zack Snyder gave the information a soft confirmation this past Sunday, when he introduced Ray Porter on the social media platform Vero True Social.
Ray Porter is not a household name in front of the camera, so his presence is expectedly not physical, but in all likelihood CGI or mocap like Josh Brolin’s Thanos from 'Infinity War'.
Since the news broke even more actors and actresses has come forward, who we’re part of principal photography, but ultimately cut from the final product. Including actor Feizal Mowlabocus (Assistant coach on a American Football team) og Karen Bryson (Victor Stone’s (Cyborg) mom.
Stuntman and actor Nick Mckinless comments to a post on Instagram, that he spent 4 months training for the role of Ares and shot an action sequence fighting Darkseid. He was only credited for his contribution as stuntman, and David Thewlis who did the voice of Ares, received all credit for the part.
Both Ray and Nick have expressed their gratitude because of the big interest in their contributions, but because of respect for the NDA’s (Non-disclosure Agreements), decided not to comment further.
The amount of extra material seems extremely comprehensive, and extremely comprehensive seems to be an accurate description of Zack Snyder’s version of the film. Zack revealed at the same fan-event, that his version of 'Justice League' is 214 minutes long (3 hours and 34 minutes).
Former 'Avengers' director Joss Whedon took over from Zack when he was forced off the project, and even though it’s unclear how much of the content of the theatrical version of 'Justice League' is experienced through the lens of Joss, Joss did get a writing credit, which by WGA (Writers Guild of America) rules suggests, that Joss had at least 33% impact on the story.
This percentage cannot directly be translated to account for actual runtime, but it’s never been a secret, that the planned reshoots became very extensive and ran longer than initially planned. Actually, former Collider personality Jon Schnepp claimed that the movie had been reshot no less than 3 times.
In conclusion however, it’s fair to assume that less than 50% of the movie is from Joss, because in that case, he could’ve just as easily been credited as the director. If we play around with the idea that close to 50% of the movie originates from Joss reshoots, there’s still at least 1 hour and 40 minutes of material from Zack we’ve yet to see.
This aligns perfectly with actor Ray Fisher’s (Cyborg) comments at last years Heroes and Villains Fan Fest, where he claimed that Zack shot material for at least two movies ('Justice League' was initially planned to be a two-parter when announced by Warner Bros. back in 14’).
It’s unclear if certain NDA’s (Non-disclosure Agreements) have now been lifted, 17 months after the theatrical release. Something that could’ve motivated Zack to try and explain some of the aspects of the troubled production. In any case Zack created a cool original T-shirt design with Superman, Batman and Dr. Manhattan on the front that went on sale as a prelude to his event, but what’s interesting is actually on the back-print.
The back-print shows the titles of the all the three movies shown at the event ('Dawn of the Dead', 'Watchmen' and 'Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice') in their Director’s Cut editions. The runtime of each movie is shown vertically.
The front-print was also printed as a poster, where Zack had cleverly hidden the runtime of his version of 'Justice League', but he wasn’t shy to circle it for the eager fans.
Actually this is not the first time Zack has played around with the intent to reveal the runtime of his version of the movie. All the way back in November ‘18 (Thanksgiving), almost exactly one year post the release of the theatrical version of 'Justice League', Zack put up a video on the aforementioned social media platform Vero True Social of the obligatory turkey, and ironically the rest of the time the turkey needed in the oven, was frighteningly close to the confirmed runtime of his version of 'Justice League'.
Many describe Zack’s aesthetic as cold and cynical. Some, including myself, would probably just refer to his style as realistic. Considering the state of the our world. An aesthetic that will be missed in the superhero landscape moving forward, now that both Marvel and DC (to a greater extent) rely on a more jovial aesthetic.
Behind his art is an incredibly passionate and still very enthusiastic DC fan, who despite what various bloggers present in their alternative facts, still show a great amount of interest in his DC projects. Especially on Vero True Social, where you can also find this said columnist. On Vero, Zack still regularly posts BTS pictures from the production of 'Justice League', but he’s also very active in regards to answering questions from fans and liking their posts.
A lot of members from the cast have already expressed their discontent towards the theatrical version of 'Justice League', but Zack’s comments are apparently what was necessary to engage some of the bigger movie news sites to report about the existence of his version of the film.
While the biggest news sites remain silent in terms of recognition, the fanbase keeps fighting in the hope that both the noble message regarding more freedom for the creators in Hollywood and the information about the existence of Zack Snyder’s version of 'Justice League' reaches mainstream exposure.