The Vanity Fair article delving into the history of Zack Snyder’s Justice League is a hugely fascinating look at the making of the new cut of the DC Comics team-up, which is set to debut globally on 18 March 2021.
It’s a serious deep dive which doesn’t pull a lot of punches at what went wrong during the production of the original 2017 incarnation of the film. When Snyder walked away from the film following the death of his daughter, Autumn, the film was totally retooled by Joss Whedon in order to make it more palatable for Warner Bros. executives.
Snyder says that hasn’t seen Whedon’s cut of the film following advice from his wife Deborah and Executive Producer, Christopher Nolan. According to the Vanity Fair piece, an unnamed Warner Bros executive said of Whedon’s cut:
”When we got to see what Joss actually did, it was stupefying. The robber on the rooftop—so goofy and awful. The Russian family—so useless and pointless. Everyone knew it. It was so awkward because nobody wanted to admit what a piece of shit it was.”
The release of The Snyder Cut comes after the disappoint and ultimate failure of Justice League in November 2017. to the launch of the now infamous #ReleaseTheSnyderCut hashtag as well as a change.org petition which garnered 100,000 signatures.
Snyder delivered his first 4-hour rough cut of the Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice follow-up in January 2017, however Warner Bros. wanted a cut of the film somewhere in the two-hour range. Snyder delivered another version running 2 hour 20-minutes but that cut needed finessed. Snyder was unable to complete this after the death of his daughter and Joss Whedon was brought in to reshoot and recut the film. This led to a myriad of inconsistencies and imperfections – the biggest of which was Moustachegate (Henry Cavill needed to reshoot scenes as Superman during the production of Mission: Impossible – Fallout, but his character had a moustache in that film. The facial hair was digitally removed for the DC Comics pic at a cost of millions).
The official synopsis:
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.
Source: Vanity Fair