Why The Zack Snyder Cut Of Justice League Probably Isn’t Going To Be Released

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Now that Justice League has debuted in theaters to a mediocre critical and commercial response, many fans have called for an extended cut. Rumors have circulated online that Warner Bros. has a 3-hour extended cut that more accurately conveys Zack Snyder's vision, and a movement has begun to get that version of the film on shelves for a home release, if not a full-blown theatrical run. That said, a VFX artist who works on the DCEU films has officially come forward, and admitted that a Snyder cut doesn't even exist. During a recent AMA post, he said:

1000% bullshit. As I've said, of course, there is an assembly cut Zack had going before he left, but that was 9 months ago. He himself said he hasn't touched or interfered or been a part of the process since March. There is no cut. People like this guy (who spread the rumor) are the worst, perpetuating rumors of processes they don't understand.

If you kept up with the trailers for Justice League, then you likely already know that quite a few scenes didn't make it into the final cut of the film. However, according to LDN_Film, this doesn't mean that there is a 3-hour Snyder cut sitting in a vault somewhere at Warner Bros. The film was in a constant state of change throughout production, and the 2-hour cut that hit theaters is the final evolution of the project that Zack Snyder stopped working on in March.

To be clear, this doesn't mean that unused footage from the movie doesn't exist. Elsewhere in his Reddit AMA session, LDN_Film made did note that much of Justice League ended up on the cutting room floor. This sequence included an ending scene in which Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) finds himself greeted by Green Lantern Corps members Tomar Re and Kilowog in the middle of the night, as well as a sequence of Barry Allen (Ezra Miller) using his superspeed to break through a glass window and save Iris West (Kiersey Clemons) from being hit by a truck.

These scenes exist in an assembly cut of the movie, but they weren't part of anything resembling a finalized film. In the end, it's not hard to understand why fans want to see this more extended version of the film; Justice League's biggest problem is that certain aspects of its story feel rushed, and fans will look for any reason to get a longer and more fleshed-out narrative.

So, for now, it looks like the version of Justice League that's currently in theaters is the definitive version of the project. If you're interested in seeing Justice League, then make sure to check out our in-depth review of the film, as well as our To 3D guide to make sure that you buy the right ticket!

Conner Schwerdtfeger

Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.