Today it was revealed that Ann Sarnoff, who is currently the president of BBC Studios Americas, has been hired to be Warner Bros’ new Chair and CEO, the position previously held by Kevin Tsujihara. As a result, many DC Extended Universe fans who want Warner Bros to release Justice League’s “Snyder Cut” have flocked to WB’s official announcement on Sarnoff to ask that she take action to deliver this cut of the fifth DC Extended Universe movie. Here’s an example:
Justice League was met with mixed-to-negative reception upon opening in November 2017, and it went on to commercially underperform as well, making only $657.9 million worldwide. Since then, the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut fan movement has been campaigning for Warner Bros to release a cut of Justice League that better reflects what director Zack Snyder was intending to deliver before he left the production and Joss Whedon oversaw the reshoots.
While there is definitely a decent amount of deleted material from Justice League, and there have been claims at least a rough cut of Zack Snyder’s version of Justice League exists, officially there are no plans for Warner Bros to release the Snyder Cut of Justice League. Nevertheless, Zack Snyder fans are still campaigning for it and think Ann Sarnoff can finally make their wish come true. Here’s another fan hoping that Sarnoff delivers on this request:
Feel free to look at Warner Bros’ Twitter post on Ann Sarnoff to read some of the other #ReleaseTheSnyderCut responses, but this one is my favorite, channeling one of the funnier moments from last year’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Whether or not the Snyder Cut of Justice League is ever released, Snyder himself is certainly helping fan those flames by sharing behind-the-scenes looks and information on moments that never made it to the theatrical cut. His recent shares include a look at young Darkseid in the flashback battle scenes and a scene where Cyborg sees a vision of himself looking normal with his mom and dad, which also has a Green Lantern-related ship in the background.
Although Justice League was intended to be the first entry of a wild-sounding trilogy, and all together forming a five movie-arc with Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, those plans have been scrapped, and for now, it doesn’t look like the Justice League will be re-forming anytime soon. Instead, the DCEU is now less focused on interconnectivity between its movies and is prioritizing standalone stories.
It should also be noted that Snyder Cut fans recently raised money to fly a banner over San Diego Comic-Con next month promoting their preferred version of Justice League, as well as purchased a billboard and half-page color advertisement. Despite Warner Bros not presenting anything at SDCC this year, it seems this Snyder Cut promotion is still going forward, and the campaign is also raising money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
The DCEU will continue with the release of Birds of Prey on February 7, 2020, followed by Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5 of the same year. If you’re curious about what other DC movies are on the way, browse through our handy guide.