It was a busy weekend for DC fans who support the movement to release the “Snyder Cut” of the doomed Justice League movie. For starters, during the events of New York Comic Con, a group dedicated to the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement paid for a Times Square billboard that raised awareness for Snyder’s ultimate DC vision. In response, the director shared on Vero the notion that Martian Manhunter was due to appear in his cut of Justice League. And finally, Zack Snyder shared his response to the Times Square billboard with this touching social-media post.
The team behind the efforts to raise awareness for the release of the “Snyder Cut” of Justice League had to hope that their work would get back to Snyder (and also to the executives at Warner Bros. who need to sign off on any such release). So to hear that the Times Square billboards made him “speechless and humbled” had to be incredibly moving and empowering for the team behind the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement.
In fact, some of the leaders took to social to send messages back to Zack Snyder.
For those unaware with the ongoing struggles of the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut army, they fight for the eventual release of Zack Snyder’s original take on the 2017 movie Justice League, which was started by Snyder but finished by Joss Whedon. The movie was not a success, critically or financially, and its reception marked a stark left turn for WB and the DCEU, away from team-up movies and on to individual stories around heroes like Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and Shazam (Zachary Levi).
But every so often, Zack Snyder will release something on Vero backing up the belief that the “Snyder Cut” of Justice League exists, and furthering the belief that he had much larger plans in place for a five-film arc that would have properly introduced the heroes of the DC Comics books, giving DC fans their own version of the MCU.
The fight is for Snyder’s vision, as much as it is for the release of a story the fans feel they are owed.
The billboard is an impressive effort to continue to raise awareness for the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement. Earlier this year, the group also bought billboards and advertisements around San Diego during Comic-Con to keep pushing the idea that WB needs to, in some fashion, show the cut that Snyder claims to have in his possession. It might be unfinished (and I really don’t see Warner Bros. putting any additional monies behind JL). But if it shows these the direction that Snyder wanted to take his DC movies, they crew might be satisfied.
What do you think? Will we ever see the “Snyder Cut” of Justice League in our lifetime? Vote in the poll. And if you want to learn more about the Snyder Cut movement, and their noble efforts to raise valuable funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (where they donate chunks of the monies raised by their efforts), head over to their official site.
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Sean created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.