This week, the wait is finally over. Since the disappointment of 2017’s Justice League, DCEU fans have been campaigning to see Zack Snyder’s true vision for the team-up film for themselves. The four-hour cut of the film is coming to HBO Max in just a few days and, while the movie’s release may be somewhat of a remnant of Warner Bros’ prior vision for its comic book franchise, we do have to wonder if a successful debut on the streamer could incite a continuation of the narrative that will unfold in Justice League.
When CinemaBlend’s own Sean O’Connell spoke with the Snyder Cut’s production designer Patrick Tatopoulos, he talked about the film planting seeds for more stories down the line following Justice League. In his words:
As Tatopoulos recalls during the initial production of Justice League, Zack Snyder often looked to the future when he was crafting the movie starring Ben Affleck’s Batman, Henry Cavill’s Superman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller’s Flash, Ray Fisher’s Cyborg and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman. He confirmed that the filmmaker was “planting seeds” in Justice League for ideas that could fully bloom in future projects. So expect some teases in the upcoming release. Tatopoulos continued to CinemaBlend:
The Justice League filmmakers sound very clever and intentional in their production design, which most definitely carries over into the storytelling of the film. At the time of the movie’s production, it was being viewed as Warner Bros.’ Avengers and would be the jumping off point for additional films and spinoffs. Snyder initially had a Justice League trilogy in mind for the heroes, so the cut fans will see on HBO Max this weekend was really just scratching the surface in terms of the writer/director’s ideas for adapting the DC comic characters. Check out the trailer below:
Zack Snyder unexpectedly had to remove himself from Justice League when his daughter, Autumn, tragically died by suicide during the production of the film. Joss Whedon took over on the production, but a number of Snyder’s big ideas were removed from the theatrical release. Following the release, Snyder kept in touch about his own cut of the film, which incited a major campaign by fans for Warner Bros. to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut, leading us here.
But could Justice League inspire the “seeds” planted by Snyder into sequels? Well, when Snyder was recently asked about it, he said he doesn’t believe there’s an “interest and/or appetite” for his intended trilogy to be continued. Warner Bros.’ DCEU is definitely in a different place today than it was in 2017, but we’ll see. Look out for those winks in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, coming to HBO Max on March 18.
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