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The Cyborg Movie Could Be Blocking the Snyder Cut's Release

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There are a number of reasons Warner Bros. isn't considering a release of the Zack Snyder Cut of Justice League, but one of the more interesting revelations to come to light suggests they're holding it back to allow for some of Cyborg's backstory to be repurposed for a solo Cyborg movie.

After promising for months following Zack Snyder's departure from the project that replacement director Joss Whedon would honor Snyder's original intent, Justice League was released to reveal a Frankenstein movie that clearly abandoned the style and story set out by Snyder in his previous films and early Justice League trailers.

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In Justie League's fallout, much of the debate about the Snyder Cut has focused on whether or not it actually exists, but there are other factors at play, too. Assuming it does exist, Warner Bros. holds the distribution rights and has no plans to release it any time soon.

A Snyder Cut Exists

This seems to be the biggest sticking point and the place where the most confusion about the Snyder Cut exists. There is a Snyder Cut. Zack Snyder finished principal photography and was several months into post-production before he left. Some VFX had been completed, digital intermediary (color timing) had been worked on, which typically indicates picture lock, and he was also working on capturing ADR, which is another indicator of picture lock.

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It's not clear exactly how far along VFX was for the scenes that were drastically different from the theatrical version (deleted character origins, the League vs Superman in Heroes Park, and the third act battle being the biggest known departures), but it was at least underway. There's also the matter of music. Junkie XL  suggested in an AMA on his YouTube channel that he planned to begin recording in June or July 2017, but he was fired partway through June, so there may not be completed versions of his score out there, but he almost certainly has them written with non-final recordings, but the actual film versions of the score are probably incomplete.

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Related: Zack Snyder's Cut Of Justice League Was More Complete Than You Realize

The debate on this topic seems to be on two different topics, with those saying it doesn't exist seemingly indicating that a completed and ready to distribute cut doesn't exist (which is true), while most supporters are indicating that a cut with significant work completed is out there, as Justice League storyboard artist Jay Oliva has indicated a number of times.

Cyborg Was Changed the Most

The other point of confusion is how different the Snyder Cut actually is. Zack Snyder got final director credit and the cast and crew spent most of the marketing push claiming the movie still adhered to Snyder's vision, leading many to say that the cut released in theaters is the Snyder Cut.

We know better now, though. Between deleted scenes, VFX reels, interviews with cast and crew, and teases from Snyder himself, it's clear that the movie was significantly changed from the story to the visual aesthetic, with one of the biggest changes being the character of Cyborg.

Before he left the project, Snyder hyped up Vic Stone's role, saying Cyborg was "the heart" of the movie. During reshoots, there were rumors that Cyborg was being reshot to lighten his character up. There's some significant backstory cut from Cyborg per both deleted scenes and leaked storyboards, and Silas Stone actor Joe Morton also confirmed Cyborg's story was changed significantly, which might be why Ray Fisher seems to like sharing the love for Zack Snyder when he can.

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