Update: The petition page has been updated to clarify that Change.org performed a fraud check and removed 2,500 signatures. While 2,500 is a fairly large number, it only accounts for 1.6% of the total signatures as the petition is approaching an astounding 150,000 signees. Original article is as follows:
Signatures to support the ongoing campaign for the release of Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League may not be all authentic. After the divisive response to the latest DC epic, fans who have been waiting to see their favorite DC heroes on the big screen for the first time were very disappointed, with most of them feeling like the movie did not do the iconic heroes justice. Given the tumultuous production of the movie with Joss Whedon coming in late to finish the film, there are those who are curious to seen Snyder’s vision of the movie.
The petition, which was started shortly after Justice League opened, continues to grow at a rapid pace. Spearheaded by a fan from Puerto Rico named Robert Marta, it basically campaigns for the release of Zack Snyder’s original cut of the movie complete with original composer, Junkie XL’s score, who was replaced by Danny Elfman. The campaign further garnered support from fans after claims surfaced that the footage shot by Snyder was actually completed not just with the score but also finished with computer graphics. Unfortunately, new information is marring the authenticity of the movement suggesting that not every single sign from it is legitimate.
Online personality John Campea claims that he was sent a thank you message from Change.org for signing the aforementioned petition, when, in fact, he did not. The content creator took it to his official Twitter page to share his interesting experience alongside with the screenshot of the response he got from the online campaign site. Fans quickly joined the conversation and while some of them are aware of the possibilities that the tally for the appeal may not be accurate others are sharing their stories about actually supporting the cause. Check out the tweet below:
Turns out a lot of those "signatures" on the Zack Snyder Justice League cut petition could be fake. Talked to a few people who got notified they signed it, when they never did, and today I got thanked for signing it, when I never did. Are people this desperate? pic.twitter.com/JYYyQhKmVp— John Campea (@johncampea) November 27, 2017
This does not mean, however, that the fan clamor for a Snyder cut is entirely false. Without even looking at the number of signs that the petition has, social media is populated with DC followers who are vocal about wanting to see the director’s own vision come to fruition. Regardless, there is no doubt that there is a handful of people who wants to see only Snyder’s work in the film. Sadly, even with the backing of the fan community, it seems like there is a small chance that we will see the supposed version of the film – not just because Warner Bros. may not be keen on releasing it, but because the so-called Snyder cut, apparently, does not exist.
It’s important to note, however, that what led to Snyder leaving the project is bigger than any movie. The filmmaker had to deal with a personal tragedy and it’s not like he was replaced because Warner Bros. did not like what he was doing to the film. If anything, the fact that he is still the helmer of Justice League after the divisive of his earlier DC projects like Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice indicates that the DC Films’ has faith in him and his vision.
Source: John Campea
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