Warner Bros. confirms they have no plans to release a Zack Snyder cut of Justice League. Snyder originally kicked off Warner Bros. and DC Films' current cinematic universe - unofficially known as the DC Extended Universe - with Man of Steel. He continued to expand the superhero world with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, but when the film received a divisive response and didn't perform as well as the studio hoped at the box office, many began to speculate about the director's further involvement in the franchise. Snyder continued working on Justice League, but left the project after principal photography had wrapped, but before reshoots had begun.
Warner Bros. hired director Joss Whedon to helm the Justice League reshoots, and what eventually ended up in theaters has been criticized as a Frankenstein job that splices together both directors' sensibilities. Though it's unclear if the film would have performed better at the box office if Snyder had completed the film, fans of the director and his DCEU have called for a release of the "Snyder cut" of Justice League for months. There's also been plenty of debate about whether a Snyder cut even exists, and in what form if it did. Now, however, Warner Bros. confirms fans likely won't see a Snyder cut of Justice League.
Wall Street Journal reports that Warner Bros. has no plans to release a different cut of Justice League that completes Snyder's vision for the project. Further, those hoping for some kind of announcement or acknowledgement of the Snyder cut during Comic-Con International in San Diego this weekend will be disappointed as WSJ reports the studio won't make any mention of a Justice League alternate cut during the Warner Bros. movie panel on Saturday. These details arrive via an unnamed senior executive at Warner Bros.
Additionally, an unnamed source who's described as someone close to Justice League, lamented about the fans who are calling for "the magical Snyder cut that doesn’t exist." Certainly, the debate around whether there even is a Snyder cut has been a key part of the larger movement. According to reports, Snyder had an early cut of the film that he put together using only footage from principal photography - and rumored reactions to it called this cut of Justice League "unwatchable." However, the cut of a film made that early in the editing process is not meant for public consumption, and would likely never be released.
So, when one of WSJ's sources says the Snyder cut doesn't exist, they likely mean a version of the film that's finished and intended to be viewed. That lines up with what we previously knew about the director's cut, though there have been rumors Snyder is working on his Justice League cut without Warner Bros. Still, even if he continued working on a project he officially left over a year ago, he'd need permission from the studio to release it. As such, it's unlikely a Snyder cut will be released unless Warner Bros. is on board.
Now that the studio has officially shot down the possibility of releasing the Snyder cut of Justice League, and confirms they have no plans to announce such a thing at Comic-Con, it seems much less likely it'll ever come to fruition. Whether fans give up the campaign for a Snyder cut remains to be seen, but Warner Bros. seems to be moving on from Justice League and looking to their upcoming DC movies - including Aquaman, Shazam! and Wonder Woman 1984.
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020