Another voice has added their support to the fan desire to see Zack Snyder's original cut of Justice League released and this time it's someone who was involved with the movie. Richard Cetrone, who has been Ben Affleck's stunt double for every DCEU film from Suicide Squad to Justice League, thinks that Snyder's cut of the film -- without Joss Whedon's reshoots -- should be made available. This is the latest movie in DC's line-up to receive this kind of public outcry as there were campaigns for "extended cuts" of both Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad to be released, both of which happened with the home release.
It should be mentioned that Batman V Superman: Ultimate Edition was the only truly different cut of the film as it added back in crucial context for several subplots, including Lois Lane's investigation throughout the film. Suicide Squad's extended cut merely extended or added some deleted scenes not found in the theatrical version. Still the "special versions" of each movie were (overall) better received and that's why many fans would like to see Zack Snyder's completely original version of Justice League, especially in light of how much Joss Whedon's reshoots changed and added things to the movie.
Over on his Facebook page, stunt man Richard Cetrone added a link to fans' online petition that is asking for Zack Snyder's cut of the film to be made available in the home release. Yet in a comment under the post, Cetrone made sure to stress that he respects Justice League's co-director Joss Whedon and final composer Danny Elfman, who replaced Junkie XL after Whedon took over.
So I probably should have written this when I put up this post, but I want to make it clear now. I have nothing against Joss Whedon. I have worked with Joss on multiple projects and I think he is a great director and he's very easy to work with. I also have enjoyed Danny Elfman's music for years going back to Oingo Boingo. So I agree with the cause, but not everything the person who wrote out the petition is stating. I posted it because I want to support my friend and do what I can to see that his version is released. You might say that is going to happen anyway, but that is not necessarily true. And if it does happen people should know that it is his version. When B v S "extended cut" was released that was actually the "Director's cut" and in my opinion that's how it should have been released.
Cetrone does make a rather eloquent plea for the cut being released and there's something very positive to say about an original director having their full vision realized in the final product. This is especially true since Zack Snyder only stepped down from Justice League because of the tragic death of his daughter.
At the same time, releasing another special edition of a DCEU film could be setting a dangerous precedent, if one hasn't been set already. To date Man of Steel and Wonder Woman are the only two movies from the DCEU to not receive an updated or "improved" version in their home release. If Justice League receives an extended cut that flips the balance in one very clear direction. Whether it's true or not, it could further enforce the impression that DC and Warner Bros. continue to be lost about how to handle their cinematic universe.
The critical and commercial reception to Justice League is mixed and it's seems unlikely that any news of a director's cut will change that radically. It might be best for the future of the franchise if Snyder's version stays "buried."
Source: Richard Cetrone
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