Zack Snyder has finally revealed official details about how and why Justice League was changed after the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Speaking at his Director's Cuts event Q&A session following a screening of the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition, one of the audience members asked Snyder about "what happened and what was supposed to happen?"
Snyder has revealed a lot of information about the original Justice League story through the social media app Vero over the past year and a half since Justice League's release, but the Q&A is the first time he's gotten this specific. He already reacted to calls for a Snyder Cut during the Watchmen panel, but after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition, he got more explicit and spilled the beans about what happened to the script and why the story changed.
While the new information provided may only create more questions in the end, it does put together a little clearer picture of what happened behind the scenes and what fans can expect from a Snyder Cut, should it be released at some point in the future.
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The Original Justice League Script Was Never Shot
According to Snyder, the script for Justice League had already been completed before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was released, but after the movie saw a harsh backlash, the studio got nervous and told him there were a lot of changes that needed to be made. Snyder described the original version of Justice League as "the really scary version," which we've heard about some of the concept art before, and said the studio came back and said they had to change some things to avoid another reception like Batman v Superman.
Snyder said he did a complete rewrite on Justice League with Chris Terrio and the original version they had planned is not the same as the version they ended up shooting. So, this creates an interesting question about what version of Justice League fans would get with the Snyder cut vs what the original script said. Some of the leaks over the last few years have been related to deleted scenes and on-set information about what Justice League was originally like, but other information has come from storyboards, concept art, set designs, and other details that could still be referencing that original script.
This means there were virtually 3 versions of Justice League. The version Snyder and Terrio wrote before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was released, the rewritten version from Snyder and Terrio (for which Snyder shot 100% of principal photography), and the version Whedon made by cutting Snyder's footage way down and adding $25 million in reshoots to alter and simplify the story to what was seen in theaters.
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