Zack Snyder has urged fans not to give up hope regarding his version of Justice League. The ambitious team-up movie was originally designed to be part one of a two-part story. One which would have pit various DC Comics heroes against the otherworldly forces of Darkseid. Following Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, the DCEU installment was set to be directed by Snyder and pay off numerous threads from previous adventures. Unfortunately, a personal tragedy meant he had to step away during production. Stepping in, Joss Whedon overhauled Justice League's story and character arcs. The results proved underwhelming and failed to make a mark at the box office, with Justice League displaying a tone incongruous to not only the rest of the DCEU but how the film was originally conceived.
It's been two years now since Justice League was released in theaters and yet fans continue to campaign for Snyder's original vision to be released. Efforts in pursuit of that aim have only intensified in recent weeks - with the anniversary prompting a protracted Twitter campaign that trended worldwide for multiple days. Snyder himself fuelled the passions of campaigners, often sharing brand new details. The latest included repeated teases that Superman would have had a far different resurrection than in the theatrical cut. Snyder wasn't alone, however, with many Justice League stars - including Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck - lending their voices in support.
Unfortunately, recent reports have labeled the Snyder Cut release a pipe dream. As such, some fans have understandably begun to lose hope. One fan in particular even reached out to Snyder in particular, expressing his dwindling positivity and urging the director to say something. Snyder soon obliged. Replying directly, he had one simple word to offer: "Don't". The context and meaning are crystal clear, with Snyder urging fans not to give in to such doubts and to hold on to hope. Images of the exchange were shared on Twitter by user KryptonsCodex and can be seen in the space below:
Snyder has, in the years since, been busy with other projects - including the upcoming Netflix original movie, Army of the Dead. Starring Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, and Theo Rossi, the action-horror film will see a group of mercenaries hired to pull off a daring heist in a zombie-infested Las Vegas. Even before Army of the Dead wrapped principal photography, however, Snyder kept his version of Justice League close to his heart. As well as reportedly never watching Whedon's version, Snyder has continued to share images from his cut of the film. Among numerous others, the latest image was taken from a deleted scene and served to reveal how Aquaman originally got his costume.
Whether or not Snyder knows something that others don't is unclear. The message will likely have come at the perfect time for many fans, though, in either case. Raising over $100,000 for suicide prevention, the campaign has already been deemed a charitable success. Snyder's urging, however, will no doubt give them a renewed sense of belief and spur on fresh action. What form that ultimately takes, however, remains to be seen. Equally, only time will tell whether or not their efforts ultimately bear fruit in getting Snyder's Justice League released - be it on HBO Max or elsewhere.
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