Warner Bros. and DC need to find a way to appease fans clamoring for a Snyder Cut of Justice League. Since the release of Justice League over a year ago, when fans first saw the extent of the changes the movie had gone through after Joss Whedon took over production from Zack Snyder, the movement to "Release the Snyder Cut" has made itself known on social media and in the real world.
We know Zack Snyder completed 100% of principal photography, getting all the footage he needed for his cut of the movie, and made it well into post-production before leaving the project, so it is possible to get the movie finished for a release, mostly by finishing VFX. The only problem is, Justice League wasn't very successful, and Snyder's other DCEU entries were also divisive, so WB isn't in a rush to release an alternate version of the movie. In fact, there are currently no plans to release it at all.
The "Release the Snyder Cut" campaign isn't going to fade away any time soon, and Warner Bros. will eventually have to find a way to appease them. Here are a few of the ways they can do that.
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Release Chris Terrio's Original Justice League Screenplay
One of the biggest drivers for those that want the Snyder Cut is the lack of closure. Man of Steel and especially Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice were building toward a number of payoffs that simply never came in Justice League. This has led fans on a year-long quest to find the true story of Justice League uncovering evidence of numerous story changes in the process.
If Warner Bros. were to simply release the original Chris Terrio screenplay, fans could simply scratch the itch to find out what Justice League's true original story would have been. Combined with production photos and storyboards and other script notes from Snyder, the book would be a great resource for anyone looking to understand Snyder's original vision. It also doesn't replace the potential of the actual cut, but could, in fact, be seen as a supplement for when the cut eventually does come.
Create a Graphic Novel With Snyder's Original Justice League Story
Zack Snyder meticulously storyboards all his movies ahead of time, then has those storyboards bound into a leather book for a shelf in his office when it's all said and done. On their own, they may not be quite as digestible as a graphic novel, but so much of the work is already done, so it wouldn't be outrageous for DC to turn those storyboards into a proper graphic novel version of Snyder's original Justice League plan.
With Snyder's famous cinematic visuals, the project could translate very well to graphic novel format, not only providing fans with answers about the movie's original plot, but also demonstrating the visual spectacle Snyder had in mind before he left the project. Depending on the desired look, Snyder's minimalist storyboards could simply be fleshed out and colored, or he could be paired with a comic-book artist. In fact, Snyder just gave DC Co-publisher Jim Lee, who inherited Geoff Johns' vacated chief creative officer responsibilities, a major shout-out on the Vero social network. Lee's art style might match Snyder's aesthetic more than any other artist, so a Zack Snyder written, Jim Lee drawn book featuring the story of the Snyder Cut would conceivably be a big draw, even attracting readers who haven't campaigned for the Snyder Cut.