Zack Snyder has liked a social media post that suggests Joss Whedon exiting the Batgirl standalone film is a positive development for the DC Extended Universe. The director's relationship with the franchise he helped launch is rather difficult to say the least. Despite having their fair share of supporters, both Man of Steel and Batman V Superman were extremely polarizing due to their interpretations of the titular pop culture icons. But that was nothing in comparison to what happened on Justice League, which Snyder stepped down from last year following a personal tragedy. Sold to audiences as Snyder's vision, the Justice League we got was anything but.
Whedon's involvement seemed to go well beyond punching up the script in rewrites and handling some standard pickups. When he was brought onboard, the entire outlook of Justice League changed, with Snyder's original plan heavily altered in an attempt to course-correct the DCEU after some divisive entries. Making matters more complicated are rumors insinuating Snyder was fired from Justice League, rather than leaving voluntarily. Through all of this, Snyder has maintained a nice rapport with the DCEU fans who appreciated what he had done, supporting the campaign for Warner Bros. to release the Snyder Cut of Justice League. Now, Snyder's latest social media activity finds him aligned with those viewers once more.
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Fiona Zheng (hat tip Batman-News), who launched the Snyder Cut website, took to her Vero account to share a photo of a tweet reporting on Whedon departing Batgirl. Her caption reads, "For today, the only bad news is these media/press still think Whedon out was bad to DCEU!", obviously her way of disagreeing with the headline saying Whedon's exit is a setback. The post has a pair of interesting likes: photographer Clay Enos and none other than Zack Snyder himself.
When Whedon's involvement with Justice League became public, it was stated he was already working with Snyder to fine-tune the script ahead of standard reshoots. This implies there was a point in time when Snyder believed Whedon was just what the DCEU needed. However, in the months since, it's become difficult to believe any official quotes regarding Justice League's production. Judging by the evidence, Whedon did not (in the words of producer Charles Roven) "help Zack finish his vision." He massively overhauled the team-up film, eschewing the tone and plot points Snyder had set up for his trilogy in favor of a more light-hearted approach that looked to ape The Avengers more than anything. Considering how things turned out, it's understandable (and, quite frankly, human) for Snyder to take a little enjoyment out of Whedon's Batgirl falling through.
The future of the DCEU is in a state of flux as Ben Affleck is noncommittal about returning as Batman and several projects are in various stages of development. One thing that can be said with a fair amount of certainty, however, is Snyder's time with the franchise is over. By now, there's too much baggage and all parties involved need a clean break with a fresh start. That's disappointing for fans of Snyder's vision to hear, but it's probably what's best.
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