Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck have added their support to the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut campaign surrounding the Justice League movie.
Hand on heart, my first thought when I walked out of a screening of Justice League two years ago wasn’t ‘I wish to see a longer version of that film’. That said, I do accept that the story of this one isn’t that straightforward.
Notably, Zack Snyder was directing the film, but left the project six months before release following the loss of his daughter. In came Joss Whedon to write and direct new scenes for the film. The finished film, goes the story, was mandated by Warner Bros to hit a two hour running time, with the studio stung by the response to Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
The finished film proved to be something of a mess. Let’s go with that. Yet its fandom have been clamouring for a Zack Snyder version of the film. It’s no secret that the project underwent a lot of retooling in its final six months, and whilst effects work and such like for where Snyder would have taken the film was reportedly never complete, it’s not stopped a fan campaign called #ReleaseTheSnyderCut making an awful lot of noise.
An increasing amount of noise, as it happens. And on social media this past weekend, two significant names added their support. Both Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck, Wonder Woman and the former Batman, sent out the following…
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) November 17, 2019
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) November 17, 2019
Snyder added support via a retweet too.
Whether this was coordinated is unclear, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, there remains no plans to announce a new cut of Justice League at the moment. Whether it could ultimately end up on the HBO Max streaming service that Warner Bros is pumping cash into has been at the heart of recent speculation.
Given the growing clamour, it can’t just be me that wonders if this is now a case of when rather than if an alternate Justice League cut is released. It can’t just be me too that feels that it’s going to need to be a very alternate cut to improve the movie that we say. Never say never, though…
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