For anyone familiar with the “Snyder Cut” movement, “#ReleaseTheSnyderCut” is a call for artistic freedom, and – much like Superman’s S in the current DCEU – a symbol of hope.
Halfway through production of Justice League, Zack Snyder pulled out for personal matters. Joss Whedon (The Avengers) stepped in to finish the film, and as a result the franchise that Snyder helped build from the ground up was forever changed. Whether that change was good or bad is still debated, but in the time since the final product’s release the general consensus has been mixed. Good or bad though, the only thing that all Snyder fans seem to have actually agreed on is that something better must exist.
Snyder is a director universally known for having and eventually releasing “Director’s Cuts” of all of his films, and it’s also universally known that those cuts are better received.
In the years since Justice League‘s release, Snyder himself, having returned to the spotlight, has also confirmed the existence of a different (and possibly better) version of the film. He’s continually toyed with critics and fans as to whether it’ll ever be released, but also said that it’s ultimately up to the studio.
In fact, the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement was originally created to get the studio’s attention, and since its inception, it’s become too big to deny its impact. Aquaman himself, Jason Momoa, also confirmed its existence a few weeks ago when he used it in an Instagram post where he also posted a never-before-seen still from the film.
But Sunday, exactly two years to the day that the film was released theatrically, the movement gained even more momentum. It started when Ray Fisher tweeted out a black and white photo of his character, Victor Stone a.k.a Cyborg, with the caption “Two Years. #releasethesnydercut” Shortly after, Gal Gadot tweeted out another seemingly never-before-seen still with her character, Wonder Woman, from the film with the caption “#ReleaseTheSnyderCut.” But the biggest surprise came from Batman himself, as Ben Affleck also tweeted out the hashtag in support of the movement.
Snyder quote tweeted both Gadot’s and Affleck’s posts indicating that both Wonder Woman and Batman just, “can’t be wrong.” Fans were immediately both shocked and intrigued, and as of right now no one has any idea what to make of any of this. With Warner Bros. debuting their brand new streaming service, HBO Max, in the Spring, it’s theorized that the media giant could be waiting until then to make any major announcement pertaining to the Cut, and that’s if they have anything to say about it at all.
Of course nothing is confirmed, and I’m no metahuman, but judging by the size of this movement and it’s ongoing growth, it just feels like the fabled “Snyder Cut” is closer to fruition now more than ever.
We’ll just have to wait and see.
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