Zack Snyder on Why He Really Left ‘Justice League’

by Eric Lee
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Justice League director Zack Snyder has opened up on the full reasons why he left the Justice League film back in 2017.

In an interview with CinemaBlend’s Sean O’Connell, Snyder was very upfront about why he decided to leave the project mid-production. Fans know that Snyder lost his daughter  in 2017 while he was making the movie. Many associated the passing with Snyder quitting the film. However, that’s only part of the story.

Snyder revealed that there was also a lot of studio interference, and he talked about how he constantly battled executives for his vision of the film. However, after the family tragedy, Snyder didn’t wish to continue fighting and walked away.

I just was kind of done with it. I was in this place of [knowing] my family needs me more than this bullshit, and I just need to honor them and do the best I can to heal that world. I had no energy to fight [the studio], and fight for [the movie]. Literally, zero energy for that. I really think that’s the main thing. I think there’s a different world where I stayed and kind of tried. And I’m sure I could have . . . because every movie is a fight, right? I was used to that. But I just did not have the [energy]. There was no fight in me. I had been beaten by what was going on in my life and I just didn’t want to, I didn’t care to . . . that was kind of where I was.

Zack Snyder V Studio Interference

It seems like studio demands and the personal family crisis pulled Zack Snyder in two directions. He would’ve able to fight back against the studio under normal circumstances, but in light of his personal tragedy, Snyder’s emotional energy was clearly diverted to coping with his family’s loss.

Nobody could blame Snyder for that reason. It is however interesting to consider that there was some heavy studio in-fighting going on behind-the-scenes. Many fans speculated that Warner Bros. took the criticisms of Batman V Superman to heart and wanted to change the tone of Justice League.

There was a common reaction to Batman V Superman being “too dark” and “too serious”, so it’s not hard to connect the dots and speculate that Warner executives wanted to reel in Snyder’s trademark tone and “lighten up” the movie. It’s entirely possible that put a lot of pressure on Snyder while filmmaking.

In any case, fans will finally be able to see Snyder’s version of Justice League in March, on HBOMax.

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