As we get closer to the release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, we’re starting to get more and more insight; from trailers to merch reveals to fun tidbits. Appearing on the LightCast Podcast, The Snyder Cut producer – and wife of director Zack Snyder – Deborah Snyder revealed some details about the early talks with Warner Bros. Initially, they were simply interested in releasing the cut the way it was:
When they approached us we had to come up with an idea of what it was because originally [the studio was] like, ‘You can just put the cut [out] just the way it is.’ Zack’s like, ‘No.’ It’s like a mish-mosh. The music we can’t use. If I’m going to do this, I’m going to do it the right way, or it’s not going to be the right way.
While that may have been fine to be part of a special edition Blu-Ray collectors set, I’m not sure how that would have played on HBO Max. When faced with so many options, even on the one service, would sitting down to watch an unfinished version of what has been perceived as a subpar movie be worth it? The Snyder’s may have felt the same, as they decided to figure out the costs to do it right “in secret”:
But to figure out in secret, because we didn’t know if it was going to be real. But just to figure out the costs of the visual effects, and we were doing this kind of on our own, so we could put together a presentation that we could go to the studio with and a big part of the presentation was the fans and what that represented to them. I wish it had taken them less time because then we wouldn’t be so under the gun to get it done, it still took them months to kind of figure it out.
HBO Max’s priority
While Warner Bros. may have been hesitant to initially spend extra money on The Snyder Cut, their parent Warner Media has a clear priority to grow HBO Max. The Snyders’ pitch was a success for Zack to finish the movie he wanted, and for Warner Media to showcase a selling point for their new streaming service. While the ongoing pandemic has allowed them to release their 2021 films concurrently, in theaters and on HBO Max, the streamer’s original big push was The Snyder Cut.
Fans helped make this four-hour version of the film a reality with the tremendous #ReleaseTheSnyderCut campaign on social media.
How would you have felt with The Snyder Cut uncut? Would that “mish-mosh” version have been interesting to see? Let us know in the comments below.
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Source: The Direct