It is up to you to decide how you want to react to this latest update, but, we believe it. It is true that Joss Whedon has now become a key element in DCEU and therefore, it is not shocking if Warner Bros choose to prefer his director’s cut over the Zack Snyder version. Snyder hasn’t been good for their business, and now the WB doesn’t plan to keep any links with him. Therefore, why would they release his version of the Justice League? However, if we could, then we would release both.
It is evident that Joss Whedon’s massive reshoots of Justice League were in conflict with the original vision of Zack Snyder. One of the changes, the comeback of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor was reportedly cut and more scenes were given to Gal Gadot’s portrayal of Wonder Woman. It is not only the characters but, the overall tone of the film was given a lighter tone with Whedon discarding the darker palettes of Snyder to prefer a colorful version. The eventual Justice League was a merger of two visions, and this was felt when we watched the film. The style of the two directors is vastly different, whether it be the ultra slow-mo, the dark interiors, and exteriors and the tendency of Zack Snyder to alternate between zoom in and zoom out, Whedon cut back on all that, to the extent that you could very well tell which scene was shot by Whedon and which one by Snyder. The two extremely opposite directors’ work couldn’t have been more different, and that’s the Justice League we saw.
The varied response to Justice League was not shocking, and it currently has a 37% on Rotten Tomatoes, but, fans seemed to have been happy with it. The movie has a CinemaScore of a solid B+, and it has a very strong 7.4 IMDB rating. Not only that, “Justice League” has performed well in China ad its $51 million opening weekend was the second highest opening for a WB film after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
In the meanwhile, a section of the fans has been supporting an online petition asking for Zack Snyder’s original director’s cut. The movie’s cinematographer has also supported the campaign, expressing hope to see the Snyder cut of the movie and then the movie maker’s son Jett has talked about the flaws in the final product and the bias of WB who meddled with his father’s vision. Jett posted the following on Vero:
“On a more serious note, I did enjoy the movie, although it is clearly not what it could have been due to the meddling of Warner Brothers and the forced comedy. The runtime was my biggest gripe with the movie, with events that should take a long time over in a flash;$ but still definitely a fun movie to watch, and would recommend it.”
Whedon has been generally successful with his humorous touch in a majority of his films; it turned out to be ill-positioned in “Justice League” which had a grim tone embedded into its frames before Snyder exited. Jett is right to state that the full vision wasn’t shown on the big screen as the film was originally supposed to be much longer than the 121 minutes it ultimately clocked.
The demand for the director’s cut is becoming stronger with each passing day, and the movie’s stuntman Richard Cetrone has chipped in by sharing the fan petition on Facebook with the following comments:
It is not clear whether WB will give in to the fans demand or Snyder will get back the reins of the movie that he had to leave due to a personal loss sadly. However, it is clear that fans would gladly accept the Snyder vision of Justice League.