We've got some new info on the Justice League Snyder Cut. Or, rather, some details regarding exactly how much was changed when Joss Whedon boarded the project. Zack Snyder remains the credited director on the 2017 DC Comics adaptation, but it's been made painstakingly clear that what hit theaters does not even remotely resemble what he had in mind. It was evident before for those who have been keeping up with Snyder's social media activity over the past couple of years, but now we have some eye-opening insight.
Just to give some quick background, Zack Snyder moved quickly into production on Justice League after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Warner Bros. didn't expect the divisive response to that movie and that led to the studio getting cold feet. Ultimately, Snyder departed the production following the death of his daughter so that he could spend time with his family. Warner Bros. then brought in Joss Whedon to usher the project through the finish line. But it wasn't just a touch-up job.
According to a new report, which was released in light of the recent calls to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut by stars Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck, Joss Whedon was brought on board after being shown an earlier cut of Justice League. Warner Bros. hoped he could inject some humor into it, which seemed to work well for The Avengers. All told, Whedon added nearly 80 new script pages, which is beyond substantial. It's also said Whedon gave Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman more to do. He did the same for Amy Adams' Lois Lane and Diane Lane's Martha Kent. Whedon also cut subplots featuring Cyborg and The Flash, as well as an entire subplot featuring The Flash's love interest Iris West, played by Kiersey Clemons.
Ultimately, the reshoots proved to be problematic. This was in no small part thanks to Superman actor Henry Cavill's schedule. Cavill was also shooting Mission: Impossible - Fallout at the time and had to grow a mustache for the part. Superman, as fans will note, does not have a mustache and Paramount wouldn't let him shave it for the reshoots. So, CGI was used to remove it in post-production and the results were, to put it kindly, not perfect. In the end, we got a Frankenstein's monster of what Whedon did and what Snyder did, with Superman's mustache becoming an infamous meme.
The movie underperformed at the box office and lost a lot of money, given the over-inflated budget, said to be in the $300 million range, given the massive reshoots. Fans, in the two years since, have called for the studio to release the Snyder Cut, which does exist in some form or another. Zack Snyder has been sharing more and more images from his cut online recently, with the cast showcasing support for the director's vision. Whether or not Warner Bros. will ever put in the resources to get the Snyder Cut out in the world remains to be seen. This news comes to us via The New York Times.