Ever since Justice League critically and commercially underperformed in theaters last fall, there's been a rallying cry from many fans of the DC Extended Universe for Warner Bros to release what's been called "The Snyder Cut," a version of the movie that better reflects director Zack Snyder's creative vision before he departed. It's been said that there's at least an assembly cut of Snyder's Justice League out there, but Warner Bros hasn't commented on the matter... until now. For those of you who've been hoping that the Snyder Cut would be made available to the public, I bring bad news, as it sounds like Warner Bros has no plans to release it.
With DC craving out its own chunk of the Warner Bros presentation at San Diego Comic-Con this Saturday, there'd been speculation online that some of that time would be dedicated to announcing the release of Zack Snyder's cut of Justice League. However, in a Wall Street Journal story about the Snyder Cut, a senior executive confirmed that there won't be any mention such a cut or any alternative versions of Justice League. In this crazy world, there's always the chance that the bigwigs at Warner Bros might change their minds and deliver an alternate Justice League cut at a later date. Remember, we didn't see the Richard Donner cut of Superman II until over two decades later. But for now, those of you who want to watch a live action Justice League movie will just have to turn to the theatrical cut.
Having already helmed Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zack Snyder returned to direct Justice League, and he was around for the entirety of principal photography. However, after the tragic passing of his daughter, it was announced in May 2017 that Snyder had stepped away from the movie, and Joss Whedon, who had already been brought aboard to rewrite portions of the script, was tasked with overseeing Justice League during reshoots. In recent months, Snyder has been sharing behind-the-scenes photos of his time on Justice League, but Snyder's spokeswoman told WSJ that the director has never watched the Justice League theatrical cut. For those who've been following Snyder on his Vero account, this doesn't come entirely as a shock, as he previously mentioned that he had no knowledge of the Russian family in Justice League, indicating that they were added after his departure.
So there we have it. Barring any surprise announcements in the future, it looks like we can shut the book on Justice League for good. While the DCEU is pressing onwards with movies like Aquaman, Shazam! and Wonder Woman 1984, it remains to be seen if Justice League 2 will move forward, but for right now, there are no plans for Zack Snyder to direct another DC movie. Instead, he will turn his attention to developing an adaptation of The Fountainhead. If you want to learn what other DCEU projects are in the works, check out our handy guide.