Zack Snyder talks Justice League Snydercut, the upcoming Justice Is Grey Edition, if Batman would have died in Snyder's once planned Justice League trilogy & more for Pop Culture Weekly with Kyle McMahon.
Zack Snyder is one of the most loved and hated directors in cinematic history. His work evokes rabid fandoms and angry blog posts. With box office on his films totaling over $3.10 billion dollars there is no denying that he commands an audience to come to theaters in droves to see his (usually) big budget tentpole films. I've been a Snyder fan since his first release back in 2004, a terrifying Dawn of the Dead remake and have loved each new film he has created from 300 to Watchmen. More recently, Snyder has been hard at work with superheroes, having launched the DC Comics Extended Universe (called the DCEU by movie and comic fans) with Man of Steel in 2013.
I sat down with the prolific director for Pop Culture Weekly to discuss the release of Zack Snyder's Justice League on HBO Max. The story of how the Snydercut came to be is as interesting as the plot of any Hollywood movie. After successfully rebooting the Superman franchise with Man of Steel and then following it up with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Snyder was working on Justice League, the first live action film to bring Batman, Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Cyborg together on screen. Justice League was a passion project for Snyder after mapping out a plan for the DCEU and was planned to be the first in a trilogy. While filming, tragedy struck when Snyder's 20 year old daughter Autumn committed suicide, leaving the Snyder family in absolute shock. Joss Whedon took over production and filming, essentially making the highly anticipated film a miss mash of two totally different visions.
With a box office bomb of just $657 million in box office receipts on a $350 million budget, Justice League was also critically maligned by both reviewers and fans. Immediately, they were demanding the version Zack Snyder wanted to make - the Snydercut. After more than 2 years of a huge, growing demand for the Snydercut, Warner Brothers announced they were green lighting Zack Snyder to finish his film, including a budget for the filming of new scenes. b
In my interview with Snyder for Pop Culture Weekly, I asked him if he incorporated any ideas from his planned Justice League trilogy into Zack Snyder's Justice League.
Not really. There is some hints, but more I would say on a sort of a teaser level, to what would come. This was a big bite anyway….there was a lot to get done in the 4 hours. And that was really all we shot.
Yes, there was a plan for more and that stuff is.... if you’re interested there’s a show in Dallas at ATT headquarters where you can go and take a look and kind of see the two other movie arc that we had planned. Though I'll say that they don’t really apply exactly to where we ended up. That was written prior to Justice League. So this would be where we go form here if I was…
Additionally, we spoke about his hope for the DCEU, the upcoming Justice Is Grey Edition of Justice League, if the rumor of Batman dying in his planned trilogy was true and so much more. Watch the video interview below or listen on this week's Pop Culture Weekly with Kyle McMahon.
Zack Snyder's Justice League is now streaming exclusively on HBO Max. Read my review of Zack Snyder's Justice League here.