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Zack Snyder Was Afraid WB Would Sue Him for Supporting Snyder Cut Movement

Zack Snyder says he feared retribution from Warner Bros. if he publicly supported the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement that began shortly after the theatrical version of Justice League was released in 2017.

Speaking to The Sunday Times (behind a paywall), Snyder shared that he was worried that Warner Bros might retaliate with a lawsuit if the director showed support for the online fan movement that demanded a version of The Justice League fully shot and edited by Zack Snyder.

“I was more worried the studio would sue me. Do something to silence me,” Snyder says in an interview when asked about the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement. Though initially quiet, Snyder began to share snippets of his Justice League movie online, and stars like Ray Fisher, Ben Affleck, and Gal Gadot also publicly called for the release of the Snyder Cut.

Snyder, who directed Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, was hired to film DC’s big team-up movie. But his daughter’s death led Snyder to step down from his duties. Joss Whedon was later hired to reshoot and rework Justice League for its theatrical release.

Following the poor reception of Whedon’s version, fans gathered online asking for the release of the film dubbed “The Snyder Cut.” Fans pointed to promotional materials, images, scenes, and casting that didn’t appear in the theatrical version as proof there was a different version of Justice League in existence.

Some fans even paid for billboards and an airplane messenger for public stunts calling for the release of the SnyderCut.

“Here’s the reality. That fandom raised $750,000 for suicide prevention and mental health awareness,” Snyder says when asked about the fandom’s reputation for toxicity.

The Snyder Cut was eventually released as an HBO Max exclusive under the name Zack Snyder’s Justice League. The four-hour movie was edited using only the shots Snyder originally filmed, plus a few new shots including one featuring Jared Leto’s Joker.

You can read IGN’s full Zack Snyder’s Justice League review here, and check out our own interview with Zack Snyder from IGN Fan Fest. His new movie Army of the Dead will premiere on Netflix and some theaters.


Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor. 

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