Director Zack Snyder dropped the first official trailer for his Justice League in a big win for his fans. It affirms the due artistic value the director and his creation deserves. WB has literally paid a high price for the blunder that was the Justice League theatrical cut.
First, the studio pressurized Snyder into cutting the movie short and lightening its mood. When he stepped down, the studio paid an additional $25 million for Joss Whedon’s suggested reshoots. The resulting movie lacked Snyder’s touch, had choppy editing and reduced many characters. The overall colorful treatment didn’t go down well with the audience and gave rise to the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut campaign.
The fans campaigned over social media to get director’s cut released. The campaign stirred much controversy to the extent of abuse of certain media figures. Vanity Fair described fans aggression as ‘harassment campaigns.’ Regardless, it got the attention of the director himself and the dissatisfied cast of the movie. So back in May, when Snyder announced the release of his director’s cut of Justice League, we thought it’s time to put all controversies at rest. But the new trailer has now divided fans further.
The Snyder Cut Trailer Reactions
Snyder Cut’s trailer dropped at the DC FanDome event. It opened to tunes of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. The slow-motion trailer quenched fan’s sore senses. The trailer contained familiar shots from a different perspective. It created a lot of excitement with shots that were left out on the editing floor by Whedon.
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Most admirers of Snyder’s work enjoyed the reworked colour tones and pace of the trailer coupled with new info. A section of fans has cast doubts about the upcoming miniseries. Some fans on Reddit questioned the translation of the same vibe in a full-length feature. A Redditor reacted to the trailer, “Snyder movies (other than Dawn of the Dead & 300) feel like a bunch of neat scenes with the flimsiest of connective tissue and 2-dimensional characters. Here’s hoping the extra time to put this together helps.”
Some even criticized the choice of the soundtrack which was previously used by Snyder in an awkward intimate scene in Watchmen. One user wrote, I started the trailer and just went “Oh who the f**** let him use this song again. Because no matter what version, that song will always in my brain be associated with one of the most awkward sex scenes in film.” Further, most fans are excited with the new trailer, a fan reacted, “It will be interesting to see a somewhat less compromised version of whatever Snyder originally had planned.”
Director’s Cut Is Not For Children
Snyder confirmed during a fan event last month that his Justice League is part of DC’s Elseworlds concept. The continuity of his JL cut doesn’t hamper any other timeline from DC’s Earth-Prime. On Sunday when Forbes film critic Scott Mendelson noted on Twitter that most of the footage from the Snyder’s Cut trailer has appeared in the theatrical cut, the director indeed got defensive. He shot back, “You said you enjoyed the theatrical cut of Justice League like you enjoy your Saturday morning cartoons… Well this is made for grownups, so you’re not in the demographic.”
For his supporters, the worst that can happen to the director’s cut is to be compared to the theatrical version. Snyder admittedly has never seen Whedon’s cut and famously said last month that he’d like to set fire to the reel than using any of Whedon’s footage.
Snyder confirmed during a fan event last month that his Justice League is part of DC’s Elseworlds concept.
The director has often spoken about elevating comic book movies to a serious form of art. In defense of the criticism received for Batman Vs Superman and Man of Steel plot points, before Snyder, Christopher Nolan successfully created a Dark Knight tale with realism that further supports Zack’s Elseworlds attempt. Hopefully, his four-part release will bring the critics and fans to a consensus. Else, Hallelujah!