Zack Snyder makes it clear that his cut of “Justice League” will only include footage that he shot prior to dropping off the film before Joss Whedon took over…
Zack Snyder will not be using any footage shot by Joss Whedon when he releases his cut of “Justice League” in 2021.
This past weekend at an event dubbed “Justice Con,” the director took part in a 60-minute panel discussing the release of the “Snyder Cut” of “Justice League,” which will debut on HBO Max next year. Snyder was almost finished with his version of the movie when he was forced to drop out of production following the tragic suicide of his daughter.
In his place stepped Whedon, who was tasked with reshaping and essentially re-filming large parts of “Justice League” for what the studio believed would be a fan friendlier version of the movie. “Justice League” ultimately tanked at the box office and critics slammed the movie after its release.
Now three years after the film hit theaters, Snyder has been granted a hefty budget to re-cut a version of the film that will see his original vision realized after fans and many actors from “Justice League” asked for his cut to be released. During the panel that focused on Snyder, he actually revealed a brief look at a scene from his version of “Justice League,” which showed Henry Cavill dressed as Superman in a black outfit as he meets Bruce Wayne’s butler, Alfred Pennyworth.
Later, Snyder revealed that while his cut of “Justice League” will be a massive film — some rumors have the movie running at over three plus hours — he will absolutely, positively not use a single frame of footage shot by Whedon after he left the project.
“There would be no chance on earth that I would use a shot that was made after I left the movie,” Snyder said. “I’d destroy the movie, I would set it on fire before I would use a single frame that I did not photograph. That is a fucking hard fact.
“I literally would blow that fucking thing up if I thought for a second. Anything you see in this movie which reminds you of the other theatrical release, which again famously I have not, I literally have never seen, would be because that was a thing I had done, and he borrowed for whatever that monster [was] that you guys saw in the theater.”
As Snyder stated, he never actually saw the version of “Justice League” that made it into theaters and judging by his comments, it doesn’t sound like he’s racing to HBO Max to watch Whedon’s cut of the movie.
While Snyder won’t be afforded any reshoots to finish his version of “Justice League,” the director seems confident that given enough tie with the footage he already shot that he’ll be able to put together the movie as he first intended.
The working title for the film — “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” — will be released on HBO Max sometime in 2021. You can see the scene from his film from the “Justice Con” panel above.