Zack Snyder Addresses the Snyder Cut's Place in the DCEU

It is no secret that the DCEU has been on a rocky path.

Some films like 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad scored incredibly low Rotten Tomatoes and faced a host of fan criticism, while others like 2017's Wonder Woman and 2019's Shazam! achieved resounding success in both the critic and audience spheres. 

Justice League, unfortunately, falls into the former category. However, a multi-year fan campaign is finally seeing promising results which could possibly redeem the less-than-stellar team-up film. 

After Zack Snyder's untimely exit from the film due to a family tragedy, leaving Justice League in the hands of The Avengers director Joss Whedon, fans felt that the film was not able to reach its full potential. The hashtag #ReleaseTheSnyderCut has come and gone on the internet over the years, and now these fans who have campaigned for a finished film from Snyder to be released are getting their wish.

The film will premiere on HBO Max next year, and will be just like it sounds: Zack Snyder's cut of the film, the way he would have finished it. Considering how some viewers have pointed out that Snyder's extended version of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice redeemed that film at least a bit in their eyes, it is no surprise that some have much excitement for the upcoming cut. While some fans feel certain that it will be an improvement over Whedon's theatrical cut, what is not at all completely certain is how the plot of the new Justice League cut might differ, and how the events of the film and the ending might impact the DCEU at large.

Snyder sat down with Grace Randolph from the Beyond the Trailer to discuss his thoughts on the film in this interview

According to Snyder, his cut is "its own path" and "kind of separate" from the continuity in the DCEU, hinting that the film can be in its own continuity. It may be possible, though, for it to be tied to other material somehow. Snyder said that he thinks this is a good thing, and spoke specifically about the multiverse concept that the DCEU is diving into.

 "...I think that you know the power of DC and one of its cool strengths is that sort of multiverse concept... and also where they kind of put filmmakers first and say, "You know what guys? We wanna hear your individual voices, take these characters and do a run and so show us what... you would do in sort of the great tradition of comic book writing and runs that have been done with all these amazing characters.'"
For fans of Snyder's previous DC films (Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and Man of Steel), the next piece of information will be good news. The director established that his cut will, in a way, "continue the story" that those films started. 

"There's continuity across those three movies that's really I think, you know, very... (Connected hand gesture) Because I made them... That's what I really, that's my main focus is to satisfy that narrative structure, you know? [...] To continue that story."
Snyder even spoke with Randolph about the runtime of the film. While his original stated runtime for the film was 214 minutes, Snyder now thinks the film will run even longer. For those keeping track at home, that means the film will have a running time that is longer than 3.5 hours. With that duration in mind, we will be glad to be able to watch this one from the comfort of our homes. That is for sure. 

So what does this mean for the DCEU?

Early on in the DCEU's inception, Snyder spoke about having planned a five-film arc for Superman, which would include a trilogy of Justice League films. The release of Snyder's cut of this film could lead to a more fully-formed "Snyderverse," which would allow him to continue to build and connect the plot lines created in his first two DC films. If he is given more freedom, we could see Snyder's original plans put to the screen after all, which could potentially be an exciting move for the DC universe at large, if only to see some semblance of a complete story.

Whatever happens, there are bound to be people who are so excited for next year's release of Justice League, and who hope this means that Snyder's involvement in the DCEU is here to stay.

Source(s): The Direct