It was long hypothesized and believed that Zack Snyder had a darker version for Justice League planned, specifically the final battle, than what we got in the theatrical version Warner Bros. released last year. The Avengers director Joss Whedon was brought on to reshoot scenes after Zack Snyder’s cut apparently didn’t satisfy the powers that be. Now, we’ve had some recent VFX reels hit the web, released by the company who worked on the visual effects for the film, and they seemingly prove the theory right. It was intended to be a darker finale.
Fans have been clamoring for a “Snyder Cut” of the film to be released, especially after storyboard artist Jay Oliva confirmed that Whedon’s story didn’t follow the narrative pushed forward by Snyder that Oliva had worked on. While speaking with Revenge of the Fans, Oliva spoke about the release of the “Snyder Cut” and why it’s needed:
“That’s what the whole movement is about. It’s not about finishing the film it’s about showing the fans of Zack’s universe established in MoS and BvS the more accurate representation of where the story was supposed to go.”
At least now we’re able to see some of the footage that fans of the DCEU have been wanting to see. The first bit of footage gives us a look at each member of the Justice League through Blind LTD’s work…
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The second clip gives us a look at how dark the finale could have been. Would it have made the film a better representation of the Justice League? That remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure, the release of this footage isn’t going to stop fans from asking for Snyder’s version…
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