Some movies can’t be fixed. But that doesn’t stop people from trying. Look, Justice League is not the worst movie ever made. It’s not Batman v. Superman. For one thing, there’s a lot less of Jesse Eisenberg’s ridiculous Lex Luthor and a lot more of Ezra Miller’s ridiculous Flash. For another thing, there’s an actual sense of humor. At least in the version we’ve seen.
If Zack Snyder superfans – and Ben Affleck, apparently – have their say, that could change. Maybe not the Lex Luthor/Flash stuff, but if Snyder’s previous output is any indication, definitely the sense of humor stuff.
For years now, the director’s fans have been clamoring to see the “Zack Snyder cut” of Justice League, which the director supposedly shot before having to leave the project due to the loss of his daughter. The movie was completed by Avengers director Joss Whedon, whose style is a lot less dour than Snyder’s, and who had already rewritten the script to add some levity and, dare I say, fun.
The resulting movie is not good, but whether that’s because it was the result of two directors Frankensteining different styles together or simply because the script and storyline – and the baggage from the aforementioned BvS debacle – is unknown. And it always will be, unless the mythical Snyder cut is ever released.
Ben Affleck wants the public to see it. While doing press for his forthcoming basketball redemption movie, Affleck told Cinema Blend his thoughts on the Snyder cut.
“I didn’t know about it. Zack was like, ‘Hey, they are doing this thing.’ And I said, ‘Zack, I love you, and I support you. However I can help you.’ I do think that movie, you know, having two directors is a very weird thing,” Affleck said. “And for ‘Justice League’, the director had a family tragedy. … and so you have a kind of cow’s body with a horse’s head a little bit with two directors a lot of times, for better or for worse.”
Lest it wasn’t clear, the former Batman added, “I do think Zack’s cut should be available.”
Affleck had previously tweeted #ReleasetheSnyderCut, the hashtag used by fans – and, on the same day as her costar, Gal Gadot – to pressure Warner Bros to let audiences see the “intended” version of the film.
Again, whether it’s better or worse than the Whedon-finished version is yet to be, or perhaps never to be, seen. I hope if it is ever released, Henry Cavill’s Superman keeps the mustache.