When Zack Snyder stepped down as the director of DC’s Justice League in 2016, he never even dreamed that the world will ever get to see his vision. But the Snyder Cut became a reality in 2021 through the massive #ReleaseTheSnyderCut online fan campaign. And now, after the majorly positive response, the film has received post its release on HBO Max, fans are campaigning to push the Warner Bros to restore the Snyderverse. But the mammoth organization has no plans of “tolerating” the “toxic” fans rallying for Snyder helming the DCEU films again.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League happened, Snyderverse won’t
In a recent chat with Variety, WarnerMedia Studios CEO Ann Sarnoff shared her and largely Warner Bros’ thoughts on Zack Snyder’s Justice League getting a chance to reach its fans. While by releasing the film, the production house has seemingly given in to the demands of the fans, they have no plans of bringing Snyder back to the DCEU.
“We’re always going to listen to our fans, but we are in service of the broadest fanbase and we owe them an integrated, holistic strategy. We are the shepherds of the franchise and hopefully when the fans see what we’ve got in store they’ll know that DC is in good hands across many different platforms with many different creators.”
“We want different voices in the mix. For certain fans that want singular voices, they may be disappointed, but we would ask them to be patient and see what we’ve got in store because perhaps the newer voices in the mix will have just as compelling stories to tell. On balance, you of course want to listen to your fans, but we do want to stay true to our vision and our mission for DC and build that out,” she shared.
Currently, the company is busy with the rebooted introduction of the caped crusader via Matt Reeves’ directed The Batman starring Robert Pattinson and James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad plus its spin-off HBO Max series, Peacemaker. Despite the very different direction, the DCEU is all set to take, fans are still campaigning for Snyder’s return to complete his Justice League trilogy and often, this zealous loyalty has transformed into negative comments levelled at the Warner Bros’ executives.
But the organization is not going to be rattled by this toxic half of the DC fandom
“We’re not tolerating any of that. That behavior is reprehensible no matter what franchise you’re talking about or what business you’re talking about. It’s completely unacceptable. I’m very disappointed in the fans that have chosen to go to that negative place with regard to DC, with regard to some of our executives. It’s just disappointing because we want this to be a safe place to be. We want DC to be a fandom that feels safe and inclusive. We want people to be able to speak up for the things they love, but we don’t want it to be a culture of cancelling things that any small faction isn’t happy with. We are not about that. We are about positivity and celebration,” she explained.
“I appreciate that they love Zack’s work and we are very thankful for his many contributions to DC. We’re just so happy that he could bring his cut of the Justice League to life because that wasn’t in the plan until about a year ago. With that comes the completion of his trilogy. We’re very happy we’ve done this, but we’re very excited about the plans we have for all the multi-dimensional DC characters that are being developed right now,” she added.