This picture published by HBO Max shows from left Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and director Zack Snyder on the set of “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” (Clay Enos / HBO Max via AP)

Zack Snyder never really believed that his editing of “Justice League” would see the light of day.It has technically been in existence since January 2017, but it was in no form to be published.It was four hours, in black and white, with storyboards, on which visual effects should take place, and an unfinished score

“When I finished I said, well, no one is ever going to see this movie,” he said

Although he was officially recognized as the director of the DC superhero mashup starring Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Ben Affleck’s Batman, and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, which hit theaters in the summer of 2017, he and Deborah Snyder – his wife and production partner – occurred away from the movie months earlier. Relations with the studio were strained and the pressure got too great, especially after the suicide of their 20-year-old daughter Autumn. So the Snyders went away and Joss Whedon was hired to revise the Justice League as well to finish “The result was both a critical and financial disappointment and a toxic environment as well, according to cast members like Ray Fisher, who plays cyborg

The Snyders had for the most part parted ways with the whole ordeal, but fans didn’t stop asking about The Snyder Cut, and their gestures became more and more sophisticated: planes with # ReleasetheSnyderCut banners were flying over the Warner Bros. flown Los in Burbank and during 2019 San Diego Comic-Con They even rented a billboard in Time’s Square.Over the years the hashtag got so ubiquitous that it even became a joke on Why on Earth Should a Studio For pay for the rerun of an epic disaster?

Well, a couple of things happened: There was a change in leadership in the studio and suddenly everyone was looking for content for their new streaming service HBO Max Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich asked the Snyders if they could publish what they had

“We thought it was really rough,” said Deborah Snyder. But they saw an opportunity to finish what they had started and she went to work to put together a place It was a familiar area for the former advertising specialist, but also completely unprecedented in many ways

“I think the biggest challenge was convincing HBO Max that it was worth the money to do so, at the end of the day, it’s a business for them, and if they want to spend X they want to make sure they get a return for this deal, “she said,” and with a movie that had already come out, we also had to show everyone that this was a different animal that wasn’t the same “

The fans were a crucial component for HBO Max, that meant possible subscriptions, and the Snyders got permission to finish the score, 2To add 650 visual effects and film an extra scene with Jared Leto’s Joker, it even turned out to be beneficial that everything was shut down due to COVID: it cleared up the visual effects houses that are usually booked years in advance

The result “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” will be released on HBO Max on Thursday It’s not just a director’s cut It’s a brand new movie And apparently even critics have come on board As of Wednesday, it was 78% rotten tomatoes – a huge improvement over the 40% of the original

“It’s the journey of the team that comes together to be able to explore every member of this team and who they are and what fights they have in this format? We couldn’t have done that (for theater),” said Deborah Snyder. “Now we really get this really immersive journey that we can continue with the characters And I think in the end it’s more fulfilling We care more about them because you see where they come from “

Deborah Snyder said it “still doesn’t feel super real” It’s only been weeks since they finished and it’s also the end of a chapter. Even though the Snyder were some of the main architects of the modern DC universe, the going back to 2013’s “Man of Steel” and being behind the cast of people like Gadot and Momoa, they move on to different things like Netflix’s “Army of the Dead” “What’s Out In May And The DC World Goes On Without Her

The Snyders are still very grateful to the fans, but not just because of their passion for releasing the Snyder Cut. After their daughter died, they decided to speak publicly about the fact that it was suicide and the Support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (ASFP)

“We felt public enough to make a statement. Often there is such a stigma on mental health and people are afraid to talk about it or are embarrassed,” she said. “During this trip with the fall, we got together very much often felt the same way “

What they never expected was that the fans would jump on this thing too.In the end, the fans donated around 500$ 000 for the ASFP

“I think that touched us more than anything,” she said “At the end of the day, Justice League is a movie That means a lot And the characters mean a lot to a lot of people But actually people help, especially people who are fighting? To me that means so much more “


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