(LOS ANGELES) — For fans of director Zack Snyder, today is the day they’ve waited more than three years for: his four-hour, two-minute cut of Justice League debuts on HBO Max today.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League is the director’s original vision for the 2017 film, complete with a new soundtrack, enhanced special effects — and minus the fan-flamed re-shoots director Joss Whedon added when he replaced Snyder after he dropped out of the project following the tragic death by suicide of his adopted daughter Autumn.
Deborah Snyder, one of the film’s producers, tells ABC Audio she refused to allow her husband to see Whedon’s version. “Without any judgment on that film, I think when you have spent so many years with these characters and plotting where they go…and you have to walk away..I think it just makes it difficult to see, I think, on a personal level.”
Rumors that Snyder’s version of the film still existed led to the viral hashtag campaign #ReleaseTheSnyderCut — which was also backed by Justice League‘s stars.
It convinced Warner Bros. to invest millions to allow Synder to revisit it.
The hashtag’s boosters also raised $600,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) in Autumn’s honor.
“It was unbelievable,” Zack Snyder tells ABC Audio.
Deborah Snyder says they were amazed the fans even started their own ad campaign. “…They were always up the ante. You know, it was like a bus station at Comic-Con, an airplane flying over Warner Brothers. And then it was like those billboards in Times Square. And we were like, ‘Oh, my goodness!'”
Zack says, “It was this weird sort of drumbeat that just continued to get louder and louder…and I thought, ‘OK, this is where is this really going to go?’ I mean, I do appreciate the emphasis on the charity’s suicide prevention and mental health awareness. I thought that was plenty, frankly,” he admits.
“But then to actually end up in the end with this amazing cast and this amazing fandom joining together to get this movie actually made, you know, who could have saw that coming? I sure didn’t.”
By Stephen Iervolino
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