Did Warner Bros just dash our hopes for #RestoretheSnyderverse?
Over the weekend, HBOMax finally released Zack Snyder’s completed vision for Justice League. It was not only good, but, like, really, really, really good. Shockingly good. On the entertainment side of Twitter, it was pretty much the only thing people were talking about.
The DC haters, who seem intent on pushing some narrative about how DC is a toxic fandom, or the pseudo-intellectuals who generally just thumb their noses at super hero spectacles, were pretty much drowned out by the fanfare of folks cheering at the success of #releasethesnydercut.
Vindication tastes so sweet.
The movie, (which, if you haven’t seen it yet, you should because it’s amazing. At least if you like superhero movies) is being lauded by many as being better than Avenger’s Endgame. YouTube did what YouTube does and exploded with reviews, recaps, breakdowns, and analyses. Many people were so excited by groundwork that is laid in the movie that a top trending hashtag on Twitter became #RestoretheSnyderverse.
The dust barely settled on the Snydercut hysteria before DC decided to announce Monday morning that they had no plans to restore the Snyderverse.
Ann Sarnoff, CEO of Warner Bros, released an announcement at 8am on Monday morning stating that they had no intentions of restoring the Snyderverse. She said that WB was instead going to focus on their one-off features which are already in production.
Talk about a buzzkill.
The timing of the release is peculiar. No CEO I know of is getting up at 6am Pacific Time to release a statement like this; which suggests that it was a precipitated attack. She clearly had intentions of shutting down any sequel speculations before they got too out of hand.
It kind of makes sense. WB had already moved on with Robert Pattinson’s Batman, and any future Justice League plans had pretty much been dead for a while, until the Snydercut was announced last May. Getting everyone back on board four years later to continue the Snyderverse may present some challenges. Eg. Would 48-year-old Ben Affleck still want to continue in the role as Batman?
The thing that’s confusing though, is why would they not entertain the idea? The reason Marvel works so well is the universe building. It creates investment for fans. The reason Marvel fans go see every movie is largely because they are all tied together which creates a cohesive story.
Without a shared universe, DC presents no requirement for fans to see each film. This is largely why Birds of Prey was kind of a flop; there was no incentive for casual DC fans to want to go see it.
The real question though, is why would Zach Snyder, Ben Affleck, Jared Leto, and company go out of their way to film the added knightmare scene at the end of the Snydercut if they aren’t planning on continuing the story? Snyder claims that he just wanted to finish his original idea, but I’m not so sure I buy that.
I think DC fans should hold out hope. If there’s one thing we have all learned from following movie news, it’s that nothing is set in stone. And Lord knows, the execs over at HBOMax would probably love to have a Justice League universe, even if it’s separate from the theatrical movies.