Although Zack Snyder’s Justice League has been a success for HBO Max, with Snyder’s long-awaited original version of the troubled DC team-up warmly received by fans and even critics, Warner Bros. and its parent company WarnerMedia wasted little time dismissing calls for more of his take on the DC Extended Universe.
Just days after the release of the four-hour superhero epic, WarnerMedia CEO Ann Sarnoff shot down the hopes of the growing #RestoreTheSnyderVerse fan campaign by calling ZSJL “the completion of his trilogy”, and now Snyder has acknowledged that further Justice League instalments are looking highly unlikely.
“Warner Bros. has been aggressively anti-Snyder if you will. What can I say? Clearly, they’re not interested in my take,” Snyder told Jake’s Takes during a promotional interview for his new movie Army of the Dead. “But I would also say that they certainly weren’t interested in – I would have said originally – in my take on Justice League. They certainly made decisions about that.”
“I love the characters, and I love the worlds, and I think it’s an amazing place to make a movie,” he continued. “It’s a glorious IP. So there’s that. I don’t know what could be done as you go forward other than I think the fan movement is so strong, and the fan community, their intention is so pure, and I really have this huge respect for it. I would hope that cooler heads would prevail and they would see that there’s this massive fandom that wants more of that.”
Meanwhile, speaking to Uproxx, Snyder admitted that despite allowing him to complete his take on Justice League, he still encountered problems with the studio during reshoots and post-production last year:
” It was cool to do the Snyder Cut of Justice League and that was fun and everything. But Warner Bros. still tortured me the whole time for whatever reason, they can’t help it. I don’t know why I’m such a fucking pain in their ass because I’m not trying to be, honestly… I don’t want to get in trouble either, but I’m not going to sit here and let them act like that and not… Look, they’re the ones that have been aggressive, not me. I haven’t done anything. Every day they’d turn around and do some weird passive-aggressive thing. So, I don’t know. It’s weird. But look, like I say, I had a great time making Justice League. I’m super glad I got to finish it.”
In ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE, determined to ensure Superman’s (Henry Cavill) ultimate sacrifice was not in vain, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) aligns forces with Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) with plans to recruit a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions. The task proves more difficult than Bruce imagined, as each of the recruits must face the demons of their own pasts to transcend that which has held them back, allowing them to come together, finally forming an unprecedented league of heroes. Now united, Batman (Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and The Flash (Ezra Miller) may be too late to save the planet from Steppenwolf, DeSaad, and Darkseid, and their dreadful intentions.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder and features Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Robin Wright as General Antiope, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, Amber Heard as Mera, Joe Morton as Silas Stone, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Ciaran Hinds as Steppenwolf, Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke, Harry Lennix as Martian Manhunter, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, Zheng Kai as Ryan Choi, Peter Guinness as DeSaad, Ray Porter as Darkseid, and Jared Leto as The Joker.