A recent feature story earlier this week in Variety has shaken some of the DC fandom with two points in particular drawing concern or ire.
The first is that the trade report quotes insiders at Warner Brothers who have labelled any potential release of the so-called ‘Snyder Cut’ of Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon’s live-action “Justice League” film as not much more than a “pipe dream”.
The long-running fan-driven campaign picked up steam the other week as the likes of Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot came forward to support a release of the “original version” of Snyder’s adaptation. In the wake of this news though, one fan reached out to Snyder on social media and asked whether it’s time to give up hope to which he simply responded: “Don’t.”
The other related to Superman. The trade story indicated that despite Henry Cavill’s insistence he’s still in the role, Warners is still undecided about any further “Man of Steel” films in the near future. They also indicated that Michael B. Jordan and J.J. Abrams have had meetings at the studio about the Superman character, but it was the wording of that quote that has drawn attention.
Specifically, the trade says the pair have been consulted “to help make the Man of Steel more relevant”. That line about the characters lack of relevancy has sparked sharp responses to the original article posting wondering what on Earth they’re talking about. Their argument is that he’s more relevant than ever – an immigrant and a fundamentally good and selfless person using their power to help others in a world on the edge of a climate catastrophe, where corruption is rife as governments aren’t held accountable, and where fascism and violence against minorities are seemingly on the rise.
Cavill himself has made comments in the past about doing a Superman movie that goes back to basics and brings back the hope and optimism of the character, whether he’ll get that wish – we’ll have to wait and see.