“Justice League” Cuts & Compromise Talk

While fans petition left and right for Zack Snyder-only or Joss Whedon-only cuts of the recent “Justice League,” more and more reports arrive confirming such things are impossibilities. El Fanboy had the longest report on this recently, explaining why a Snyder only cut won’t happen:

“Back in February, nine months prior to the release of the film, Snyder showed an early version of Justice League to the studio. It definitely wasn’t the third option (the Final cut) because the film hadn’t completed post-production, and was still nine months from its November release date.

Upon seeing the rough cut, it’s been widely reported that the studio took major steps to change the film; Steps that included bringing on Joss Whedon to write- and eventually direct- a load of new material. This means that Snyder’s version stayed in whatever form it was left in back in February.

Now, technically, that second cut (the Rough cut) counts as a movie. The scenes are all in the right order; It has a beginning, middle, and end; It has some effects and music; So, if you felt so inclined, you could sit down and watch it. But that doesn’t mean it’s done.

Warner Bros won’t foot the bill for any of that [post-production, more visual effects work] and good luck trying to get the actors back for more filming. Whether it would cost $5 Million, or $70 Million (as has been reported), the studio simply refuses to throw another dollar at this film. They haven’t even broken even on the version that’s in theaters, so why would they want to get further in the hole completing a version that’s going straight to Blu-ray?”

As the report hit, so too has more details on scenes cut from the rough Snyder assembly cut via Kevin Smith who says excised material included a much more shut off Aquaman; dialogue scenes with Green Lantern, Zeus and Ares; Deathstroke breaking Lex out of prison in the middle of the film; and glimpses of Darkseid who reportedly played a big part in Steppenwolf’s motivation – meaning when those scenes were cut, Steppenwolf became a villain who was just evil as opposed to someone with an actual purpose for conquering Earth.

The Wrap posted a report suggesting the film wasn’t delayed, despite the reshoots, in part due to the various film executives at Warners worrying that their bonuses would have also been delayed had the movie been pushed into 2018.

Margot Robbie, who starred in the famously tinkered with by the studio “Suicide Squad,” told The Playlist this week that in producing her new film “I, Tonya” she learned a valuable lesson she hopes the DC franchise applies to its own movies:

“In my opinion a good producer trusts their director, and their job is to enable that director’s vision. That’s it. That’s your job. If that’s your director’s vision you need to do everything in your power to make that possible. And I think that’s a wonderful thing. In the DC Universe, too, once you decide on who your director is, and they have a vision, you have to enable that vision and step in at moments to keep it on course if need be. I think that’s the way. I think that’s what a producer should do.”

In related news today, a video essay by Patrick H. Willems is out and looks into how Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” uses color so effectively and juxtaposes war with a flatter, duller and more monochrome palette.