Category: DC Extended Universe

Does a Definitive Zack Snyder Cut of Justice League Exist?

Spinning the disastrous box office of Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s Justice League film cannot be done with any credibility. The film failed to connect with audiences and critics. The departure of director Zack Snyder due to a personal crisis has been blamed for some of the film’s failure. Replacing a director doesn’t usually lead to the creation of a well-crafted finished film. Rumors recently emerged that Snyder did shoot enough footage that his version of the film could be edited and released on home video. Warner Bros., however, has zero interest in releasing the Zack Snyder cut of a film ultimately completed by Joss Whedon.

Warner Bros. noted that significant special effects work, editing, and sound mixing would be required to release the Zack Snyder cut in an acceptable version. Since the theatrical version of the film failed to break even, Warner Bros. doubtfully wishes to spend millions upon millions of dollars on a DVD/Blu-ray that won’t make its extra costs back.

Interestingly, rumors recently emerged that a far more complete version of the Snyder cut does exist. If this version didn’t require editing or mixing, then releasing it wouldn’t come with added cost. Don’t look for Warner Bros. to release such a DVD even if Snyder’s cut truly is a complete version. Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment want to put the disastrous release of Justice League back into the past. Releasing a better version of the official one simply draws more attention to the current cinematic woes facing heroes of DC Comics. DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. need Aquaman, Shazam!, and Wonder Woman 2 to perform quite well at the box office. Anything that reminds fans that Warner and DC Entertainment delivers duds doesn’t help the cause.

That said, the Zack Snyder cut may eventually be released in the future. However, that time could be many years away.

Marv Wolfman Praises Movie’s Deathstroke

Marv Wolfman, co-creator of the DC Comics character Deathstroke, has praised his usage in the recent DC Extended Universe film Justice League.

Posting a picture of him on his Facebook page, Wolfman wrote “Photo courtesy of Joe Manganiello who looks like he stepped right out of the pages of New Teen Titans. Does he look perfect or what? Cannot wait to see where he appears next.”

He also advises people to “stay to the very, very end,” alluding to the fact that Manganiello’s Deathstroke only appears in the film’s second and final post-credits scene.

Deathstroke the Terminator, real name Slade Wilson, is an assassin who originally focused on fighting the Teen Titans, though he has since expanded into a more general DC Comics antagonist and anti-hero. A scientific experiment gave him enhanced physical abilities, and he has his own peculiar moral code that makes him a more interesting villain than just a plain, thoughtless killer.

In the Justice League post-credits scene, Deathstroke meets with Lex Luthor (played by Jesse Eisenberg), who is revealed to have escaped prison and left a body double in his place. The two discuss the recent formation of the Justice League, and Luthor suggests that they begin “a league of our own,” implying some sort of villain team-up in a sequel film.

In the DCEU, Deathstroke is apparently an antagonist of Ben Affleck’s Batman; he was originally slated to appear in The Batman solo film, though at this point his involvement is up in the air.

Justice League was the first time that fans could see Deathstroke in a live-action movie, but he is no stranger to adaptations: he was one of the chief antagonists of the Teen Titans cartoon, had a smaller part in Young Justice, appeared in several of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies and was a recurring antagonist on the Arrow TV show.