What Happened to Zack Snyder’s Original Concept of Superman?

The departure of Zack Snyder from Justice League now forever leaves questions in the minds of fans. Obvious questions center on whether the film would have achieved better box office results and critical acclaim. Another question emerging centers on Superman’s personality. In Snyder’s original concept for Justice League, a reborn Superman becomes the “true” Superman. In other words, Superman’s persona and those of the comic book version wouldn’t be much different. The Superman of Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman, however, was significantly different.

In Snyder’s reimagining of Superman, the “Big Blue Boyscout” became much more cynical and violent. To many fans, Superman ceased to be Superman. Snyder seemed to wish to modernize Superman. Now, it seems there was a plan to evolve Superman from a darker version to the more optimistic one.

Harcore fans don’t seem to be the only ones turned off to the new version of Superman. Lackluster box office receipts speak volumes about the apathy fans felt towards the character. Unfortunately, superhero cinema aficionados will never know if Snyder’s original plan would have played out. Removing and replacing Snyder from Justice League ended the “Snyder path.”

Snyder really didn’t seem to be the right fit for the DC Extended Universe. Other than Wonder Woman, the entries disappointed critically. Several films did do well at the box office despite poor reviews, but the bad reviews caught up with them.

Fans still clamor for a release of the original Snyder rough cut of Justice League. How much finished footage comprises the purported rough cut — or if there is even a full rough cut — remains unknown. Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment maintain no plans to release the Snyder version, although one could be released in the future. The original version of Superman II saw a DVD release more than 20 years after the film initially hit theaters.

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