By now my friends, enemies, and anyone in between know that I’m a big supporter of DC fans’ #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement.
Since November 2017, these fans have called for producers to release director Zack Snyder’s original filmed super-epic Justice League.
Last Wednesday, May 20, we got our wish.
#ReleaseTheSnyderCut: a timeline
- Badfan v Superman, article series, July 2015
- Why Are Batman and Superman Fighting?, March 10, 2016
- ‘Batman v Superman’: Justice Dawns in a World Gone Meta, March 31, 2016
- Badfan V Superman: Top Ten Movie Myths, Part 1, March 31, 2016
- Batman v Superman: An Exquisite Superhero Theodicy, March 28, 2016
- Badfan v Superman: Top Ten Movie Myths, Part 2, April 1, 2016
- ‘Batman v Superman’ v Wonder Woman?, June 22, 2017
- ‘Justice League’ Unites Its Heroes to Save an Erratic, Uneven World, Nov. 22, 2o17
- Why We Want Warner Brothers to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut of ‘Justice League’, Nov. 12, 2019
- How Does #ReleaseTheSnyderCut Reveal Fandom’s Grace and Idolatry?, Jan. 14, 2020
Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021)
First, director Zack Snyder and his producer/wife Deborah Snyder, along with Henry “Superman” Cavill and specially chosen fans, announced the plans on a livestream. Soon after, The Hollywood Reporter released the details and backstory:
HBO Max will debut the project in 2021 — possibly in a four-hour director’s cut or in six TV-style “chapters” — as the helmer gets the gang back together with the original postproduction crew to score, cut and finish visual effects. . . .
“It will be an entirely new thing, and, especially talking to those who have seen the released movie, a new experience apart from that movie,” Snyder tells The Hollywood Reporter, noting that, to this day, he has not watched the version released in theaters.
“You probably saw one-fourth of what I did,” the director notes, basing his judgment on what has been shared with him of Whedon’s version.
Now, of course, we have to talk about this on the podcast:
What this means for Christian fans
But we’re not just geeking out over superheroes, Snyder, or even such an unprecedented victory by fans.
(Trust me, though, I love writing these words. For other fans and myself, this is a beautifully crazy victory to enjoy.)
Rather, we’re exploring how this fan movement can actually help Christian fans in at least three big ways:
- The “inevitable” isn’t actually inevitable, and real heroes can resist these boasts.
- It’s okay to look crazy, and in fact even fandom “craziness” is great practice for Christians!
- We need to reject the “binary rating” system for movies a la Rotten Tomatoes.
Get the complete show notes here, along with plenty of quotes from my own three years’ worth of writing on this fandom project.
Want to share your thoughts to be read on future podcast episodes?
- Did you have strong feelings about DC’s Snyder-directed films?
- Did you call any of these films objectively “good” or “bad”?
- How do personal experiences and expectations shape our preferences?
- Are you curious to see the now-inevitable 2021 release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League?