A fan petition for a re-cut version of Justice League hewing to original director Zach Snyder's vision has gathered nearly 150,000 votes, but a visual effects artist who worked on the film says - hold your horses - no such cut exists. The anonymous VFX artist, whose identity was verified by moderators of the DC Cinematic Universe Reddit forum, explained the big problem behind that idea.
"[T]he film is found in the edit process, rarely does a director start shooting with the entire film plotted out," the artist wrote. "Some things work, some things don't. There is no Snyder cut - obviously he had a rough edit in process when he left in February [note: Snyder officially stepped back in May after a family tragedy in March], but the reshoots were done 6 months after that, he had no final version of the film.
"Yes, Zach would've probably done things differently to how the film turned out, but that's it. There isn't a secret Zach version hidden somewhere. It doesn't exist."
In other words, releasing a "Zach Snyder cut" of Justice League would mean starting over from the beginning to navigate the mix of old and new footage, and any rumors to the contrary are - as the VFX artist wrote in a later post - "1,000% bullshit". Granted, one VFX artist isn't going to be privy to all the top-level decisions at Warner Bros., but their insight here makes sense.
This doesn't mean all hope is lost for the petition; down in the FAQ section it calls for a "Richard Donner cut" (referencing the remade version of Superman 2 that was released back in 1980) to be made for Justice League. It could use the existing selection of shot footage to make a different film, all guided by the ideal of releasing a more Snyder-like version. That would be quite a lot of work, though, especially to bring old footage in line from a VFX perspective, making the potential profit margin for WB pretty questionable.
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