Zack Snyder is one of the most controversial directors in all of Hollywood. And it has nothing to do with who he is as a person. In fact, everyone I talked to while researching this article said he was affable, funny, and that they loved being around him.
But when it comes to his movies, he's challenging for some audiences.
Snyder burst onto the scene with the remake of Dawn of the Dead, introducing the world to fast zombies. But he really became a studio hit when 300 defied all expectations and became a smash at the box office.
Reviews of his films have their ups and downs.
And when DC brought him in to help their reboot, the world wondered.
Snyder was determined to ignite the world with gritty, realistic takes on these stories.
But one grim Superman soured the affair, and the less-than-happy reception of the other films put them well behind expectations. While filming Justice League, Snyder suffered a personal loss in the passing of his daughter. He took time away from the film to mourn and Joss Whedon stepped in to finish the story.
The movie was released with reshoots Whedon handled, and while it did okay at the box office, a large contingency of fans was left wondering...
"What would the movie be like if we got the Snyder cut?"
This question became a viral sensation, popping up on Reddit, trending on Twitter, becoming a movement that the cast and director embraced.
In November 2019, Gal Gadot kicked the #SynderCut into overdrive by tweeting the hashtag, with Affleck and Snyder himself following suit. Even Aquaman, Jason Momoa, called for the darker film to drop as recently as May 19, 2020.
Well, now you can find out on HBO Max.
HBO Max hopes that the Justice League addition will attract a different demo to their streaming service. This is subscriber bait for the platform, which launches May 27th.
Only time will tell.
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