Warner Bros. Believes Zack Snyder's Justice League Brings an End to the Snyderverse

Darkseid’s arrival means the end of the Snyderverse.
Darkseid’s arrival means the end of the Snyderverse.
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Despite Zack Snyder’s Justice League ending with a few huge cliffhangers, the four-hour epic will, most likely, be the end of the line for Zack Snyder’s DC films.

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With the multiyear campaign for fans to “Release the Snyder Cut” culminating in that actually happening, many fans had turned their attention to “Restoring” the “Snyderverse.” Meaning, getting the DC Universe back on the track Zack Snyder imagined when he first began Man of Steel.

At that time, Snyder planned on Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and a multi-part Justice League to tell a hugely epic story that would continue in future movies, such as Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, Aquaman, and Flash. And while those movies do have direct ties to Snyder’s films, in the years between the 2017 theatrical release of Justice League and now, DC has begun to go in new directions. Newer films like Shazam, Birds of Prey, and the upcoming The Suicide Squad still have ties to the Snyderverse, but, for the most part, have stood on their own.

“I appreciate that [the fans] love Zack’s work and we are very thankful for his many contributions to DC,” WarnerMedia Studios CEO Ann Sarnoff told Variety. “We’re just so happy that he could bring his cut of the Justice League to life because that wasn’t in the plan until about a year ago. With that comes the completion of his trilogy.”

“We’re very happy we’ve done this, but we’re very excited about the plans we have for all the multi-dimensional DC characters that are being developed right now,” Sarnoff added.

Among those “multi-dimensional” DC characters being developed are a new Superman film (in which Superman is rumored to be Black), a Mexican-American hero in Blue Beetle, the female magician Zatanna, as well as sequels to Shazam, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and new beginnings for the Flash and Batman, just to name a few.

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One thing that won’t be explored? An alternate cut of Suicide Squad that director David Ayer hinted, much like Justice League, is radically different from the theatrical version.

“We won’t be developing David Ayer’s cut,” Sarnoff said.

And while fans of Snyder’s vision are surely disappointed to hear this, the good news is...we know what was going to happen next. In a recent interview, Snyder basically spoiled everything about what he had planned for the future of these characters. Lois Lane, Superman, Batman, the Flash—Snyder laid out all of what his additional Justice League films would have been. So, while you may not get to see all of that on screen, at least there’s no mystery on how it all was going to play out.

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Oh, and it’s worth mentioning that Warner Bros. said all of this exact same stuff about the Snyder Cut itself a few years ago. So, while it’s unlikely these movies will happen, never say never.

You can read more from the Warner CEO about the reaction to the Snyder Cut, Ray Fisher’s allegations against the company, and future of DC over on Variety.

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DISCUSSION

genejacket
Gene Jacket

The only thing in all of this I believe is that we won’t be getting Ayer’s Cut of SS (thank fuck, though we’ll see how long that actually lasts...since they can clearly be bullied into anything with enough toxic pressure), but everything else is up for grabs.

WW1984 might have brought in some Max subs, but failed miserably at the box office (obviously) and has largely been dismissed as a much lesser film than the first (and far, far worse than that by some). WB might opt to make another, but I have a feeling they won’t bring Jenkins back if they eventually do.

Aquaman made a Billion dollars, but it’s been 3 years since, and the sequel still isn’t expected until next year. The success of that film was lightning in a bottle and WB has failed to capitalize on it in any way, and my gut tells me the interest won’t be anywhere near as high for a sequel (to say nothing of the Trench spin-off that I’m certain is dead in the water).

Shazam was fairly cheap to produce, was well received, and turned a decent profit, of the announced films on the slate it’s the one I think deserves it the most and have any ounce of faith in seeing.

That new Superman, Zatanna, Blue Beetle, etc., I just don’t see happening. Warners just seems so uncertain and wishy-washy on what to do with their their DC properties (sans the Bat, obviously), and hires talented people to come on board exciting projects who either leave early or after years of development hell because WB is so non-committal, or WB lets them make the film then takes it away to recut because they don’t have faith in and second-guess the people they hired.

I’ll happily eat crow on all of this, especially if these projects happen AND turn out well, I just have so little faith in WB at this point. They need SOME kind of plan, even if it’s “Fuck one giant interconnected continuity, everything is standalone” (which I honestly think would be the best course of action for them). At least that’d be something...but they’re always one foot in, one foot out, and until they figure this shit out and commit to anything, I just don’t see their slapdash approach to these films working out.