Echoing similar sentiments to what Grace Randolph said back in April, it’s claimed that studios insiders at Warner Bros. are stating Zack Snyder’s Justice League on HBO Max should have never happened due to the fan response.
In Variety‘s report about the future of the DC films in a section titled “Winning over the fans,” it is mentioned that insiders are offering Warner Bros. regrets releasing the Snyder Cut that was released on HBO Max:
Privately, studio insiders have lamented that “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” never should’ve happened. Rather than quiet the unceasing online campaigning to #ReleasetheSnyderCut, the four-hour HBO Max feature only further entrenched the vocal and extremely online “Snyderverse” fanbase in opposition to the leadership at the studio in general and at DC in particular.
So what the article is stating is that by greenlighting Zack Snyder’s Justice League, things actually backfired and caused the fans to not like the studio, which actually has more to do with the fact the Snyder stuff hasn’t been allowed to continue.
Snyder Cut fans told to tone it down
Back in April saw YouTuber Grace Randolph tell the Snyder Cut fans to tone it down as they were doing more harm than good due to their unfavorable online presence (where there is the question if it is even real or is it from Snyder himself).
“It’s so funny, they tweeted about their new logo, and every response was about the Snyder Cut. And I understand you guys, and I understand your campaign was successful before so you want to keep going, but I think you got to be careful,” said Randolph. “I think there is a fine line and a certain point, you’re just killing their social media game, and I don’t think that is going to make them like you very much. It’s bad. I would tone it down a little bit, guys. I just think it would behoove you. I’m just telling ya. Get more flies with honey than vinegar, and you guys right now are vinegary!“
Regarding why Zack Snyder hasn’t been allowed to continue with his Justice League sequels, it’s thought to be because his four-hour cut wasn’t all that successful on the HBO Max streaming service.
“Unfortunately releasing the SnyderCut didn’t drive up their subscription numbers as hoped. That’s the point you guys are missing – they DID work with you and didn’t get the results they wanted. Otherwise, they still would be,” said Randolph.
Could Zack Snyder return to DC?
I will say that while I was at last month’s San Diego Comic-Con, DC insiders filled me in that Zack Snyder could still return (and Henry Cavill back as Superman if he wants to), but I will admit they are big-time Snyder backers, so bear that in mind.
The Snyder Verse does seem to be continuing in some form, at least for the immediate future, as Ben Affleck is returning as Batman in The Flash and Aquaman 2, Jason Momoa is fully on board, and recently saw it said Henry Cavill is back as Superman.
It could be possible that following The Flash rebooting the DCEU that Zack isn’t in charge and they don’t follow his Justice League sequel plans (which were awful but not set in stone from what I have been told) but maybe Zack could still direct a DC movie or two?
Presently, Zack Snyder is at Netflix developing his Army of the Dead universe and the sci-fi movie Rebel Moon with Ray Fisher.