Contemplating you’re on the web proper now studying this text after presumably additionally studying the headline, I’m going to imagine that you simply’re already well-aware of the shock reveal that the mythological Snyder Cut of 2017’s Justice League is lastly going to be launched on HBO Max subsequent yr. Sure, after two-and-a-half years of hashtags and histrionics, followers will lastly get to see a special model of a film no one actually likes all that a lot and that I personally often neglect exists. Victory!
Now, it’s not going to be on the streaming platform till someday subsequent yr, with no particular launch date pegged. That’s as a result of Zack Snyder’s lower of Justice League doesn’t technically exist but – Warner Bros. is spending round $20-$30 million to let the director end it, which implies every little thing from tons of post-production work to doable reshoots (which, as Matt Goldberg identified, are prone to be extraordinarily restricted in the event that they even occur in any respect). However the massive query for followers of the DCEU movies, past “What number of necks will Superman snap on this model and can he be sporting a mustache whereas he does it?”, is whether or not or not Snyder’s revision will have an effect on the way forward for the DCEU.
We all know from some behind-the-scenes photographs (most notably Henry Cavill as the black-suited Superman, which is an acceptable reference to Reign of the Supermen, the comedian storyline instantly following The Demise of Superman) that Snyder had some dramatically various things deliberate which didn’t find yourself in the launched movie. Now that these variations will lastly see the mild of day, how will they influence the storyline of the DCEU? The black go well with (which, in the comics, is a restoration go well with) implies that the method wherein the Justice League revives Superman was in all probability very completely different in Snyder’s model. We additionally know that the combat scene between Supes and the League was one among the main reshoots wherein they needed to digitally erase Cavill’s face broom. Actually, based on numerous rumors and in-depth comparisons from the authentic trailer to the completed movie which have existed on the web just about since Justice League launched in November of 2017, it’s secure to say that just about all of Superman’s scenes have been changed. So we all know that, at the very least, Cavill’s position in Snyder’s lower of the movie will probably be considerably completely different. However how may the Snyder Cut have an effect on the different superheroes?
Clearly, Surprise Lady 1984 has been accomplished for a while, and as the title suggests, it takes place properly earlier than the occasions of Justice League anyway. So it’s secure to say that nothing goes to vary for Diana Prince. However what about Aquaman 2, or the Flash’s upcoming solo film? The Snyder Cut having any impact on Jason Momoa’s Aquaman appears minimal, as a result of we’ve already seen one (thunderously entertaining) solo film that totally fleshed out his character and solely passingly talked about the occasions of Justice League. That stated, as a result of the Justice League references in Aquaman have been so minimal, it leaves room in Aquaman 2 to deal with any important plot or character adjustments that may come up in the Snyder Cut. It’d find yourself being one thing so simple as Arthur Curry cracking, “Hey, keep in mind when Superman confirmed up in that goth luge go well with? That was nuts!”, earlier than consuming a whole beer. And actually, I’d be completely high-quality with that.
The Flash is the extra fascinating chance. Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen has solely existed as a full character in Justice League (his temporary cameos in Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad give us nothing about his character), so he’s the one hero whose upcoming movie might be impacted the most by any adjustments in the Snyder Cut. Nevertheless, followers have been pushing for Miller’s dismissal from the franchise after a video of him choking a girl in Iceland surfaced on the web, and it’s been rumored that the Flash’s solo film can be an adaptation of the timeline-altering Flashpoint storyline serving as a mushy reboot of the DCEU to realign behind the profitable tones of the Surprise Lady and Aquaman movies. So it’s fully doable that the Flash film (when it lastly comes out in 2022) gained’t even connect with the present model of Justice League, not to mention the Snyder Cut.
And at last, what of Shazam? Pricey, candy Shazam, one among the greatest body-switching comedies I’ve seen in a really very long time. As you would possibly already know, Cavill was supposed to look in the very finish of Shazam as Superman, however was unable to resulting from scheduling conflicts, so we solely see the Man of Metal from the neck down. Shazam is notably entrenched in the DCEU, moreso than Surprise Lady or Aquaman; its two foremost characters, Billy (Asher Angel) and Freddie (Jack Dylan Grazer), are entrenched in superhero tradition to the level that they even gather memorabilia recovered from scenes of heroism, like stray batarangs. As a result of Billy particularly is such a fan of Superman, the adjustments to the character in the Snyder Cut may doubtlessly affect Shazam 2 – however once more, as with Aquaman 2, these results is likely to be nothing various traces of dialogue.
As a result of the main variations between the Snyder Cut and the theatrical model of Justice League (as we perceive them) are primarily centered on Superman, and since Cavill participated in the livestream announcement that Snyder’s model would lastly be accomplished and launched, may the Snyder Cut result in extra Superman movies with Cavill again in the blue tights? The actor will presumably should take part in post-production work on Snyder’s movie, even when its simply offering some ADR or insert close-ups. Perhaps having him return to the position, even in a comparatively small manner, will encourage Warners to throw some cash at a sequel. We will dream.
Associated to that, what are the odds of getting Ben Affleck to return for one more DCEU Batman movie? (We all know that Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson, is a completely separate challenge, like Todd Phillips’ Joker.) Frankly, the odds are zero. Affleck famously left the position beneath appreciable private stress, so I’d be stunned if he even participates in the post-production of the Snyder Cut. The proven fact that Joe Manganiello, who briefly seems as Deathstroke in the post-credits sequence of Justice League as a set-up for a solo Affleck Batman, posted a mysterious tweet about “the authentic post-credits sequence” in response to the Snyder Cut announcement which he subsequently deleted appears to point that the Batman component of the Snyder Cut isn’t going to vary a lot.
After all, that is all full hypothesis, and it relies upon fully on whether or not or not Warners decides to think about the Snyder Cut as a part of the DCEU canon as an alternative of only a one-off reward for followers. The total story of Justice League isn’t actually going to vary – they’re nonetheless going to slowly band collectively, resurrect Superman, and defeat Steppenwolf. Nevertheless it’s fascinating to consider how the scene-to-scene stuff (and Superman’s characterization particularly) would possibly influence any selections the studio makes about this franchise going ahead.
For extra on the Snyder Cut, examine why Warner Bros. lastly determined to complete it and the way it might be launched as episodes as an alternative of 1 film.