The unfinished Snyder Cut of Justice League is like a legendary fable at this point. Its number of supporters keeps growing and becoming more vocal, reaching as high as San Diego Comic-Con. Billboard space was purchased at SDCC 2019 to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention and the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut campaign. (RELATED: Release the Snyder Cut Billboards Go Up at San Diego Comic-Con)
Still, questions of the Cut’s authenticity linger. Not so, however, for filmmaker Kevin Smith who is joining the chorus of supporters wanting to see it. Smith recently told Cinema Blend the Snyder Cut is real and Warner Bros. should release it.
Adding the caveat he hasn’t seen it for himself, Smith clarifies he’s not “tight” with Zack Snyder but knows him. He also knows, and has talked to, people involved in the production with testimony he trusts:
“I’ve spoken now to enough people at various levels in that production. There is a Snyder cut. For sure. That’s not a mythical beast. It exists.”
The catch is the Cut is nowhere near finished. Many shots are like those shared by DP Fabian Wagner, greenscreen visuals not fully realized. (RELATED: Zack Snyder Reveals New Look at Darkseid and Set Up for Justice League 2)
“Now, it’s not a finished movie by any stretch of the imagination. There were things that went away from the story that they shot that didn’t wind up going into (visual) effects or anything like that. So I would assume, based on what I’ve been told, that large sections of that Snyder Cut are, you know, pre-viz (with) a lot of green screen. We’re not talking a finished movie.”
He then summed up the concept most have of the Snyder Cut:
“When people hear ‘Snyder Cut’ in their heads, they think about, like, a DVD they’ve seen of an extended cut or something that’s finished.”
That won’t be what we get if anything is ever released, as Smith notes:
“It was a movie that people in production could watch and fill in the blanks. It was certainly not meant for mass consumption.”
Despite that, he thinks Warner should give the people more credit and release it anyway as “a work print,” possibly hosted by Snyder with him filling in the blanks:
“That would seem like common wisdom because everyone always wants to put their best foot forward. But I think the audience now, particularly the audience that would consume the Snyder Cut and discuss it at great length, can watch a work print. They can watch a work-in-progress and fill in the blanks in their heads.
Every studio likes to make money. They do multiple incarnations of movies on video all the time. This could just be one more of those. All they have to do is lend their audience a little more credence to be like, ‘Look, they’ll get it.’ Put up a bunch of f****** disclaimers, including one from Zack himself at the head of it going, ‘Obviously the movie wasn’t finished, but here’s what we were thinking.’
There’s definitely a way to do it. … They could definitely shoot a version of that flick where, you know, they put [Snyder] into it explaining what would have went here, what went there.”
How about you? Do you want to see the Snyder Cut in some form? Even if it is some work in progress? Let us know.