Justice League director Zack Snyder has some very pointed words for both those who doubted the existence of his cut of the DCEU ensemble film and those who have continued to deride fans over their faith in him and his vision.
In an interview for Release the Snyder Cut: The Crazy True Story Behind The Fight That Saved Zack Snyder’s Justice League, a book about the inside story of the drama surrounding the completion of his version, Snyder let loose on the skeptics and critics.
“I just think that’s sour grapes, “he said to author Sean O’Connell regarding the naysayers who denied there was any material for a director’s cut and that it could be finished. ” There’s really no other way to say it.”
“We know the people who were the architects of that narrative, and it’s pretty obvious what their agenda is,” Snyder continued. “Those are people that I’ve been held back from confronting, by wiser people in the room.”
Snyder then admitted that he’d like to have some one-on-one time with said ‘people’, stating that he would “love to get at some of these characters.”
“Some direct conversation would be nice,” he said. “Just to say, one, you don’t know sh*t about what you’re talking about. And we can break down everything they’ve ever [said].”
The director then added that he could “make a list” of things skeptical critics got wrong.
“I can make a list. There’s a few of these guys where I could just get a list of everything they’ve ever said, that they thought was right, and [I could tell them] every single thing they’ve said is wrong,” said Snyder.
The director also impugned the credibility of said critics and, without naming names, explained how he’d “love the opportunity to just say to the world, and to fandom in general, who these fakers are and what should be done to them, or with them. It’s just a bunch of BS.”
Snyder then defended his pilloried fandom, a group whom has come under regular fire for being either too “passionate” or too “toxic”, clarifying to O’Connell that his fans and supporters were actually quite charitable, as they demonstrated by their raising of $250,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
“In regards to that toxic fandom, or it’s ‘a win for toxic fandom,’ again, in what world does this ‘toxic fandom’ raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for suicide prevention? How is that toxic fandom?” he wondered. “They’ve probably achieved more than any other fan base, [and done more] good than any other group. So I don’t understand.”
Snyder might be a bit biased, but those campaigning for the release of his version of Justice League did show solidarity with the filmmaker through their charitable efforts when he was dealing with a painful family tragedy that strained his working relationship with Warner Bros.
However, the campaign ultimately achieved what it set out to do, as after nearly four years of waiting, the Snyder Cut of Justice League is only one month away from its March 18th, 2021 premiere date on HBO Max.
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