Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. Rumored to Be at Odds Over Vision for Justice League

Saturday, 30 April 2016 - 4:12PM
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Saturday, 30 April 2016 - 4:12PM
Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. Rumored to Be at Odds Over Vision for Justice League
It's clear that critics (and many fans as well) aren't too happy with Zack Snyder after Batman v Superman, but it looks like they might not be the only ones. A recent report has come from Birth.Movies.Death that Snyder and some of the execs from WB have been going at it after the critical reception of the movie. Here's what they had to say:

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Sources at WB tell me that this is just one part of what's going on behind the scenes at the DC movieverse. Zack Snyder and Geoff Johns were taken aback at critical and audience reaction to Batman v Superman, I'm told, and WB execs have found themselves at odds with Snyder over his vision for Justice League and the DC movieverse going forward. Of course Justice League was scheduled to start shooting mere days after BvS was released, which meant WB couldn't take any definitive action – like removing Snyder or delaying the movie to make changes – without poisoning the box office for BvS. The result? Lots of fights between Snyder and the WB execs, and lots of pressure from Burbank on Snyder, who is shooting in London.
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Birth.Movies.Death seem to be a reliable source, as they were the ones who first broke that Suicide Squad was undergoing reshoots (though they did say they thought it was to add more humor to the film, something the cast and other creators have all denied). What really makes this a believable rumor, however, is that it makes sense.

How could WB not be concerned with Snyder's vision after Batman v Superman? Sure, there were a lot of fans, myself included, who really enjoyed the film despite it's flaws. Yet critics overwhelmingly hated it, and it resulted in a huge drop at the box office. A movie of Batman v Superman's profile should have cleared $1 billion, easy, but that now seems to be an impossibility.  

Will these disputes result in any changes? Probably not. Justice League is already filming, and there's no way that Snyder can be replaced now. If Justice League part one has similar problems as Batman v Superman, however, then it wouldn't be surprising to see the studio go with someone else for part two.

Hopefully, Justice League turns out to be a movie in a league all of it's own, and the studio can rest at ease knowing that Snyder has redeemed himself in the DCEU. If it suffers the same fate as Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, however, then at least fans still have the solo films and Suicide Squad to look forward to.
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