The Snyder Cut is the end. It might look like it’s setting up future movies but … it is not.
That’s at least according to WarnerMedia Studios CEO Ann Sarnoff, who would probably know, being the CEU of WarnerMedia Studios and all. When asked whether those very obvious and unsubtle teases at the end of Zack Snyder’s Justice League might actually lead to the sequels that they hint at, Sarnoff pretty much said no. In a new interview with Variety, she said:
I appreciate that they love Zack’s work and we are very thankful for his many contributions to DC. We’re just so happy that he could bring his cut of the “Justice League” to life because that wasn’t in the plan until about a year ago. With that comes the completion of his trilogy. We’re very happy we’ve done this, but we’re very excited about the plans we have for all the multi-dimensional DC characters that are being developed right now.
In other words, do not hold your breath for Justice League 2. You will asphyxiate.
Snyder not only ended his Justice League on a cliffhanger, he specifically shot new cliffhangers for his Snyder Cut last year. When asked why, Snyder has said that he primarily wanted to include these so-called “Knightmare” sequences because if this was going to conclude his run with DC’s characters, he wanted to find a way for his Batman and Jared Leto’s Joker to interact. But he’s also outlined his plans for the unmade Justice League sequels in interviews. These extra scenes were 100 percent intended to leave cliffhangers that would have directly continued in those hypothetical movies.
Sarnoff also said Warners “won’t be developing David Ayer’s cut” of Suicide Squad, despite some fan campaigning following the successful efforts by fans to get the Snyder Cut released. (That might have something to do with the fact that a sequel to Suicide Squad, James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, is already finished and headed to theaters and HBO Max this summer. Warner Bros. probably isn’t super interested in reminding people about a movie everyone hated when they have a new version of the characters that could potentially relaunch the franchise in a new direction.)
While these words are coming from a high-ranking executive at Warner Bros., I doubt they will do much to stop a #RestoreTheSnyderVerse movement. And why should they? All their yelling and pleading worked last time, no matter how often they were told the Snyder Cut didn’t exist and couldn’t happen. So I fully expect several more years of yelling and pleading.
Gallery — Justice League Issues the Snyder Cut Still Didn’t Fix:
1. Batman Still Has No Clue What the Flash Can Do
One of the single most baffling scenes in the Whedon Cut remains almost completely intact in the Snyder Cut. It’s the moment that Bruce Wayne confronts the Barry Allen inside his fancy lair. Bruce has seen a video showing Barry doing, well, something with his powers. So he tracks him down, and confronts him in the hopes of adding another member to his new superhero team. Even in extended form in the Snyder Cut, so little about this makes sense. Batman is the world’s greatest detective, but he can’t figure out the Flash has speed powers despite the video evidence of him using them? The Flash is holding down multiple dead-end jobs just to make ends meet, but he somehow can afford an entire Flashcave filled with huge high-def flatscreens and cutting-edge technology? Bruce Wayne spent a decade secretly fighting crime in Gotham City, then intentionally blows his identity within two minutes of meeting this random stranger? It’s just a really weird sequence.
Mother Boxes: Objects of unspeakable power. In the wrong hands, they could destroy the Earth. The Justice League race around the world to stop Steppenwolf from acquiring them … at least until the scene where they use their Mother Box to revive Superman. They get so distracted they forget that this almighty MacGuffin is now lying in the middle of a parking lot, completely unprotected. Steppenwolf shows up and just takes it without a fight. Way to go, heroes! The Snyder Cut tweaks this series of events slightly, but the broad strokes are still the same: The heroes resurrect Superman, the Mother Box falls in the parking lot, the heroes who have spent the entire movie trying to find these gadgets totally forget about theirs. This time, Cyborg’s father retrieves it, but Steppenwolf catches up to him and takes it. The second version makes a little more sense — at least someone seems concerned about holding on to the Mother Box — and, sure, the League is busy with angry zombie Superman. But they literally don’t even mention that the thing is missing. They could not care less about it. By that point, neither does the audience.
3. Wonder Woman Acts Like She And Superman Are Besties
Throughout both cuts of Justice League, Wonder Woman refers to Superman by his Kryptonian name, Kal-El, and generally acts like they are old friends. (When he comes back from the dead as a super-zombie, she says “Kal-El, the last son of Krypton, remember who you are!”) Obviously, Wonder Woman and Superman go back decades in DC Comics. But in the continuity of Snyder’s DC Extended Universe, they have met a sum total of one time — and it was in the middle of the fight with Doomsday at the end of Batman v Superman where they barely had time to exchange two lines of dialogue before he died. They even have a joke where Superman says “Is she with you?” to Batman because he’s so flummoxed by the arrival of this strange, powerful woman. So how’d we go from them being strangers in the last movie to old chums in this one when he was dead the entire time in between? It’s not a huge issue, but it’s definitely a false note.
4. “I Bought the Bank”
The Snyder Cut does away with most of the bantering quips between Justice League members; clearly they were added by Joss Whedon when he came on the project. One of the few that remains comes at the very end of the film, when Ma Kent is able to move back to into her foreclosed farm in Kansas. “How did you get the house back from the bank?” Clark Kent asks Bruce Wayne, who replies “I bought the bank.” It’s a cute line and a reminder that, as he said about two hours before, Batman’s true superpower is that he’s rich. But it also makes Clark Kent look like a dummy. Why is he so confused about how Bruce got the house back from the bank? Bruce Wayne could have just bought the house. Come on, dude. You’re not in Kansas anymore. (Well, technically you are at this moment. But a world-class reporter should probably have some sense of how foreclosures work.)
5. Darkseid Somehow “Lost” Earth?
Generally speaking Zack Snyder’s Justice League adds a lot of very welcome detail to the Steppenwolf character. Instead of a generic alien warmonger, he’s now an underling of an even-meaner alien warmonger named Darkseid, but he’s been exiled from his home world and now seeks redemption by conquering planets in his master’s name. Through most of the movie, Darkseid’s right-hand man DeSaad communicates with Steppenwolf about his progress on Earth, and he’s generally pretty skeptical that conquering this planet will convince Darkseid to let Steppenwolf return to Apokolips — until Steppenwolf finds something called “Anti-Life” and discovers that Earth is the “lost” world where Darkseid suffered the one defeat of his supervillain career, eons before. All the additional motivations make Steppenwolf a much more interesting antagonist for the Justice League (they also mark him as an outsider the same way all the League members are here on Earth). Still, are we really supposed to believe Darkseid, the most fearsome demigod in the universe, forgot the name and location of the one planet that beat his butt? That seems like the last bit of information Darkseid would forget, and it arguably makes Darkseid a less frightening villain. It’s not like he lost his car keys.