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‘Bots or Not, It Was a 1000 Times Better’: Defiant DC Fans Defend Zack Snyder After WB Studios Report Proves Bots Manipulated Snyder Cut Campaign

All good things must come to an end. For Zack Snyder, that meant his magnum opus in the form of the Justice League trilogy would never become a reality. The Snyder’s Cut had to bear a 4-year hiatus before being released and although met with thorough praise, acclaim, and appreciation, it still wasn’t enough to restore the Snyderverse.

Zack Snyder
Zack Snyder

With unparalleled ingenuity, Snyder’s quality was often met with criticism, censorship, and creative difference within the war room where films are cut up and redacted to suit the director’s notion of what’s preferable before releasing them to the audience. Unfortunately, Joss Whedon’s (highly) watered-down version of Justice League was not what suited the taste of the DC fandom.

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League: A Vision Realized

The completion of Snyder’s trilogy could only be met by the larger vision of the one who modeled the projects over a three-movie plan — Snyder himself. But watching the 2021 Snyder’s cut against the 2017 theatrical release, it becomes clear why the studio was hesitant to go through with the original version. Snyder didn’t shy away from the terrifying aspects of the narrative and neither did his audience.

Zack Snyder's version of Steppenwolf
Zack Snyder’s version of Steppenwolf

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Steppenwolf was rediscovered in his originally envisioned armor rather than Whedon’s version which was closer to a sphynx cat or a boiled potato. The villain was given a better directive and impetus for his actions. Darkseid entered the universe as the main player and the master puppeteer. And unlike the theatrical cut, Themyscira and Atlanta did not give up without a fight that would be hailed for generations to come.

What Came Next in Snyderverse?

When the studio announced the heralding of Joss Whedon to take over DCEU Justice League after Zack Snyder left the project, it was perhaps based partly on the former’s success and newfound fame directing the MCU superhero film, The Avengers in 2012. But the foundation of DCEU was entirely the blood and sweat of Snyder himself, starting with Man of Steel (2013) followed by Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).

Snyder's Justice League
Snyder’s Justice League

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What however is not common news is that the three movies that are now known as the Snyder trilogy did not end with JusticeLeague (2017/2021). There was a movie meant to take place chronologically after the events of Justice League where Darkseid would return and decimate the earth, Superman would fulfill Batman’s Knightmare timeline visions shown in Dawn of Justice and in conclusion, only a glimpse of this horror to come had been shown in the Snyder’s Cut post-credits.

Knightmare timeline
Knightmare timeline

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Warner Bros. Wages War Against Justice League Snyder Cut

In recent reports released by Rolling Stone and spurred by the Warner Bros. studio, the online campaign leading up to the release of Snyder’s Cut was shown to have had a 13% density in bot activity and fake accounts. The usual percentage of automated radicalization does not surpass 3-5% in any of the social media platforms, including Twitter. The report claims:

“After researching online conversations about the Snyder Cut of the Justice League’s release, specifically the hashtags ‘ReleaseTheSnyderCut’ and ‘RestoreTheSnyderVerse’ on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, [the analysts] detected an increase in negative activity created by both real and fake authors.

One identified community was made up of real and fake authors that spread negative content about WarnerMedia for not restoring the ‘SnyderVerse.’ Additionally, three main leaders were identified within the authors scanned on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram — one leader on each platform. These leaders received the highest amount of engagement and have many followers, which gives them the ability to influence public opinion.”

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This uptake in the automated influencing of the public has not been received kindly by the DC fandom who have been the subservient fans of Zack Snyder and his works. Most call it a smear campaign to reduce the impact of the director and his hold over the DCEU storyline.

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Whatever the case, the public speaks to the mass sentiment and the decision is final: Snyder’s Cut was better than the Justice League theatrical cut and not even the bots can sway or refute that statement. Whatever the intentions are for Warner Bros. to publicly drag the issue out remains a thing to be scrutinized further, however, for the time being, fans are only looking for one objective, and that is to #RestoretheSnyderVerse.

Source: Rolling Stone

Written by Diya Majumdar