In the course of the past decade, a subject has occupied the thoughts of those in love with the CBM adaptations of modern times. A revolutionary moment was born when Zack Snyder conceived the idea for a Justice League trilogy. But even though the director did score 3 films in the basket, there was no Justice League 2 for the audience to witness. The films only served as the build-up to the original idea and Snyder’s vision stopped abruptly in 2017.
Now, with time and opportunity becoming increasingly difficult for the trilogy’s existence, every door is being shut on the face of the SnyderVerse as the love child of Zack Snyder and DC litters away into slow oblivion.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League 2 Finds No Potential Sponsor
The director of Man of Steel couldn’t have predicted the impossible scale of the fallout that he would have to bear witness to in the decade since the launch of DCEU. However, now that that has happened, the obvious next step in the process is to look for an exit strategy offering a path of least resistance, and one that can hopefully also deliver a solution to satiate the consumer market. Netflix has delivered upon that hope numerous times by reviving and resurrecting shows that were otherwise declared dead.
However, even with the streaming juggernaut posing as a possibility for the SnyderVerse fans to look up to, it seems unlikely that a Justice League 2 could ever manifest on the screen – big or small. Primarily, the sequel not happening should be accorded to the cost of production of a big-budget production of a magnitude such as this. But there’s more to it.
The SnyderVerse is entirely built upon the foundational blocks of DC characters, and as the title itself suggests, the original Seven are a big part of that vision finding completion. DC’s new management is not going to let that happen if the new developments brewing at Warner Bros. are any indication at all.
Why Netflix Fails as a Potential Platform For the SnyderVerse
The collaboration between the streamer and a franchise studio has been a tale told many times over – and successfully at that. But the largest hurdle in the path of Netflix putting itself forward as a potential marketer and sponsor for the remainder of Zack Snyder’s Justice League trilogy is the enormity of the vision. The budget would, of course, play a major part during the deal-making process between Snyder and the company. But the viewership and the consequent ROI that the deal would bring in is likely to negate the disruptive investment on Netflix’s part.
But the biggest factor that deals a final blow to the fandom’s dream of having the SnyderVerse’s resurrection is that no good business owner will voluntarily take up the risk of steamrolling a broken cinematic venture when the probability of its success dooms the business itself. In simpler terms, even if SnyderVerse succeeds, and it very well will considering the fan support, the scale of fandom will overshadow every other IP that currently enjoys their 15 minutes of fame on the streamer.
Netflix will not only be required to roll in more money into the extension of Snyder’s dream (possibly dooming numerous small-scale yet expendable projects that could have otherwise found a home on the platform), but the streamer will also have to commit for the foreseeable future just to break even after investing so much into one project.
What Will a Revival of SnyderVerse Mean For DCU?
James Gunn and Peter Safran have been moving forward at an accelerating rate with the development of the new DC universe. Netflix moving on with what they have condemned as the wreckage of the past will only prove more troublesome than necessary. And there is no cause for WBD to strike a deal with Netflix – let alone a mutually beneficial one – given how the new management has undermined and blatantly disregarded the existence of the cinematic universe in question.
All things considered, Warner Bros. Discovery will vehemently intervene if an independent platform disassociated from its subsidiaries moves forward with an alternate arc using its money-making characters. This will directly lead to more creative sanctions and restrictions (which WBD can clearly do, being the owner of DC) and nothing good ever comes out of proprietorship interfering with a creator’s vision. At this point, the fandom may as well be at peace with its fate: the SnyderVerse is dead and no amount on Netflix’s part can put the dream back together again.