Expected to bring the DCEU together, Zack Snyder was set to direct the Justice League until his absence from the production allowed Warner Bros. to bring into The Avengers director Joss Whedon to make the movie more light-hearted and funny.
But the movie was panned, by audience and critics alike. The tonal inconsistencies, awkward color grading, and Mustache gate did not help its case as it has a Rotten Tomato score of 39%.
In 2016, DC also released another controversial film, David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, which too was received with a mixed reception but leaned towards the negative. Much of the audience failed to understand the creative decisions taken in the villain ensemble movie.
Fans demanded the Snyder Cut and Ayer Cut
After Zack Snyder confirmed that a significant portion of the Snyder Cut still existed, it resulted in a campaign with the hashtag #ReleaseTheSnyderCut that resurrected the Snyderverse one more time to let the fans see Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
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The movie was better received and won so many fans back that it encouraged Suicide Squad‘s director to also confirmed that his cut of the movie also existed He stated that there’s only some VFX work to be done to finish his vision but the head of Warner Bros has refused to budge.
Despite the fans wanting to only see the directors fulfill their artistic desire, news outlets presented the fans to be toxic. In an article published by GQ, it commented on the fans’ campaign:
“Zack Snyder’s Justice League is the titular director’s new cut of his superhero movie, the result of years of hardcore (and frequently toxic) fan rallying”
DC shelves Batgirl movie starring Leslie Grace
Starting off development in 2017, the Batgirl movie was done filming with Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah as its directors and Leslie Grace playing the titular character, but Warner Bros decided to pull the plug on the release on August 2 of 2022.
Despite not having commented on the cancellations, it’s reasonable to assume that the cast and crew are devastated, having worked on it for years. The movie was also set to see J.K. Simmons reprise his role as James Gordon, expanding the DCEU.
Release the Batgirl film?
In similar DC fan fashion, fans are rallying behind the movie to see it and support the cast and crew. Gaining further momentum, @DiscussingFilm reported that a ‘rival exec’ referred to Batgirl being canceled as “unprecedented shit”.
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I feel bad for the Batgirl directors and artists but these checkmarks were laughing and having fun when WB screwed over Zack Snyder’s and David Ayer’s vision and now all of a sudden they care about artistic integrity and people’s hard work huh?
Hypocrisy at its finest smh.
— 𝗚𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗡𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗵 (@Itssan17) August 3, 2022
But many fans have pointed out, that people who ridiculed fans campaigning to see the directors, Zack Snyder and David Ayer fulfill their vision are now asking the studio to release Batgirl, leaving many baffled by the hypocrisy. While it’s definitely heartwrenching for everyone involved in Batgirl to find the movie shelved, the question arises if artistic integrity is only suitable for a few selected directors.