Over the last few days numerous news sites have been reporting the headline that director Zack Snyder was removed from Justice League in early 2017 and Warner Bros. Pictures simply forced him off of the project by exploiting the tragedy of his daughter’s suicide as a way to avoid negative publicity. This report from Mashable writer Josh Dickey was met largely with skepticism after Snyder’s wife Deborah had stated that her and Zack were beginning to work with Patty Jenkins on Wonder Woman 2. If the studio had fired the three time DC director then he would not be collaborating on a sequel to another DC film.
This was a fact that a lot of journalists and those critical of the DC Extended Universe did not consider before publishing and circulating the article which lead to some confusion among the general public at a time when the climate surrounding the franchise, DC as a whole, and it’s fanbase is not exactly at it’s best.
The Snyder-Whedon collaborated Justice League has been the subject of widespread scrutiny and controversy. A large contingent of DC fans launched a petition to release the “Zack Snyder Cut” of the film which is something that Warner Bros. is unlikely to do as it would be the studio spending more money to re-release another version of a film that did not perform well at the box office. It was understandable for Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice as that film did break even and turned a small profit.
Forbes writer Mark Hughes took to Twitter recently to debunk this rumor for those who were confused by the recent rumor and clarified that the story that was published as soon as Snyder stepped away from the big-budget superhero film was indeed the truth. Snyder was working on the film until May when two time The Avengers director Joss Whedon took over post-production and re-shoots.
The reports claiming #ZackSnyder was fired by WB from #JusticeLeague in late-January/early-February are false. He started working on his edit of the film in early January, & he was still actively working on edits into May.
— Mark Hughes (@markhughesfilms) February 13, 2018
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