It hasn’t been a good week to be a DC Extended Universe fan. Justice League finally came out and even those who like it have to admit it is far from perfect. It should have been a big deal, but the most surprising thing about Justice League is just how inconsequential it ultimately was. Now all sorts of leaks are happening about deleted scenes and other such things, which means it was only a matter of time before someone made a petition. This online petition is declaring that Warner Bros and DC need to release Zack Snyder’s original cut of the movie along with the original score by Junkie XL. There are a lot of reasons this won’t happen but the main one shows a fundamental misunderstanding about how movies are made.
When scenes are cut that doesn’t mean they are just there for you to see. They are often half shot and missing special effects, especially if they were removed early on. Snyder didn’t complete a full shot of the movie, that’s why they did reshoots, and that was why Joss Whedon was brought in. The movie wasn’t done. If the movie was done when Snyder had to walk away because of the terrible tragedy that happened to his family someone else could have taken over editing. They didn’t need to bring in a big name like Whedon.
This is also working under the assumption that Junkie XL also finished an entire score for the movie and not just some of it. There are a lot of assumption in this long, rambling petition that eventually goes into capslock because of course it does.
As it has been discussed multiple times there are no less than three different versions of this movie bouncing around in some form. The first one that they started before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was critically panned. The version that Snyder was working on after the critical panning. Finally, the version that Whedon worked on and the one we got in theaters. Only one of those is an actual complete movie. That is the one in theaters regardless of the quality.
Justice League is also a movie that went over budget. There is no reality where it didn’t go over budget because of the amount of reshoots that took place. There is a rumor this movie has a budget of $300 million dollars. If we count marketing, which is usually half of the budget added on, the movie needs to break $450-$500 million before it starts breaking even let alone making money. The home release could bring in a couple extra million dollars, maybe, but not enough to cover the cost of having to finish special effects on some shots. The shots these people want are the ones without finished CGI that weren’t going to make it onto an extended cut even if one happens. The movie you want isn’t happening because it doesn’t exist and it hasn’t existed for months.
There is no reason for Warner Bros to pump more money into a movie that isn’t doing well at the box office and already went over budget. I’m sorry you didn’t get the movie you want but sometimes that happens. If you want better DC movies then make sure Warner Bros knows you aren’t happy with this one and demand better. Don’t give them more of your money; that just gives them an excuse to keep screwing this up. Be loud and ask for better. Otherwise this is just going to keep happening over and over again.
Summary: Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.
Justice League, directed by Zack Snyder, stars Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, and Henry Cavill. It’s out now.