Vanity Fair has an excellent interview with director Zack Snyder that chronicles his journey as the architect of the DC Extended Universe, as well as the personal tragedy and professional challenges surrounding 2017’s Justice League. Here are some of the biggest takeaways:
- Snyder still hasn’t seen Joss Whedon’s Justice League after his wife/producer Deborah Snyder and executive producer Christopher Nolan advised that he would “break his heart.”
- The Snyders walked away from the film after their 20-year-old daughter Autumn’s death, focusing their energy on their family and at home.
- Zack Snyder’s Justice League ends with “For Autumn.”
- Jason Momoa originally was auditioning for Bruce Wayne.
- DC Entertainment creative chief Geoff Johns and Warner Bros. co-production head John Berg were sent to oversee production of 2017’s Justice League.
- Snyder originally pitched a romance between Bruce Wayne and Lois Lane, leading to Wayne realizing that Superman needed to come back to save the world. WB said no.
- Joss Whedon was not hand-selected by Snyder to take over.
- Snyder took his laptop when he quit the film, which had his rough cut in black and white.
- When Snyder was called to try and make his cut happen, WB originally just wanted to release his rough cut.
- Snyder believes that about $70 million was spent to make the film happen.
- Snyder is not getting paid for the film.
- There is a “hero cameo that will blow hard-core fans’ minds” in the reshot ending of Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League debuts on HBO Max March 18, 2021.
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