Zack Snyder’s Justice League — four years after the original Joss Whedon-directed Frankenstein version hit theaters — has finally arrived, and the most common takeaway seems to be utter shock and awe at how thoroughly Whedon defiled Snyder’s vision.
While Zack Snyder has never been confused for being *everyone’s* cup of tea, you’d be hard-pressed to find a respectable movie person — whether they be a studio executive, a film critic, or the average fan — who would deem Whedon’s cut to be the better of the two. How Warner Bros. ever screened Whedon’s cut and decided to release it to the public is beyond me.
Now that fans are finally able to consume the epic they should’ve gotten four years ago, Whedon’s name is being absolutely dragged through the mud on Twitter as everyone essentially wonders the same thing: what in the actual hell was Whedon doing, thinking, and trying to create?
— Post Cred Pod (@PostCredPod) March 18, 2021
It's not a *great* look for whedon that the most substantive difference between his JL and the snyder cut is ray fisher's cyborg having an actual main character-level story arc
— jason c. (@netw3rk) March 18, 2021
hot take: zack snyder probably would've made a really good Wonder Woman movie. the terrorist scene is a 1,000 times better without the slapstick comedy and funny haha hero music. Jesus Christ the Whedon cut was so bad.
— Gene Park, CEO of Pizza Butt (@GenePark) March 18, 2021
Society if Joss Whedon never reshot/rewrote Justice League pic.twitter.com/XNCVUIizbm
— Posi 🇨🇦 (@PoseidonHeir) March 18, 2021
Joss Whedon and Geoff Johns needs to be put in jail for turning this wholesome scene into whatever tf that is.
Literally cried watching it, man… pic.twitter.com/farCaoxt5x
— rand (@LogainTT) March 18, 2021
Joss Whedon really looked at this and thought "Nope, cut that sh*t out".
— Mikas // SHINZOU WO SASAGEYO! (@thenovalorian) March 18, 2021
— Bill (@TooThugBill) March 18, 2021
Good morning, hope everyones enjoying #ZackSnydersJusticeLeague
Except for @joss hope your morning is a total bummer
— JJ is (@OscarWildeLXIX) March 18, 2021
— ty ꕤ (@spikeshollow) March 18, 2021
— Bri (@Bladesxbombz) March 18, 2021
joss whedon logging onto twitter and seeing everyone shitting on his version of the justice league pic.twitter.com/rojjH0phL7
— Drac 🐝 (@Dracvich) March 18, 2021
What Joss Whedon had Cyborg doing in the theatrical cut pic.twitter.com/VwiBnXNbSj
— E (@EtoBedlam) March 18, 2021
Damn dawg.. fuck Joss Whedon on some real shit. That’s all I’m gonna say.
— Plathanos 🐝🇩🇴 #HIVESZN (@SavinTheBees) March 18, 2021
Side note, had to pause and say this.
Fuck Joss Whedon. Seriously, fuck Joss Whedon.
— TG Ω 🇬🇧 (@MacandTG) March 18, 2021
GEOFF JOHNS AND JOSS WHEDON DESERVE THE PITS OF HELL FOR WHAT THEY DID TO CYBORG AND RAY FISHER. Holy fucking shit
— ✨𝝠sh ✨ (@starfallgoddess) March 18, 2021
WB In 2017: You gonna leave any of the good bits in this movie?
Joss Whedon: pic.twitter.com/MP8mboWFaI
— Spoiler-Man, Leak Skywalker, Breaker Of News (@heavyspoilers) March 18, 2021
— Ryan Whittle (@_Ryan_Whittle) March 18, 2021
Me and the boys just buried Joss Whedon pic.twitter.com/IUmU5rgtOs
— cracked out on Zackaine (@apilotjones) March 17, 2021
It is legitimately flabbergasting that not only did Whedon essentially reshoot the entire film but that the reshoots he produced were so deeply awful that you’d be forgiven for thinking you were watching a CW Series (no offense to the Arrowverse, of course).
From Cyborg and Flash’s arcs, to the over-sexualization of Diana — Flash landing on top of her, Aquaman telling her how hot she is when he sat on her Lasso of Truth. From the “thirsty” scene between Martha and Lois, to the “save one person” speech from Batman. From the entire color aesthetic and the CGI, to the humor and the drama: literally everything Whedon put forth was inferior and the internet is rightfully letting him know it.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League is (finally) now streaming on HBO Max. We covered the film in-depth over on the Post-Credit Podcast, so make sure to give that episode a listen if you enjoyed The Snyder Cut as much as we did. And don’t worry, there’s plenty of Joss Whedon slander in it.