You know what they say: you give ’em an inch and they’ll take a mile. Or why politicians — whether it be in real life or in the movies — are steadfast in their commitment to not negotiate with terrorists. Once the precedent has been set, once Pandora’s Box is opened, it may never close again.
Warner Bros., the movie studio in charge of DC Films and therefore all of the iconic DC heroes such as Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, is learning that lesson the hard way this week following the success of Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Foolishly thinking that giving the masses what they want would appease and quiet them, the release of The Snyder Cut has only emboldened the movement to keep pushing, to keep fighting, to keep hashtagging.
Yesterday, exactly one week after Zack Snyder’s Justice League hit HBO Max, #RestoreTheSnyderVerse began trending worldwide as fans of Snyder’s DCEU work churned out over one million tweets that included the hashtag.
— Wendell Edwards (@MrWendell29) March 26, 2021
2 MILLION tweets this week pleading for @wbpictures to listen to fans & the mainstream audience who enjoyed #ZackSnyderJusticeLeague
The film is a triumph! Folks are invested & want to subscribe to @HBOmax. They will fill theatres to see more of this story.#RestoreTheSnyderVerse pic.twitter.com/UH8Pf7WRsA
— ⟦MickD⟧ #AssociateProducer ReleaseTheSnyderCut ⚒️ (@TPZMickD) March 26, 2021
— Laynedeli (@laynedeli) March 26, 2021
The push for Warner Bros. to “restore the SnyderVerse” comes just days after Ann Sarnoff, the CEO of Warner Bros., told Variety that the studio would not be developing David Ayer’s cut of 2016’s Suicide Squad, and that the release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League “will complete the director’s superhero trilogy, reinforcing the studio’s desire to move past the social media campaign to hand back control of the DC film universe to the filmmaker.”
“We wanted to give Zack the opportunity to complete his vision in a four-hour movie, which is impossible to do in theaters. We’re happy that we have HBO Max to let the rope out as it were and allow the fans to see all four-hours of Zack’s vision,” Sarnoff said.
But just because the studio is willing to move on, doesn’t mean the fans are. If the four years since the release of the original Justice League taught us anything, it’s that the Zack Snyder fanbase remains fervently committed to their cause, regardless of how long it may take to achieve their goal. Perhaps Warner Bros. is hoping that the quality of films like The Suicide Squad and The Batman will push fans towards their new era of superhero filmmaking and that the hype of The Snyder Cut will recede with time. Perhaps their hoping Zack Snyder’s disinterest in returning will quell the fanbase’s desires and demands. Regardless of what their plan is, though, their battle with the #RestoreTheSnyderVerse movement is far from over.