Zack Snyder sacrificed receiving money for the Snyder Cut in exchange for creative control

The next release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League fills its fans with emotion and the best thing is that it is not just the same movie released in 2017 but with additional scenes, but a version much more faithful to what Zack Snyder wanted (300 – 60%, Watchmen, The Watchers – 65%, The Man of Steel – 55%) from the beginning. However, to obtain such a great opportunity the director had to sacrifice making some profit.

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This shows that the love of the fans towards Snyder’s work is as great as the love that the filmmaker has for his work and his fans, since for many it would have been better to accept a little money and publish the film without finishing. which was the first option that Warner Bros. offered the filmmaker and his wife, also a producer Deborah Snyder.

The director not only refused to hand fans an unfinished version of his Justice League cut – 41%, also gave up the possibility of getting a salary, in order to have creative control during the process, contrary to what happened in 2016 when Warner Bros. put Geoff Johns and Jon Berg to monitor Snyder’s every move. These were his statements to Vanity Fair:

They won’t pay me, I didn’t want to be in debt to anyone and that allowed me to keep my bargaining power with these people quite strong.

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In accordance with Vanity Fair, Snyder estimates that the cost of fixing the Joss Whedon mess (Avengers: Age of Ultron – 75%, Much Noise and Few Nuts – 84%, The Avengers – 92%) was $ 70 million, but having a lot more freedom in sacrificing your pay is something your fans will surely appreciate. On the other hand, when the filmmaker left production in March 2017, he was paid for what he had worked for.

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Fans have shown great love for Snyder and his work, not only through the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut and #RestoreTheSnyderVerse campaigns, but also through donations to suicide prevention organizations. Let’s remember that the director’s daughter committed suicide in 2016 and due to the mourning that the whole family was going through, she had to move away from the production of League of Justice; later, through social networks, he dedicated himself to sharing links to donate in favor of suicide prevention.

In an interview with Cinemablend A few weeks ago the director was questioned about those who qualify his fans as “toxic”, and this is what he replied:

As for that of toxic fandom or ‘a win for toxic fans’, again, in what world is this ‘toxic fandom’ raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for suicide prevention? How is that a toxic fandom? They have probably accomplished more than any other fan group and have done more good than any other group. So I don’t get it.

An example of this accusation is found in an article by Drew Taylor, of Collider, published in May 2020 and regretting that Zack Snyder’s Justice League was going to happen, because it was a triumph for the toxic fandom that, according to him, only spent his time bullying those who did not think like them, or those who had enjoyed the version of League of Justice that hit theaters.

The reality is that in all fandoms there are certain people who bully others, but the true toxic bullying we have not seen among Snyder fans as markedly as among Star Wars fans who hated the new Disney trilogy. and that they were dedicated to harassing Daisy Ridley, Kelly Marie Tran and John Boyega.

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League It will be available on March 18 on the HBO Max streaming platform, and in countries where the service is not yet active, it will be available in digital format or in video on demand.

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