Director Zack Snyder said creative control, not money, was the incentive for him to come back and retool Justice League for HBO Max.

Money was not the motivation for his return to Justice League, says director Zack Snyder.

Snyder told Vanity Fair his bulked-up, four-hour version, titled Zack Snyder’s Justice League, cost an additional $70 million for reshoots and the new edit, but he didn’t get any money beyond his fee from the first go-round. “I’m not getting paid,” he said. “I didn’t want to be beholden to anyone, and it allowed me to keep my negotiating powers with these people pretty strong,” Snyder said.

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Justice League was completed in post-production by Avengers director Joss Whedon after Snyder left the project because of the death of his daughter. Coming after the poor critical reception for Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. required changes to Justice League: a lighter tone, more humor and a running time of only two hours. That meant cutting worldbuilding, backstories and several characters entirely — including Gen. Calvin Stanwick from Man of Steel, who would have been revealed to be the Martian Manhunter.

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Justice League grossed $229 million domestically and $657.9 million globally but got negative reviews, and a fan clamor began to release the so-called “Snyder Cut.”

Zack Snyder’s Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Ray Porter as Darkseid, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon. The film arrives on HBO Max March 18.

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Source: Vanity Fair


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