Justice League cinematographer Fabian Wagner joins a growing number who are calling for a director’s cut of Zack Snyder’s Justice League to be released
Justice League‘s worryingly low opening weekend numbers have put yet another spanner, or trident, in the works for Warner Bros. and DC Films with their lead franchise characters failing to even bring in $100 million domestically. The movie sees Ben Affleck’s Batman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman unite a powerful team of heroes consisting of Barry Allen aka the Flash, Arthur Curry aka Aquaman and Victor Stone aka Cyborg in an attempt to thwart an incoming attack from the Apokoliptian Steppenwolf. While Justice League has had a lot of wrongs to put right for the unofficially named DCEU as a whole, following lukewarm responses to some of its predecessors Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, the success of the studio’s March release Wonder Woman seemed to indicate that the worst of its problems was over. Unfortunately, with the Justice League now looking like it may not breakeven, WB needs to pull out all the stops it can in order to save its DC sinking ship from falling to the depths of Atlantis.
While a vast majority who have seen Justice League seem to have enjoyed Zack Snyder’s latest superhero title, citing that its focus on character development and creating a fun team dynamic make it a worthwhile watch, the poor North American turn out is actually more of a problem then any reviews or audience reception can fix. If the movies simply aren’t making the money the studio needs then it will at some point have to rethink its strategy for success, and perhaps even cancel any remaining plans. Of course, JL is one film in DC’s first 5 to not perform well financially and therefore it’s more likely that a change of tactics is the answer rather than a complete shutdown.
Overall, however, fans clearly appreciate Justice League and are showing signs of wanting even more from the film, with an online petition for the release of a director’s cut of the movie to be released gaining signatures very quickly. 2016’s Batman v Superman went to home video with such director’s cut which many found to aid the film in its story and subplots that were able to unfold more clearly without having the time constraints of the theatrical version placed on it, and perhaps Justice League would benefit from such treatment seeing as many critics marked it down for its cluttered narrative. Originally, Justice League was said to have had closer to a 3 hour runtime but WB opted to cut the film down to 2 hours, which, understandably, meant that a lot of footage, including potential plot-explanatory scenes, had to be cut.
Speaking to THR, the movie’s cinematographer Fabian Wagner says that he likes the longer cuts of Snyder’s films as it allows the director to tell stories more effectively:
“This one was even shorter than I expected, so there are scenes that aren’t in there. I really hope we get to see a director’s cut, which will give us everything that we shot that didn’t make it in. What I love about his [Snyder’s] director’s cuts is they are long, but he takes his time to tell the story. I’ve never watched any of his directors cut and thought ‘This is long.” Whether they are three hours long, or three hours and ten minutes, they always seemed to go quick.”
Justice League is playing in theatres now.