When Man of Steel premiered in 2013, for many fans it provided the hope of a new age of DC Films. Regardless of making a shared universe to compete with the MCU, it was exciting to potentially see The Justice League in live-action with today’s special effects. However, WB has decided to go another route with their properties after the mixed reception of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Justice League. In addition to changing the slate of movies being released, actors are also being replaced in various roles whether it’s Batman, Deadshot, or even Superman according to rumors.
To make matters even worse, fans never got to see Snyder’s full vision of Justice League as the 2-part film was condensed along with Joss Whedon drastically changing several parts of the film. This has infamously resulted in the social media campaign for the “Snyder Cut” of Justice League, however, WB has shown no interest in releasing such a version of the film.
This makes me wonder, why doesn’t WB release it through another means. The top 2 options in my opinion would be either a graphic novel or animated movie. For the graphic novel, it would allow Snyder’s full vision to be executed without the hassle of visual effects or animation budget. This could also be beneficial considering both the first and second part of Justice League could be easily broken up into either a several issue miniseries, two volumes, or simply a large graphic novel volume considering the special circumstances.
The artist I would pair Snyder with for such a graphic novel would be Jason Fabok, who did a fantastic job during the Darkseid War storyline. If Snyder were to instead want to simply contribute the story and leave dialogue to another writer, I think Geoff Johns would pull it off considering he wrote Justice League for many years along with producing DC Films.
With the animated movie option, this would be a great way to further promote the DC Universe streaming service. Animated DC movies such as Batman: Under the Red Hood, The Death of Superman, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, and more have established DC’s animated films as a quality destination for stories not sought out by WB for the big screen. It’s unlikely that the original cast of Justice League would be able to or willing to do voice-over work for this. For some fans not having the main cast return may defeat the purpose of making any version of the Snyder Cut.
This may be the only way people ever get closure on Zack Snyder’s original vision, seeing as Warner Brothers CEO Kevin Tsujihara told the Los Angeles Times, “You’re seeing much more focus on individual experiences around individual characters,” he said. “That’s not to say we won’t at some point come back to that notion of a more connected universe. But it feels like that’s the right strategy for us right now.” Regardless of his comments, with franchises such as Shazam, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman all referencing previous DCEU movies, it’s always possible to come back together in the future.