It’s easy to forget that Joss Whedon was brought in to “save” Justice League following Zack Snyder’s departure to handle a family tragedy. However, the film’s lukewarm critical and popular reaction eventually led to Synder’s second chance with the film. The fallout has also included Ray Fisher’s accusations against Whedon, which in turn opened the floodgates from actresses who had worked with Whedon before. Now, a new story in Vanity Fair is throwing further shade on Whedon.
According to the report, an anonymous Warner Bros. executive didn’t hold back on their opinion about Whedon’s cut of the film.
“When we got to see what Joss actually did, it was stupefying,” said the unnamed executive. “The robber on the rooftop—so goofy and awful. The Russian family—so useless and pointless. Everyone knew it. It was so awkward because nobody wanted to admit what a piece of s*** it was.”
Additionally, Deborah Snyder and Christopher Nolan made a point of telling Zack Snyder not to watch Whedon’s take.
“They came and they just said, ‘You can never see that movie,’” recalled Snyder.
Within Vanity Fair’s extensive profile, Snyder recounts some of the battles he fought and lost with the studio. One of the major changes involved a romance between Batman/Bruce Wayne and Lois Lane.
“The intention was that Bruce fell in love with Lois and then realized that the only way to save the world was to bring Superman back to life,” said Snyder. “So he had this insane conflict, because Lois, of course, was still in love with Superman. We had this beautiful speech where [Bruce] said to Alfred: ‘I never had a life outside the cave. I never imagined a world for me beyond this. But this woman makes me think that if I can get this group of gods together, then my job is done. I can quit. I can stop.’ And of course that doesn’t work out for him.”
Zack Snyder’s Justice League will hit HBO Max on March 18.
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