Joss Whedon’s Justice League was considered a big blow for the DCEU, and fans celebrated when it was announced that Zack Snyder would be able to release his version of the movie on HBO Max. With the discussion of which JL film will be canon, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins suggests that all fans can just toss the theatrical version.
Talking to CinemaBlend, Jenkins explains how all the other DC directors just chose to ignore Whedon’s reworking of Justice League. She says:
“The Justice League? … No, I think that all of us DC directors tossed that out just as much as the fans did. But also, I felt that that version contradicted my first movie in many ways, and this current movie, which I was already in production on. So then, what are you going to do? I was like… you would have to play ball in both directions in order for that to work. The only thing I have done, and have always tried to do, is — I knew when Zack was doing Justice League, where she sort of ends up. So I always tried… like, I didn’t change her suit, because I never want to… I don’t want to contradict his films, you know? But yet, I have to have my own films, and he’s been very supportive of that. And so, I think that Justice League was kind of an outlier. They were trying to turn one thing into, kind of, another. And so then it becomes, ‘I don’t recognize half of these characters. I’m not sure what’s going on.’”
With all the stories coming out of how Snyder has been very collaborative when it came to his work on the DCEU films and other directors, it would make sense that Jenkins would be behind him when it comes to the release of his Justice League.
JL was said to be one of the worst cases of studio meddling and had effectively ‘killed’ the DCEU, so even if some think that the HBO Max release is pandering to the whims of ‘whiny fanboys’ (who are admittedly terrible in their own way), you could choose to see it as a move that finally respects the creative side of the process.
Hopefully, Zack Snyder’s Justice League holds up when it releases on HBO Max sometime in 2021. Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 1984 comes out on HBO Max and theaters on December 25, Christmas Day.
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