"Justice League" came out in theaters in November 2017, and it's just coming out on digital this week. The director drama was recently revived because reporter Josh L. Dickey -- who has written for Mashable, Variety, The Wrap, the Associated Press, and more -- is leaving the industry, and he decided to drop some truth bombs on his way out the door.
Since he has no f*cks left to give, Dickey decided to clarify his own Zack Snyder report for Mashable from July 2017.
Dickey tweeted, on February 10, 2018, that Zack Snyder was actually fired from the DC film universe just over a year go. It had first been reported by The Hollywood Reporter in May 2017 that Snyder was stepping away from "Justice League" to grieve the death of his daughter, who had died in March, and Joss Whedon would finish the movie. A few months later, in July 2017, Dickey reported for Mashable that Snyder would "take a significantly smaller role with the franchise going forward."
Since I'm shifting into DGAF mode, here's a hot one for ya: Zack Snyder was fired from the DCEU just over 1 year ago. Couldn't write it ~quite~ that way at the time, but was able to tapdance around it [clumsy/oblique headline not mine] https://t.co/7cht70rCaG— Josh L. Dickey (@JLDlite) February 10, 2018
Collider's Matt Goldberg added that he'd "heard similar things from separate sources over the last year as well. I also heard that Snyder's rough-cut of the movie was 'unwatchable' (a word that jumped out at me because it's rare you hear two separate sources use the exact same adjective). Of course, even if that's true, there's obviously more to the story since rough cuts can be fixed up with reshoots, rewrites, etc."
The idea that Snyder was fired from the DCEU -- while still retaining producer credits on several upcoming films -- isn't exactly shocking, but the timing of personal events last year complicated the story.
This was obvious to anybody with common sense but we were not allowed to say anything without being made to feel guilty because Snyder's daughter passed. Be prepared for the Snyder fanboys' wrath now.— Nicky (@CosmicGirlWorld) February 11, 2018
@fukujang0627 Remember what I told you from everything I overheard during SDCC? I couldn't say it because I wouldn't be believed. But I told you he was removed. The worst part about is, WB/DC reps spoke openly about it at SDCC. Even Marvel studio heads knew.— Jason Laboy Photography (@Jason24cf) February 11, 2018
This was Kevin Feige's quote when asked about Justice League. You can see the groupthink against Snyder's Superman was shared between Johns and Feige. Their opinion isn't invalid, I don't agree with it, but opinion is free. Undermining of a filmmaker's work is something else... pic.twitter.com/IEjk778zAT— SciProg_#IStandWithZackSnyder (@sci_prog) February 11, 2018
I remember this like it was yesterday. To completely omit Zack had me seeing red. As I said, Marvel studio heads knew at SDCC that Zack was fired.— Jason Laboy Photography (@Jason24cf) February 11, 2018
Snyder directed "Man of Steel" and "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," and he's still credited as director of "Justice League." He also has producer credits for "Wonder Woman," "Suicide Squad," "Aquaman," and "Wonder Woman 2." As of February 2018, more than 170,000 fans have signed a Change.org petition to see his director's cut of "Justice League."
The movie is available on digital Tuesday, Feb. 13.
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