Zack Snyder started the panel by fielding fan questions, given to him by members of the Justice League, including Ben Affleck (Bruce Wayne/Batman), Henry Cavill (Clark Kent/Superman), Ray Fisher (Victor Stone/Cyborg), Ezra Miller (Barry Allen/The Flash) and Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman). “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins also chimed in.
Zack Snyder touched on why he was so motivated to not only approach this story in the first place, but to fight and earn his right to go back and release his vision to the world.
Snyder said he loved the idea that the Justice League is comprised of loners: Bruce isolated in his cave with Alfred, Diana in hiding and still trying to move on from Steve Trevor, Victor coming to terms with his Cyborg abilities, Barry having his father in prison and Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry/Aquaman feeling like an outsider in two worlds.
Ray Fisher’s fan question asked Snyder which character he was most excited about fleshing out in his cut of the film.
“Cyborg is the heart of the movie,” Snyder said. “He’s the thing that holds the team together in a lot of ways.”
He went on to say that people will see more of The Flash’s emotional arc, as well. Part of this will be due to his girlfriend, Iris West (Kiersey Clemons), finally being edited back into the story. She was cut from the theatrical release by Joss Whedon.
The trailer is set to “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, which is a bit odd considering Snyder used it during his infamous “Watchmen” sex scene. I get the reasoning for it, though. This Snyder Cut seems like a miracle, all things considered, and this trailer is Snyder’s way of finally rejoicing with the fans. The footage looks a bit rough, which is to be expected, but there are some obvious upgrades over the theatrical cut.
Some of the CG is a lot sharper in spots, especially the model of Steppenwolf. It also looks like we’ll be getting plenty of new scenes with Cyborg and The Flash, as promised. While I’m not desperate to see this, I’m glad it’s finally seeing daylight, and I’ll gladly watch it when it releases.
“Zack Snyder’s Justice League” will premiere in four, hour-long segments exclusively on HBO Max in 2021.
Johnny Sobczak is an entertainment journalist and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he majored in Media and Journalism and minored in Global Cinema. Johnny is a member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association and has been with Inside the Film Room since August 2019. He was named Senior Writer in January 2020 and co-hosts the Inside the Film Room podcast with Zach Goins. Johnny spends his days job-hunting, watching films and obsessing over every new detail of Denis Villeneuve's "Dune."