When Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Films finally decided to unleash their “Avengers” climax to the start of their DC Extended Universe films with the 2017 premiere of “Justice League,” the results were not up to snuff. Audiences were disappointed in how the narrative played out and credited it to significant reshoots done by Joss Whedon, who took over during post-production after director Zack Snyder took leave following the death of his daughter. A rallying cry for DC movie fans was that the original (pre-Whedon-reshoot) “Snyder Cut” be released, and Snyder himself has answered. But the restoration of the “Justice League” film cut requires reshoots too, and some cast members are taking up the challenge.
As Comic Book Resources tells us, actor J.K. Simmons has expressed his interest in getting the original cut of Warner-DC’s “Justice League” movie, called “Zack Snyder’s Justice League,” all ready for its streaming release on HBOX Max by next year. To that end he has contacted director Snyder to indicate his readiness to get involved in the restoration project, including filming any scenes that need reshooting in the movie. Simmons, a familiar face in superhero movies since portraying J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” trilogy, played Commissioner Gordon for a scene in Gotham City.
The 65-year-old acting veteran expressed his happiness for the “Justice League” fans getting their wish for a Snyder cut granted, and added that he too was excited at the prospect of reshoots or additional scenes. During an interview while promoting his current film “Palm Springs” for Hulu, Simmons noted, As far as I know, I’ve already done everything I have to do to be a part of Zack’s cut, which is to tell Zack, ‘Yes, I want to be a part of your cut.’ If there’s additional dialogue recording or additional shooting or whatever, I’d be happy to do it.”
Still, from information gleaned from the editing team, there might be no need to do any live-action reshoots for “Zack Snyder’s Justice League.” A more tangible possibility would be that the cast will simply record new dialogue to replace certain lines or as scene voiceovers. Snyder has reassembled the original post-production team under the direction of himself and his wife and collaborator Deborah, with estimated costs for the cut restoration being estimated to run way beyond $30 million in costs.
The clamor too “release the Snyder cut” has been rocking WB Pictures for the past two and half years before they would finally acquiesce back in February of this year, but only to have the redone film be a digital release. It is expected that “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” will arrive on HBO Max streaming in the middle of 2021.
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