#RestoreTheSynderverse is trending once again after HBO Max calls Zack Snyder’s Justice League a “global phenomenon.” Released earlier this year on HBO Max, Zack Snyder’s Justice League is the ultimate vision of the filmmaker who famously passed on the film during after production because of a family tragedy, leaving WB to employ director Joss Whedon to film reshoots and rebuild the movie into a totally different vision than what Snyder intended. In 2020, it was announced that Snyder would be offered the chance and budget to finish his vision of the film for release on HBO Max.
Now, for the first time, HBO Max has openly addressed Zack Snyder’s Justice League, calling it a “global phenomenon.” That statement comes from Priya Dogra, president of WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks for Europe, the Middle East and Africa and Asia-Pacific, who is part of today’s HBO Max Europe occasion, a showcase put on by the streamer as it prepares to launch their platform overseas. Dogra introduced a number of films and series from the streaming service, calling HBO Max, “the home of DC” before highlighting Zack Snyder’s Justice League. This, in turn, has caused the #RestoreTheSnyderverse hashtag to resurface and drift on Twitter, similarly as after the release of the film in March. Look at the full HBO Max Nordic video, where the remark derives from, below:
After its initial release, WB’s Anne Sarnoff said in an interview that the company had considered Snyder’s set of three now “complete” and had no intention of continuing it, let alone calls to release director David Ayer’s similar cut of 2016’s Suicide Squad, aptly called The Ayer Cut. Nonetheless, fan reaction to Zack Snyder’s Justice League was huge, and calls continued to appear for him to be able to continue his work on his originally planned three-part Justice League films. Snyder has since marked a deal with Netflix to develop spinoffs of his Army of the Dead franchise, as well as a science fiction action film, Rebel Moon, so it’s impossible he’d return to the “Snyderverse” anytime soon, which is something he’s repeated as of late, saying that WB has been “aggressively anti-Snyder” since he came onboard to finish his cut of Justice League.
While some may see fans rallying behind a hashtag an act of futility or even attempt to compare it to “toxicity,” there’s no denying that the same fan support (outside of the negative aspects, of course) absolutely helped make Zack Snyder’s Justice League finally work out as expected, so there’s always the same potential if they’re vocal enough to help it continuing. Hollywood is a business, after all, and if fans are putting their money in one place, then Hollywood makes certain to go there. Whether this latest pattern does anything to make some difference on that front is yet to be seen, yet if the Snyder-Cut fanbase has shown anything, it’s that