The DC Extended Universe is currently enjoying a run in the spotlight of mainstream media with the HBO Max release of Wonder Woman 1984. This precedes a potentially bigger event in March 2021 when director Zack Snyder finally brings his vision for Justice League to life with the highly anticipated release of the Snyder Cut.
Snyder has spent most of the past year teasing what's coming in this reportedly four-hour cut of DC's major team-up movie, which has been particularly noteworthy alongside the news that has come regarding Joss Whedon's behavior on set after taking over for Snyder. The biggest question regarding the Snyder Cut is if it will lead to other projects coming to life in the DCEU's future, especially considering this movie's runtime.
However, news has just come out that these plans will not include the man behind the Snyder Cut.
In a recent interview on the ComicBook Debate YouTube channel, Justice League director Zack Snyder discussed his experience working on the Snyder Cut, specifically how he didn't believe it would become a reality at first. He also indicated that he most likely won't be continuing with the franchise after this release:
"I didn’t think I’d be finishing Justice League. Do I think….and look, it’s been widely reported and it’s, and I have no issue, you know, this is an old movie, this is a three-year old movie I’m working on. The DCU universe has branched off and done its own thing, and that’s fine…It’s well known that I planned on more movies, it was five movies or something, but I’m busy, I got a lot going on."
Ultimately, Snyder doubled down on the fact that he has "no plan" to continue working in the DC universe following the release of the Snyder Cut.
"As far as 'would I continue,' I have no plan to."
Snyder's full interview can be seen here, with his comments on continuing after the Snyder Cut coming at the 20:00 mark:
WHAT THIS MEANS
For as much fan support as Snyder has received bringing the Snyder Cut to life, it seems increasingly likely that this will be something closer to a one-time event than a continuing trend.
Snyder has spent years building the DCEU from the ground up, directing the first two movies in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He has also served as an executive producer on every other movie in the franchise other than 2020's Birds of Prey, making this series the most extensive work of his career over most of the past decade.
There are currently no plans to have Snyder involved in any of the DCEU's multiple projects set for the next few years, although the first phase of films clearly has his name all over them in one fashion or another. It's unclear whether this decision was made by Warner Bros or Snyder himself, but it will be interesting to see if their collaboration lasts or not over the coming years.
Along with the Snyder Cut of Justice League, Snyder is currently working on a remastered edition of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This new edition doesn't have a set release date.