Even though the entertainment world has seemingly been put on pause due to COVID-19, DCU news has continued to pile up. Last month, HBO Max and Warner Bros. Pictures announced Zack Snyder's cut of 2017's Justice League would be released on via streaming service in 2021. This announcement was a long time coming for Snyder fans who created a movement with the hashtag #ReleasetheSnyderCut" and pushed for this release.
Zack Snyder directed Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and was directing Justice League when a family emergency forced him to step away from the project. Warner Bros brought on Avengers director Joss Whedon to fill the director's chair, but the Justice League which made it to theaters was very different than what Snyder had envisioned. This was the cause for the "Release the Snyder Cut" fan movement.
The Snyder Cut is a big moment in Hollywood history and many are curious about the cast's take on both the movement and what kind of precedent it sets for the industry in the future.
Jesse Eisenberg, who played Lex Luthor in the DCU and was last seen in a Justice League credits scene, has reportedly said he's "very happy" for Zack in regard to the Snyder Cut. In a recent interview with the Digital Spy, when questioned about the potential danger of the audience having such a strong influence on studios, especially when the audience motives can be wrong and even immoral, Eisenberg had this to say,
"Well, always, audiences have been dictating what people are making. But this is just kind of much more immediate, kind of pre-emptive."
WHAT THIS MEANS
While it seems Eisenberg is aware of the possible problems stemming from audience demand, he makes a great point that audiences have always determined what films are made and what films are not made. He also seems to realize what many supporters of the Snyder Cut movement are claiming, which is that this is a special case, and the members of this movement have organized and acted in a way that's different than general fans and audiences. It remains to be seen what effect this Snyder Cut has on the rest of the movie industry and if studios will take similar actions to cater to the demand of fans.