Even with his impressive success bringing Zack Snyder's Justice League to life outside of the canon DCU, the movie's director, and his SnyderVerse, doesn't appear set for a return to DC anytime soon.
Following his impressive efforts on the Snyder Cut in 2021, fan support for Zack Snyder has slowly increased online, particularly with the current status of the DC Universe. The franchise is going through some major internal changes, particularly as the entire franchise has been rebranded as the DC Universe, moving away from the DC Extended Universe that Snyder helped build since 2013.
As the hierarchy of power in the DCU's leadership changes with new co-CEO James Gunn taking over the newly-named DC Studios, the goal with Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) is to make sure the story is cohesive from top to bottom. This is all in an effort to give fans "the Biggest Story Ever Told" in any superhero movie franchise ever, which doesn't appear to be including old franchises like the Arrowverse, the Ayer Cut of Suicide Squad, or even the Snyder Cut.
And now, Snyder has offered a disappointing update on his place with Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) that matches up with Gunn's recent announcement.
Zack Snyder Shares Sad DCU Update
Speaking with The Preston & Steve Show and the 93.3 WMMA Philadelphia radio station, via Reddit user u/JokerAsylum123, director Zack Snyder provided an update on his future with the DC Universe.
When asked what his future with the DCU holds, Snyder revealed that nobody has called him about anything regarding a return to Warner Bros. Discovery's DC movies:
"Well, as far as I know, which is very little, I’m doing my thing, and haven’t had anyone give me a call or anything, so I’m just wishing them all the best and hoping that they make some cool movies."
While he was happy to have support for his work on Zack Snyder's Justice League, he admitted that he's "having an amazing time" working on his current projects, wishing the DC team "all the best" in their future endeavors:
"I mean, I’m glad I that I have your guys’ support, that’s very kind. The truth be told, I’m having an amazing time making this giant movie that I’m working on, and I couldn’t be happier, so I really wish them all the best."
This follows recent comments from new DC Studios head James Gunn, who stated that the company's "initial focus is on the story going forward," suggesting that what has come before, including the SnyderVerse, will likely be left behind.
Will Zack Snyder Get His DCU Return?
Looking at it from a fan perspective, there's no question that a sect of viewers want to see Zack Snyder get a shot at redemption in the DCU's new future. Twitter users have already put out a call for the SnyderVerse to replace the current slate of DC movies, and although that won't happen to the extent that many want, Snyder is still a name that comes up in many conversations about where the DCU is going.
Although there doesn't seem to be any bad blood between Snyder and the new regime at WBD, it also seems that there are no plans to restart the SnyderVerse as new projects are developed.
For now, there are four new outings set for a theatrical release in 2023, starting with Shazam!: Fury of the Gods and ending with Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Should Snyder actually get a chance to work on another DC project, it would seemingly be a major surprise, although his fans haven't lost all hope yet for that day to come.
Currently, Black Adam is playing in theaters worldwide. Shazam!: Fury of the Gods will then kick off DC's 2023 slate on March 17.