How Zack Snyder Got the Blessing of Wonder Woman Star Connie Nielsen For His Justice League Cut

By Richard Nebens Posted:
Connie Nielsen, Justice League

The Snyder Cut has held its place as one of the DCEU's biggest mysteries after the theatrical cut of Justice League was released to mixed to negative reception.

Spring 2020 came with the official confirmation that DC Extended Universe regular Zack Snyder would have the opportunity to complete his vision for his 2017 team-up movie, Justice League . Snyder has spent the year putting all of his energy into bringing this anticipated project to life.

Due to the vastly different directing and writing styles from Snyder and his replacement Joss Whedon , the theatrical cut left a substantial amount of Snyder's material on the cutting room floor and brought a movie that many DCEU fans would consider convoluted. Snyder is hoping to resolve many of these issues when the Snyder Cut releases next year, particularly by doubling the screen time to make the movie a four-hour epic.

Snyder has been involved in nearly every DCEU film released to date in some capacity, and recent news details an encounter that helped him earn an actress' blessing to bring the Snyder Cut to life.


In a recent excerpt from the Hollywood Reporter , Wonder Woman star Connie Nielsen spoke on how Justice League director Zack Snyder contacted her to ask if it was alright to release a new version of the film.

"Well, I have this thing where I can’t lie. ( Laughs .) So I don’t know the timing of one or the other, but Zack had already called me to ask if I would be okay with a reissue of the film with changes."

Nielsen expanded on how she gave Snyder her blessing to complete the Snyder Cut of Justice League with her stunts from the original shoot included:

"And I asked him, 'Well, will you bring back the Amazon chapter the way you had written it and had filmed it?' And he said, 'Absolutely.' And then I said, 'And Zack, will you also bring back my quite incredible stunt, running up the walls?' And he said, 'You got it.' ( Laughs .) So I said, 'Yeah, definitely. You’ve got my blessing. Absolutely.'"


Although Connie Nielsen played a key supporting role in Wonder Woman as Diana Prince's mother, Queen Hippolyta, the Amazons were limited to only a couple of minutes of screen time in the theatrical cut of Justice League, protecting one of the Motherboxes from Steppenwolf. Zack Snyder served as a producer on Wonder Woman while working on Justice League , although the shortened scene for the Amazonians seems to be one of many discrepancies in terms of what he originally planned for the DC team-up film.

Connie Nielsen's stunt work will be another exciting addition to the Snyder Cut's story, especially considering the off-screen connection between herself and Zack Snyder. No details have released on how much the Amazonians will be featured in the updated edition of Justice League , but with this cut having a four-hour run time, there is much more opportunity for them to be have significantly larger roles than they had in the 2017 theatrical release.

Queen Hippolyta's stunts should come in handy as the villainous Steppenwolf first arrives on Earth, and Nielsen's action sequence should be a thrilling addition to watch out for.

The Snyder Cut of Justice League will release on HBO Max in March 2021.

- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.