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Danny Elfman Doesn’t See How a Snyder Cut of Justice League Is Possible

November 26, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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There’s a big push to “release the Snyder Cut” of Justice League, but composer Danny Elfman doesn’t see how the fabled cut even exists. The push by fans to get Warner Bros. to release Zack Snyder’s cut of the film gained a ton of traction earlier this month after a trio of stars in Ben Affleck (Batman), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) and Ray Fisher (Cyborg) posted in support of the cut’s release on the film’s two-year anniversary. Snyder himself responded to the stars to promote the campaign and Joe Mangianello, who appeared in the post-credits scene as Deathstroke, added his voice soon after.

But Elfman, who replaced Junkie XL as the composer for the film after Joss Whedon was brought in to replace Snyder due to the latter suffering a family tragedy, doesn’t get how that could be. Elfman told, “Well, the thing is, he never finished it. So, I don’t know quite how they’d do [a Snyder cut]. He had a tremendous tragedy, which forced him to not finish the film. I don’t quite understand this, because it wasn’t like he was fired, and that there is a Director’s Cut that is a finished movie and that the studio fired him and then hired Joss.”

Elfman continued on to say, “When Joss came on the film, he stepped in with only a few days notice, to pick up the helm because of this terrible, terrible tragedy that happened. So it is kind of a unique situation. I mean, there is definitely other movies where the director was fired, and a studio radically changed the movie because they didn’t like it. And as a fan, you go ‘I wonder what the director did, before the studio changed the movie.’ But I’m not really aware of how that dynamic would really apply here.”

Snyder said in April that he did do cut of the film, saying, “I mean, all I’ll tell you is, sure there’s a cut,” he says. “It’s done. I have a cut. I have a bunch of them.” Whedon was brought on to do rewrites and some reshoots, as well as all the post-production work, so it’s likely that what Snyder has is an assembled rough cut from before the formal editing process came into play.

Ultimately, it’s unlikely that Warner Bros. will spend the millions needed to do the visual effects and post-production work on any Snyder Cut, which would require things such as color timing and audio tuning, considering how much money the film lost (reportedly in the $80 million to $100 million range). So we’re probably just going to have to keep imagining what the Snyder Cut could be.

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