‘Justice League’: Zack Snyder Left Due To Having “No Energy To Fight” With Studio

When Zack Snyder exited Justice League deep into production following the tragic death of his daughter, many, including yours truly, speculated there was more to the story. Rumors had been swirling that Warner Bros. execs were unhappy and looking for an excuse to get Snyder out and replace him with Joss Whedon, who had two successful Avengers films under his belt. Turns out, those rumors weren’t entirely unfounded.

According to a new book titled Release the Snyder Cut, Snyder talks about his decison to leave Justice League, a film that Warner Bros. had been trying to get him to make more like a crowd-pleasing Marvel project.  And while his family troubles were definitely a motivating factor, Snyder admits his fatigue at having to fight to make the movie he wanted…

“I just was kind of done with it,” explained Snyder. “I was in this place of [knowing] my family needs me more than this bullshit, and I just need to honor them and do the best I can to heal that world.”

“I had no energy to fight [the studio], and fight for [the movie]. Literally, zero energy for that. I really think that’s the main thing. I think there’s a different world where I stayed and kind of tried. And I’m sure I could have . . . because every movie is a fight, right? I was used to that. But I just did not have the [energy]. There was no fight in me. I had been beaten by what was going on in my life and I just didn’t want to, I didn’t care to . . . that was kind of where I was.”

Looking back, I forgot that fans had already begun campaigining for the Snyder Cut just weeks after Justice League‘s release and ultimate failure. Four years later, the petitions, Comic-Con campaigns, and social media hashtags have paid off. Zack Snyder’s 4-hour cut of Justice League hits HBO Max, and possibly theaters, in March. [Cinemablend]

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.