Could someone tell Zack Snyder it’s okay to just have one version of a movie and that’s it? I’m as big a fan of the Snyder Cut as anyone, but we don’t need another version of it or any footage that somehow didn’t make it in. I mean, the movie is 4-hours long. If something couldn’t make the cut it probably doesn’t need to, and that includes more footage of Jared Leto’s crazy Knightmare Joker.
Snyder had Leto reprise his Suicide Squad role as Joker in an epilogue set in the post-apocalyptic Knightmare future seen by Batman. In a trailer for the Snyder Cut, we see Joker saying a line that begins with “We live in a society…”, a line that Leto actually ad-libbed on set. Well, that scene isn’t in the actual movie, but Snyder tells a YouTuber that it was shot as another ending to the movie that we might see in the black & white Justice is Gray edition…
“There was a version of that. What I was trying to do was…a second for the black-and-white version, for the charity version of the movie. I wanted to…there’s a second ending of the movie, of the Jared Leto scene, just slightly different. I included that line.”
This will probably go on forever; Snyder talking about shit that he nearly put in the movie or was kept from adding. I said it before that he’s just the ultimate fanboy, and will always think of something he wishes he could do. The problem from a Warner Bros. standpoint is that it keeps his fans riled up to see everything, and they won’t let it go.
The Batman/Joker confrontation at the end of the Snyder Cut was ultimately meaningless. A couple of extra lines of dialogue aren’t likely to change that.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League is out on HBO Max now. Set aside a few hours and check it out.