Zack Snyder On Joss Whedon’s ‘Justice League’ Being DCEU Canon While His Is Not

Now that Zack Snyder’s Justice League is mere days away, we have to grapple a little bit with what might’ve been. The unfortunate reality is that it was Joss Whedon’s version that ended up on the screen, and that has impact on the DCEU and the films that came after it. While Snyder’s cut may have more story and different paths for the characters in it, it actually means nothing to the franchise as a whole, and that’s weird considering how pivotal the director was into building the whole thing.

Snyder recognizes how odd the situation is, as well, and in the latest DC Cinematic Cast, he reveals his thoughts on Whedon’s version of Justice League being canon while his isn’t….

“It’s interesting, sort of in the DCEU, or whatever it’s become, that that trilogy (comprised of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, Justice League) sort of insulates itself in some ways [and] becomes its own thing now. I famously said, and it’s true, this isn’t controversial, my Justice League is not canon, right? Canon for Warner Bros. is the Joss Whedon version of Justice League.”

“In their mind, that’s canon. And what I’m doing is not. Everything is not,” Snyder continued. “So it’s just an interesting, that relationship. And I’m fine with it because I feel like the only way that I could have made this film with autonomy was because of that, because of me admitting and agreeing to the fact that it is not canon.”

Snyder also expressed some frustration about the situation, adding “The grander, greater concept for the DCEU is on another road. And there’s nothing I can do about that. That is just, it is what it is. It’s not my decision.”

I think if the Snyder Cut turns out to be really good (I’ve heard from a few that it is) that fans will only accept his film and basically wash Whedon’s down the memory hole. We’ll find out when it arrives on HBO Max on March 18th. For now, check out a new poster with Darkseid looking intimidating, and an updated version of his teaser video from a few days ago.


Travis Hopson
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