The trailer for Zack Snyder’s space epic Rebel Moon is only a few days old, and already he’s talking about a Director’s Cut. And a pretty significant one, considering the film is already split into two chapters and is being released by Netflix. So what’s the point?
Rebel Moon will arrive as two separate films: Rebel Moon: A Child of Fire hitting Netflix on December 22nd, and sequel Rebel Moon: The Scargiver on April 19th 2024. Both will have Director’s Cuts of their own, and Snyder has revealed the amount of extra footage, while giving a reason it’s needed in the first place.
“The [Rebel Moon] director’s cut is close to an hour of extra content, so I think it’s a legitimate extended universe version,” he said to Netflix. “You really get to see a lot. It’s just more painted-in all the way. The director’s [cut] is a settle-in deep dive, which I have notoriously done throughout my career. I don’t know how I got into this director’s cut thing, but what I will say about it is that, for me, the director’s cuts have always been something I had to fight for in the past and nobody wanted it. It was this bastard child that I was always trying to put together because they felt like there was a deeper version. And with Netflix, we shot scenes just for the director’s cut. So in that way, it’s really a revelation because it gives that second kick at the can for big fans, like a real discovery that they would not [otherwise] get. I’m really excited about it!”
Sounds like a gimmick to me. What’s the point of a director’s cut of a movie that fans haven’t already consumed and pondered over? Can you fix something if you don’t know it’s broken?
Anyway, you can add Rebel Moon to Snyder’s list of previous movies with extended versions: Justice League, Watchmen, Sucker Punch (with another one planned), Dawn of the Dead, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.