It seems like since May (of this year) we’ve been on the longest rollercoaster ride since the invention of rollercoasters, and the twists and turns just keep coming. I thought that when the news of Zack Snyder (director) stepping down from JUSTICE LEAGUE had broke, it was the worst possible scenario. That being because it came with the news of Joss Whedon (director) filling in for Snyder, and finishing the post production that he was unable to since the unfortunate tragedy of his daughter, Autumn’s, death. It was an emotional time for the Snyders, and beyond understandable for them — Zack and Deborah — to take a step back.
Since that point, there’s been an almost incalculable number of twists and turns. We’ve seen the “reshoots” debacle, rewrites to make the movie more “light and hopeful,” and most recently the “Snyder Cut.”
I find myself sitting down and wondering when all of madness will come to an end, and we can just get on to the next project — AQUAMAN, December 21, 2018 — coming out of Warner Bros. and DC Films, but oh course, it doesn’t look like that’ll be happening any time soon.
Today we got one of the most curious pieces of “backstage drama” from JUSTICE LEAGUE coming out of Umberto Gonzales and Tim Molloy of The Wrap who reported that Warner Bros. wanted to fire Snyder after BATMAN V SUPERMAN. An “insider” told them,
Studio executives repeatedly went to Silverman to suggest removing Snyder from “Justice League.”
I find this a bit curious, since we know that Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter said back in May when breaking the story of Snyder stepping down,
The studio floated was the possibility of pushing back the release date of the movie, but the Snyders decided against that.
It raises some red flags for me when there was word the studio was fully behind Snyder, and willing to push JUSTICE LEAGUE back to allow him time to grieve and finish the project, but yet supposedly wanted to fire him after BvS’ “underwhelming reception.” To me, if true, that meant that Warner Bros. only proposed the idea of pushing its release back knowing Snyder would never agree to such a thing, which would be absolutely horrendous (on their part).
There is some footing for that possibility, as they — Gonzales and Molloy — were told by an “executive” that Kevin Tsujihara (Warner Bros. CEO) and Toby Emmerich (Warner Bros. Pictures President),
“wanted to preserve their bonuses they would be paid before the merger,” and were worried that “if they pushed the movie, then their bonuses would have been pushed to the following year and they might not still be at the studio.”
This due to the fact that Time Warner (the parent company of Warner Bros.) was to go through an $85.4B merger with AT&T, and that if JUSTICE LEAGUE was pushed, they feared the merger would remove them from their positions and thus cost them their bonuses. Of course, again, if this is true and the reason for not pushing the movie back is one of the purest displays of greed one could imagine.
And in hindsight, it seems even more foolish since the United States DOJ filed suit under anti-trust laws to block the merger.
This, of course, all stems from the nameless and faceless, which as you know– or maybe you don’t, but I don’t like when we’re given something we cannot fact check. It forces us to trust the messenger, and I’m one who like to know that what I’m trusting is foolproof. So, I reached out to Molloy regarding the sources of his (and Gonzales) article to check the inconsistencies that are there from Kit’s article back in May. Unfortunately, Molloy never responded, and ultimately leaves no accountability for the differing stories.
A lack of solid evidence that can be checked makes it nigh impossible to tell what stories are legitimate, and what are “hit-pieces” disguised under the cover of “sources,” “insiders” and “unnamed executives.” This overall leaves the general audience floundering as they’re told one thing one moment, and another the next. It almost seems to be a disservice. And with the timing, there’s a degree of curiousness as to why we’re only hearing about this now compared to back in May when Snyder stepped down and we heard he had the studio’s full support.
Perception here speaks for itself, as it appears to be more dirt kicked at JUSTICE LEAGUE after its poor (domestic) opening weekend and the so-far failed merger.