Warner Bros. CEO — The Kevin Tsujihara effect

After the worst domestic opening in DCEU history, and a “of conspiracy level” proportions panning by critics, there’s one thing for certain– the DCEU fan base is pissed. It was quite clear that the fan base was standing tall alongside Zack Snyder (director,) as they had already thrown Joss Whedon (director) under the bus, but now it seems they’re looking for the crown.

I’m getting flashes of movies and TV show who make sure to always point out that one over used quote, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorn.” Well, it looks like the history books need an asterisk, because it seems like that’s true except for the DCEU fan base.

Warner Bros. CEO — The Kevin Tsujihara effect
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That’s right, you’re not imagining that. The DCEU fan base wants Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara’s job.

After the massive editing that gave us the “Theatrical Cut” of BATMAN V SUPERMAN, which many could argue “under performed” since Snyder’s vision — the “Ultimate Cut” — was overall well more received; it’s as no surprise that the editing JUSTICE LEAGUE got that fans wanting a “Snyder Cut” of it. This also seems to be one of the (four) main reasons the pitchforks and torches are out for Tsujihara.

Though, there’s no credible source that confirms that Tsujihara directly called for the (excessive) editing. Though, where there’s smoke there’s fire.

As Patty Jenkins (director, WONDER WOMAN) told Fandango,

I think that in superhero movies, they fight other people, they fight villains. So when I started to really hunker in on the significance of No Man’s Land, there were a couple people who were deeply confused, wondering, like, “Well, what is she going to do? How many bullets can she fight?” And I kept saying, “It’s not about that. This is a different scene than that. This is a scene about her becoming Wonder Woman.”

Again, we’re left with no specific tie to Tsujihara in regard to wanting the “No Man’s Land” scene ’86ed from WONDER WOMAN.

And just when you thought it was impossible to catch Tsujihara’s hand in the cookie jar, the most credible claim of the “#FireTsujihara” is in the mandatory two-hour runtime for JUSTICE LEAGUE. As Collider reported back on November 6th that it was made clear in the Wall Street Journal, “Tsujihara made clear that he wanted the superhero movie to come in under two hours.”

Warner Bros. CEO — The Kevin Tsujihara effect
DC Entertainment News Facebook page

I find myself understanding the outrage. I also understand the desire to put a face to what fan’s perceive as a villain, and one cannot ignore it as the Facebook page DC Entertainment News, who has 1M+ likes, is leading the charge for Tsujihara’s “head.”

Though, despite my understanding, I feel as if to demand for a man’s (or woman’s) job because of at best circumstantial evidence is a bit over the top. It’s a demand that surely will not be met. If you want to cause change, there’s only two things you can do:

  1. Don’t see JUSTICE LEAGUE, as a way to say you won’t stand for what’s going on, or…
  2. Go see JUSTICE LEAGUE and continue to use social media to support Snyder and the other directors’ uninterfered visions.

If we (as a fan base) continue to overreact, we won’t be taken seriously. For there to be any positive change, it’s crucial that the message is rational and heard. So please, always verify points and think of ways that are professional and cannot be contorted as being a “radical fanboy fan base’s” tantrum for not getting what they wanted.

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