Avengers Directors – ‘Russo Brothers’ has nothing but praise for Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
During Phase Three, Joe Russo and Anthony Russo AKA the Russo Brothers became the leading directors of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The two directed their first comic book film in 2014 with the critically acclaimed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, before going on to helm the Civil War sequel in 2016. Later, the duo went on to direct Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame.
Russo Brothers are now busy promoting their upcoming Netflix movie “The Grayman”. In a recent interview with WIRED, when they were asked “What if the Russo Brothers directed The Justice League?” they replied by saying that Zack Snyder’s Justice League is the definitive cut and fans do not need to watch anything else.
Anthony Russo said:
I don’t know how to answer that, See the Snyder Cut. That’s the definitive cut.
Joe Russo added:
Yeah, you don’t need to see anything else.
During the red carpet event of Zack Snyder’s Justice League back in 2021, the Russo Brothers posted on their joint Twitter account, saying they’ll be “watching along with everyone else,” while sharing their excitement over the fact that Snyder’s “vision has been truly realized”. It was amazing to witness such an honest and friendly gesture.
What is Snyder Cut?
Justice League, released by Warner Bros. Pictures in 2017, had a difficult production. Its script underwent major changes before and during production between 2016 and 2017. In May 2017, Snyder stepped down during post-production following the death of his daughter, and Joss Whedon was hired to finish the film, completing it as an uncredited director. Whedon oversaw reshoots and other changes that incorporated a brighter tone and more humor and reduced the runtime significantly in accordance with a mandate from Warner Bros. The theatrical version polarized critics and was a box office disappointment, leading Warner Bros. to focus on developing films around individual characters with less regard for consistency and continuity within the wider shared universe.
Many fans expressed interest in Snyder’s version of the film, which they and members of the cast and crew referred to as the “Snyder Cut”. Although industry insiders considered the release unlikely, Warner Bros. decided to move ahead in February 2020; in May, Snyder announced that it would be released as Zack Snyder’s Justice League via streaming service HBO Max. $70 million was spent to complete the visual effects, score and editing, with new material being shot in October 2020. The release was originally planned as both a six-episode miniseries and a four-hour film, with the former being cancelled in January 2021 in favor of releasing it as the latter. The film is dedicated to the memory of Snyder’s daughter, Autumn.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League was released on HBO Max on March 18, 2021. It became the fourth-most-streamed film debut on the platform that year. The film was widely considered superior to the 2017 theatrical version and received praise for its direction, musical score, action sequences, performances (particularly Fisher), and improved character development.
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