Rolling Stone recently published a rather controversial article accusing Zack Snyder of having used bots and threats to drive the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut campaign and to force Warner Bros. to comply with his whims. The accusations are quite infamous and have not gone unnoticed by fans, who are now raising their voices to defend what they believe in.
If we are to believe the information provided by reporter Tatiana Siegel , author of the article, about 90% of the Twitter accounts that used the hashtag #ReleaseTheSnyderCut were real users, and that should be proof enough that Snyder has too many fans like to finance campaigns with bots.
Snyder has won the hearts of many people for his particular style, derived from his past as a director of video clips. His second feature film, 300 (60%) , made a big splash, and his adaptation of Watchmen, The Watchmen (65%) , left many satisfied. Later, in the DC Comics cinematic universe, he was in charge of directing the reboot of Superman with The Man of Steel (55%) , from 2013, and although he divided opinions, he also obtained many faithful followers who supported him during the premiere of Batman . vs Superman: Dawn of Justice (27%) .
However, the critical failure and the division of opinions generated by Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice led Warner Bros. to intervene abruptly in the production of Justice League (41%) , a film of the one that Snyder left to give his place to Joss Whedon when production was already well advanced. Following the theatrical release of Justice League , fans realized that this was not Snyder’s vision, and began posting the hashtag #ReleaseTheSnyderCut.
It was the natural result of the frustration generated among Snyder fans, realizing that the film that the director had promised was not released. After more than two years of pushing the hashtag, representatives from Warner Bros. contacted Snyder and reached an agreement to produce the film, which would arrive on HBO Max in March 2021 with the titleZack Snyder’s Justice League (82%).
Now fans who excitedly shared the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut hashtag for years are offended that their entire effort is being reduced to a conspiracy by an evil director (compared to Lex Luthor by people at Warner Bros. according to the article), and so on. This is how they have responded on social networks, with the hashtag #RestoreTheSnyderVerse:
This article could even be interpreted as a kind of desperate resort by the studio to stifle fans’ attempts to restore the SnyderVerse, the name given to the cinematic universe as planned by the director several years ago. In addition to Justice League being a trilogy, there would be a solo movie for the Batman ofBen Affleck. However, with the Rolling Stone article, everything indicates that the director’s relationship with the studio is terrible and there will hardly be a reconciliation.