Director Zack Snyder reveals that WB was initially against the Batman and Joker swap in Zack Snyder’s Justice League Knightmare scene.
Swapping Batman and Joker in Zack Snyder’s Justice League The Knightmare scene wasn’t something Warner Bros. initially wanted. The much-touted version of DC’s 2017 ensemble movie is out now on HBO Max and the filmmaker is being more open about the process of putting it together.
It is no secret that the production of League of Justice it is one of the most complex in recent memory. Following the divisive answer to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. panicked, causing them to meddle in Snyder’s creative process. Before principal photography, his script was already rewritten, but that was only the beginning. Things got too controversial that Snyder decided to walk away from the project after suffering a personal tragedy. It was then that director Joss Whedon was hired to finish the film, who in turn changed it significantly during the new shoots. The Snyder Cut is the original director’s complete vision for the film, something his fans had been clamoring for ever since it became clear that the theatrical version was not what he intended it to be.
Talking with Yahoo!, Snyder revealed that WB did not want him to include the Batman and Joker swap in the Knightmare sequence. However, he felt very strongly the need to feature it in the Snyder Cut that he was willing to film behind his back in his backyard. Fortunately for him, the study fixed it.
The Batman and Joker relationship is so important to both characters, and if I never do another DC movie, I felt it was rude not to have done a scene with the two of them. Originally, the studio said, ‘Now we don’t want that,’ but I was like, ‘I’m going to do it anyway.’ I was going to put up some green screens and film them in my backyard, but in the end we didn’t have to do that. “
It is worth noting that much of Zack Snyder’s Justice League it was already filmed during the principal photography of the film. Using additional funding from HBO Max, the director was able to polish the visual effects work on it, as well as re-film some scenes, mostly adding the Knightmare and Joker sequence that wasn’t in his original plan. During the production of the theatrical version of the film and amidst study notes, he continued to work with his original plan for League of Justice, making sure they also had a piece of the blockbuster that is not tainted with any kind of outside influence. Because of this, it was easier to put together the Snyder Cut since I more or less had it fully filmed.
The Knightmare sequence is clearly a setup for future storytelling, but both Snyder and Warner Bros. deny there were any plans in the past. Zack Snyder’s Justice League. At this point, the camps claim they are ready to move on with the project – after all, it’s not officially DCEU canon despite being better than the theatrical cut of 2017. However, that doesn’t mean things aren’t. they will change in the future, especially since there are already calls to Restore the Snyderverse.
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