Justice League was released in 2017 to overwhelmingly negative reviews. Joss Whedon's attempts to "fix" the movie resulted in an absolute disaster, and fans wasted no time in campaigning for the release of Zack Snyder's version of the blockbuster with the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut hashtag.
That movement did a lot of good and bad, though recent claims have suggested that the campaign behind Zack Snyder's Justice League ultimately being released on HBO Max wasn't quite as genuine as we thought. Whether the report was accurate or little more than a hit-piece is unclear, but it only served to drive home the fact that Warner Bros. is done with the SnyderVerse.
Now, another blow has been dealt to #RestoreTheSnyderVerse supporters thanks to comments from DC Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee at Comic-Con yesterday.
"You know, what's amazing is that we spent two years in lockdown - and here we are, back at a convention, celebrating the art form, feeling good," the legendary comic book artist started. "I work on the projects that are in development. And so, I think the Snyder Cut was Zack's vision realized, and it was a really satisfying story told, but there's no plans for additional work on that material."
"So, I was happy to help contribute to the pitch for the other stuff, and it was kind of fun to actually see that stuff get out there, 'cause I did that years ago," Lee continued. "I actually thought it had been erased, but they had kept it in storage."
He's likely referencing the storyboards that were put on display for the unmade Justice League sequels, but it now seems clearer than ever that they won't become a reality on streaming or as a comic book (as some fans had hoped). Again, we're not surprised, but there will be many fans who are disappointed by these comments.
The Flash is expected to close the door on the SnyderVerse next June, so this world is on borrowed time. On the plus side, we'll always have Zack Snyder's Justice League on HBO Max!