DCEU’s Justice League Snyder Cut VFX director Tamara Watts Kent saw a full cut of Zack Snyder’s original film back in 2019.
The long-anticipated Snyder Cut of Justice League has been confirmed to have existed since at least 2019. Justice League, the first team-up film of the DCEU, was originally released in 2017 to mixed reviews. The production had been somewhat beleaguered, with Zack Snyder, the movie’s original director, stepping down after a family tragedy. Joss Whedon was brought on to oversee the post-production of the film, and his changes were said to have altered much of Snyder’s original vision for the story.
Due to these rumored changes, fans began speculating over the so-called “Snyder Cut” of Justice League. Rumors swirled that an entirely different version of the film existed, fueled by reports such as the fact that full characters, like Darkseid and Martian Manhunter, had been removed from the final version of the film. Still, despite viral support for #ReleaseTheSnyderCut and hints from Snyder himself, not much was known about that version, let alone if it actually existed. When HBO Max announced that Zack Snyder’s Justice League would be released on the streaming platform, Snyder Cut believers were validated. Even then, with the director conducting reshoots, it was hard to tell how much of his version truly existed before production began in 2020.
Now, fans know that Zack Snyder’s Justice League did exist in near-complete form, thanks to the movie’s visual effects producer Tamara Watts Kent. In a reflection posted to Instagram, the VFX director wrote that she had first watched the legendary Snyder Cut in black and white in 2019. What she saw was “over 3 hours long, full of previsualization and work in progress effects along with finished visual effects.” She added that “At times Zack had to clarify what I was looking at,” but she was fully able to follow the story.
She went on to explain more of the process, which clarified further how much of the Snyder Cut was finished and how much her team had to edit or create. This involved researching “to see if it was a previous Zack final to finish the full frame, or a work in progress shot from the past that could be unarchived and finished, or a brand new shot.” In the end, she reported, the VFX team “delivered over 2,500 shots in 7 months.”
With Zack Snyder’s Justice League on its way, the fans who have believed in the Snyder Cut all along probably don’t need this extra bit of confirmation that their theory was correct. However, an immense amount of work has clearly gone into the HBO Max version of Justice League. However, it sounds like this post-production work is only building on top of the framework that Snyder had already built, so true believers in Zack Snyder’s Justice League will absolutely be vindicated.