Despite all the campaigns, petitions, and hashtags, it’s become patently clear that Warner Bros. has no interest in continuing, resurrecting, restoring, or concluding the SnyderVerse, with HBO Max’s four-hour version of Justice League the end of the line.
That became even clearer when James Gunn and Peter Safran made the dismantling of the original mythology one of their first acts of business, with Henry Cavill unceremoniously tossed out on his ass mere weeks after celebrating his long-awaited return in the post-credits scene of Black Adam.
The studio hasn’t exactly done a stellar job with its DC properties over the last decade, but the comic book adaptations are the most lucrative jewel in WB’s crown, so the top brass aren’t too keen to play with others and license out the material for public use. That’s why Netflix is exceedingly unlikely to give the SnyderVerse crowd what it wants, and it could also explain why a proposed charity screening of the Snyder Cut was blocked.
As you can imagine, the fury being directed in Warner Bros.’ direction ignited instantly, even though it’s worth pointing out a major Hollywood corporation is under no obligation to hand over the licensing rights to its intellectual property, even if it’s a one-off showing of a solitary feature in the name of a good cause.
The battle between the SnyderVerse supporters and the powers-that-be has become increasingly one-sided, with the focus and pressure falling on Gunn and Safran to try and win over what might be the most disillusioned fandom in all of pop culture.