2017 was a tumultuous time for DC movies, at least when it came to Justice League. The superhero crossover epic disappointed both critically and at the box office, but the film’s troubles began earlier in the year when director Zack Snyder took a leave of absence to attend to his family following the tragic death of his daughter. However, recent news has come to light suggesting that Snyder’s parting with DC was much more complicated and not necessarily amicable.
According to a tweet from former Variety and Mashable editor Josh L. Dickey [via ComicBookMovie], Snyder was relieved of his duties at DC Films a few months prior to publicly announcing his departure from Justice League in May 2017. Dickey doesn’t provide any further details or insight into the events, but claims to have been sitting on the story for nearly a year but wasn’t allowed to share what he knew at the time.
Since I'm shifting into DGAF mode, here's a hot one for ya: Zack Snyder was fired from the DCEU just over 1 year ago. Couldn't write it ~quite~ that way at the time, but was able to tapdance around it [clumsy/oblique headline not mine] https://t.co/7cht70rCaG
— Josh L. Dickey (@JLDlite) February 10, 2018
If Dickey’s version of events is true — and it must be emphasized that neither Snyder or DC Films has confirmed anything, so this should all be taken with a grain of salt — it would mean that the split between the two parties wasn’t as amicable as we were led to believe and could help explain why there has been no traction on getting a “Snyder Cut” of Justice League.
Interestingly, Snyder is still listed as an executive producer on several upcoming DC films, such as Aquaman, Wonder Woman 2, and Suicide Squad 2, but those credits could merely be a formality at this point given the role Snyder played in casting actors such as Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa and not indicative of any actual creative input from the filmmaker.
Snyder directed three films under the DC banner — Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Justice League — and is responsible for shaping much of what constitutes the DC Extended Universe to this day. Snyder’s brand of filmmaking is notoriously divisive and while his films have attracted a large, passionate fanbase, they’ve hardly been crowd-pleasers on the level of Marvel, DC’s chief competition. Even if Snyder wasn’t outright fired by DC Films, it’s hard to see him having much of a role in the studio’s endeavors going forward.
In other words, the Snyder era is for, all intents and purposes, over.