Zack Snyder's entries in the DC Extended Universe have been received with polarizing reactions, with both positive and negative responses spawning from the director's dark vision of this universe of heroes. After he left Justice League due to a family tragedy, Joss Whedon took the film to its completion, resulting in a film that was tonally uneven. The film's sound editor, David Hecker, recently confirmed that there is enough unused footage from Snyder's vision to create a director's cut of the film.
"Many scenes and sounds are left on the proverbial cutting room floor,” Hecker told Inverse. He’s hopeful fans may one day see it all sooner than later. “The cool part is that on many of these films the studio releases the Director’s Cut with a lot of that material put back in the film for the DVD release, so at least most of the sounds we create will be used one way or another.”
Snyder's previous film in the DCEU, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, received not only an extended cut of the film on home video, but it also incorporated footage that earned it an R rating.
Due to Justice League being the culmination of the entire DCEU, Hecker also pointed out just how exhaustive the process of creating the film was.
“With all the additional photography being integrated into the film and time fleeting towards the release date, we ended up culminating our year of work mixing on multiple stages for 46 straight 12-plus hour days!” Hecker shared.
Hecker is only the latest crew member to speak out about the possibility of a Director's Cut, with cinematographer Fabian Wagner hoping Snyder's vision is eventually released.
"This one was even shorter than I expected, so there are scenes that aren't in there. I really hope we get to see a director's cut, which will give us everything that we shot that didn't make it in," Wagner told The Hollywood Reporter. "What I love about his [Snyder's] director's cuts is they are long, but he takes his time to tell the story. I've never watched any of his directors cut and thought 'This is long.' Whether they are three hours long, or three hours and ten minutes, they always seemed to go quick."
Sadly, the poor financial and critical reception to Justice League might make Warner Bro.s want to wash their hands of the whole project and focus on the future instead of harping on Justice League's setbacks.
Justice League is currently in theaters.