Justice League has re-entered the pop culture conversation this weekend, in conjunction with the two-year anniversary of the film's initial release. Much of that is due to fans' campaign for the release of the "Snyder Cut", an elusive alternate cut of the film that would have carried out the vision of writer-director Zack Snyder. The online conversation has led to multiple new behind-the-scenes photos from Snyder's production of the film, several of which were shared by the film's principal cast members. On Sunday alone, Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot, former Batman actor Ben Affleck, and even Snyder himself weighed in on the topic -- and it looks like another DC Extended Universe star is joining in. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who plays Black Manta in the Aquaman franchise, recently took to Twitter to join in on the conversation, with a tweet you can check out below.
Honestly, I was originally indifferent because Justice League was before my time. But the DCEU fans are relentless and their passion has got me kinda amped up!! I think it just might be time to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut
(Desaturated pic included for continuity and solidarity) lol pic.twitter.com/pjIEHmsfjd— Yahya Abdul-Mateen 2 (@yahya) November 18, 2019
In the tweet, Abdul-Mateen reveals that he was "originally indifferent" to the project since it was before he was cast, but has since gotten "amped up" by the passion that fans have shown for the movement. He then included a black-and-white photo of himself "for continuity and solidarity", as a nod to the behind-the-scenes photos.
The conversation around a "Snyder Cut" has been around almost since Justice League debuted in theaters, after Snyder had to step down from finishing the film's reshoots due to a family tragedy. The movement has resulted in petitions, guerilla marketing, and quite a lot of social media chatter. When it comes to whether or not a cut should be released - or if the DC Extended Universe should just focus its efforts elsewhere - the cast of the film have drastically different points of view.
"I think the public needs to see it. I'm obviously indebted to Warner and DC and I don't know how they feel about it, but as a fan, I'm very, very happy I got to see it," Jason Momoa, who played Arthur Curry/Aquaman in the film, told MTV News.
"I don’t know if [a Snyder cut] actually exists so the only way I can look at it is as a business model, and I don’t know what difference it’s going to make," Henry Cavill, who played Clark Kent/Superman, said in a previous interview. "There are stories to be told, which need to be told and adjustments that can be made, but that’s not going to make any difference."1comments
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Joker is in theaters now. Upcoming DC movies include Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) on February 7, 2020, Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5, 2020, The Batman on June 25, 2021, The Suicide Squad on August 6, 2021, Black Adam on December 21, 2021, and Aquaman 2 on December 16, 2022.