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Today watch the digital release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, with the director’s sizable online fanbase campaigning to place it on download charts. But someone high up at Warner Bros is determined to crash the party, as a “confidential report” leaked to Rolling Stone paints Zack Snyder as a Lex Luthor figure commanding legions of internet trolls to do his bidding. .
A specific allegation relates to the streaming premiere of Adam Wingard’s Godzilla vs. Kongwhich premiered on HBO Max a week after Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Fans at the time were hoping we’d see a sequel to Snyder’s DCEU and were posting #RestoretheSnyderVerse wherever they could, including in one star reviews on the IMDb reviews page for Godzilla vs. Kong.
Now Warner Bros alleges that Adam Wingard personally contacted Snyder to ask him to order his fans to drop him, but Snyder adamantly refused. Snyder denies this, saying that this conversation with Wingard did not take place and:
“Also, I don’t control my fans. They have their own will and their own opinions; You really give me too much credit.
It is a given that in any popular media campaign there will be those who take things too far, and a proven tactic for discrediting an entire movement is to focus on the actions of an unsavory minority. In any case, the blitz of reviews didn’t seem to have much of an effect as Godzilla vs. Kong skyrocketing to the top of the streaming charts upon release, Warner Bros celebrated its viewing figures and became a sizable international hit during the COVID pandemic.
And hey, whether the #ReleasetheSnyderCut campaign was entirely organic or manipulated by shady megalomaniacal figures behind the scenes, we still got an excellent superhero epic, so we’ll score it a win.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League is being released widely digitally today.