Director Zack Snyder Speaks on "Toxic Fandom" Mentality
The fabled director cut of Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) is nearly here, poised to launch on HBO Max after fans tirelessly campaigned for the four-hour extended version, untouched by former co-director Joss Whedon. Though there is excitement mounted around the premiere event, Snyder is well aware of those who were disapproving of his movie.
While in an interview for CinemaBlend's Sean O'Connell's book, #ReleaseTheSnyderCut, which retells the mass phenomenon around Snyder's Justice League, Snyder opened up more about the fan campaign and acknowledged that the movement has been regarded as "toxic," knowing that with supportive fans, come negative ones.
"I just think that’s sour grapes. There’s really no other way to say it. We know the people who were the architects of that narrative, and it’s pretty obvious what their agenda is," the director said. "Those are people that I’ve been held back from confronting, by wiser people in the room. Because I’d love to get at some of these characters. Some direct conversation would be nice. Just to say, one, you don’t know shit about what you’re talking about. And we can break down everything they’ve ever [said]. I can make a list. There are a few of these guys where I could just get a list of everything they’ve ever said, that they thought was right, and [I could tell them] every single thing they’ve said is wrong."
There were no holding back strong opinions about those who have spoken against the Justice League's rerelease, and the idea of what can be considered as a "toxic" fandom. Snyder's cut has been hotly debated since the demand for the movie first rang out across social media, and divided a fanbase who didn't hesitate to butt heads and vocalize where they stood about another version of the Justice League seeing the light of day.
"..and so, in what world do you have any credibility anywhere, to anyone? I would love the opportunity to just say to the world, and to fandom in general, who these fakers are and what should be done to them, or with them. It’s just a bunch of BS. In regards to that toxic fandom, or it’s 'a win for toxic fandom,’ again, in what world does this ‘toxic fandom’ raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for suicide prevention? How is that toxic fandom? They’ve probably achieved more than any other fan base, [and done more] good than any other group. So I don’t understand," Snyder said.
In contempt of DC fans who still stand firm against the idea of the Snyder Cut's inevitable release, or to the delight of those who have been restless to indulge upon the movie that bonded a fanbase, the Snyder Cut of Justice League will stream on HBO Max and hit theaters on March 18, 2021.