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Zack Snyder Explains Why he isn’t getting paid for ‘Justice League’ on HBO Max

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After years of appeals and petitions from fans, Justice League Snyder Cut is just around the corner. And the fans have had to endure an awfully long wait, as the movie is set for release on HBO Max on March 18th. But, it looks like the creator of the film, Zack Snyder himself, will not receive any monetary benefits from this movie. Yes, Snyder is not getting his paycheck from Warner Bros. for Justice League.

Zack Snyder is not taking a single penny for making Justice League

Zack Snyder Explains Why he isn't getting paid for 'Justice League' on HBO Max
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When Snyder took on the responsibility of making the Snyder Cut, he was committed to not include a single clip from Joss Whedon’s Justice League. For that, a ton of editing work had to be done to complete the project. Moreover, there were also several reshoots as well as a lot of time spent with visual effect artists to make Justice League a reality. But, Snyder did not accept any paycheck from Warner Bros. and his reason was:

I’m not getting paid. I didn’t want to be beholden to anyone, and it allowed me to keep my negotiating powers with these people pretty strong.

By this statement, it’s evident that Zack Snyder didn’t accept any payment for this project to fulfill his artistic vision. If he had, he believes he would have been held hostage to what the studios wanted Zack Snyder’s Justice League cut to be. But, he stuck to his guns. And that’s commendable, considering the movie’s tumultuous past.

He refused to simply release raw footage of the movie

Initially, Warner Bros. wanted to just release the old raw footage on his laptop. But, Snyder was not going to let that happen. He told Vanity Fair:

I was like, ‘That’s a no, that’s a hard no’. And they’re like, ‘But why? You can just put up the rough cut’. I go, ‘Here’s why. Three reasons: One, you get the internet off your back, which is probably your main reason for wanting to do this. Two, you get to feel vindicated for making things right, I guess, on some level. And then three, you get a shitty version of the movie that you can point at and go, ‘See? It’s not that good anyway. So maybe I was right.’ I was like, No chance. I would rather just have the Snyder cut be a mythical unicorn for all time.

These comments show how personally invested Zack Snyder is in his cut of Justice League. It’s impossible to imagine putting so many hours of your time into something, without any compensation. But, Snyder chose to do that just to see his dream come true. He put his personal gains aside and wanted to work on his best version of Justice League. And we’ll be seeing it on HBO Max on 18th March 2021.

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