WarnerMedia Studios CEO Ann Sarnoff says that the release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League will complete the director’s superhero trilogy, reinforcing the studio’s desire to move past the social media campaign to hand back control of the DC film universe to the filmmaker.
Sarnoff spoke to Variety on Sunday, five days after the Snyder Cut started streaming on HBO Max, about catering to DC’s fanbase and the future of DC.
While expressing her and the studio’s appreciation for the movement that drove them to greenlight the new cut of the superhero blockbuster — as well as condemning the toxic, death-threatening side of the fanbase as “completely unacceptable” and “very disappointing” — Sarnoff thanked Snyder for his “many contributions to DC,” but said that the film marks the “completion of his trilogy” and looking towards the exciting “plans we have for all the multi-dimensional DC characters that are being developed right now.”
In addition to confirming that the Snyder Cut was the end of the road for the filmmaker’s storyline, when asked whether the studio was considering other director’s cut of their superhero films, specifically that of David Ayer’s ensemble Suicide Squad, Sarnoff flatly responded with “we won’t be developing David Ayer’s cut.”
With the Snyder Cut movement having also allotted traction to an Ayer Cut for the villain team-up film and the writer/director himself using social media to share tidbits of cut footage, concept art, script pages, etc, many were hopeful that the success of Justice would lead to that film’s restoration, but it was all to no avail.
Check out Sarnoff’s full interview here.