It would be an understatement to say that most critics aren’t fans of Zack Snyder’s vision of the DCEU. He created the first two movies, Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, which were met with mixed to low reviews, and he went on to direct Justice League. As many know, though, he had to step down due to his daughter’s death, and Joss Whedon took over. But before this, Warner Brothers reportedly wanted Zack Snyder removed from Justice League due to the negative reception of Batman v Superman.
The Wrap is reporting that when Batman v Superman failed critically and didn’t bring in the box office Warner Brothers was expecting, studio executives repeatedly suggested removing Zack Snyder from Justice League to Greg Silverman, the president of Warner Brothers.
Greg Silverman was reportedly “quite harsh on Zack” after Batman v Superman‘s poor reception, but he didn’t fire him because removing the director would show signs of trouble and cost the studio lots of money.
“They were already in deep prep on ‘Justice League’ and it would have cost a fortune. There’s stickiness to a director because there’s so much cost to unstick him. Warners is a studio that almost to a fault always wants to project strength.”
However, it wasn’t Silverman’s decision to keep Snyder on the project. The Wrap reports that “this was all happening on a Tsujihara level.” (Kevin Tsujihara is the CEO of Warner Brothers)
Source – The Wrap
Justice League is in theaters now.
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes — Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash — it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, and Amy Adams.