Zack Snyder almost cancelled Snyder Cut after Green Lantern removal

Zack Snyder successfully delivered his cut of Justice League to fans earlier this year. Unfortunately, the movie wasn't actually the director’s complete vision after all. Despite being pushed as Zack Snyder's Justice League, Warner Bros refused to let the filmmaker include Green Lantern in the movie.

For Zack Snyder's Justice League, the director had already filmed scenes with Green Lantern. Portrayed by Wayne T. Carr, the character of John Stewart would've appeared at the end of he movie. Warner Bros had other ideas.

Zack Snyder wanted to cancel the Snyder Cut

In an interview with Tyrone Magnus, Zack Snyder explained that he battled with Warner Bros over the movie. As the film was set to be his undisturbed vision, he didn't want to release the film without John Stewart. The director said:

“When we had this fight, I was like, 'Guys, I don't understand. We have this whole thing of the Multiverse, who cares? I just think the right end of this movie is John Stewart, that's the correct ending to happen. By the way, I don't want to take anything away from Harry and away from Martian Manhunter, because it's cool. Seeing him early and then seeing him at the end, its cool, it kind of completes his story. But it was always my intent to have John Stewart [meet Batman]."
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The director continued to explain that the appearance of a Green Lantern made sense for the finale. As the Green Lanterns are shown in the original battle against Darkseid, they should've reappeared.

"Even if there's no other movies, it would make sense for the movies to come that John Stewart would say, 'The Green Lantern Corps is going to come to fight with you against Darkseid because we need to do that. You guys aren't gonna make it without us. We're powerful allies in this. To me, it was like a no-brainer. But it was a very serious fight that I was in."

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He didn't want to let the actor down

Zack Snyder explained that, among it all, he didn't want to let down the Green Lantern actor. However, the director also didn't want the actor to think he was responsible for the Snyder Cut staying unreleased.

“To me, it wasn't worth doing it to Wayne, like blowing up the whole movie — because it was that close — over it. And then have everyone be like, or have Wayne feel like, 'Oh shit, I canceled the whole movie because Snyder wouldn't budge.' And I just felt like, 'Okay, [frick] it. I'm gonna just [let it go].' And Wayne was great in the thing."
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Snyder Cut behind the scenes showing Green Lantern

With Warner Bros killing the SnyderVerse, the inclusion of Green Lantern in Justice League would've been harmless. Nevertheless, Zack Snyder's real version of Justice League is just a skilled fan edit away.

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