The stories behind 5 of the most interesting director's cuts in Hollywood history
After years of advocacy, fans of Zack Snyder's DC superhero films were finally rewarded last month when Zack Snyder's Justice League (the long-awaited "Snyder Cut" of the 2017 superhero film) debuted on HBO Max. The original Justice League had been a critical disaster and not much of a box office player, either; but as the years passed, fans insisted that Snyder's original version was not only better, but very much releasable. So with Warner Bros. in need of subscribers for its new streaming service, the studio brought the director back and gave him $70 million to finish the film his way.
The Snyder Cut is only the latest in a long, colorful history of Hollywood directors battling with studios over the right to final cut on a film. In case the Snyder Cut and the many imitators it has spawned — like the potential "Ayer Cut" of Suicide Squad, or the R-rated version of Mrs. Doubtfire — was your first introduction to such artistic struggles, take a look back at five of the most interesting director's cuts in Hollywood history.