Clerks director Kevin Smith says a Snyder Cut of 2017's Justice League exists and that he believes Warner Bros. should release the unfinished film.

"I've not seen it firsthand," Smith told the ReelBlend podcast. "And also to be clear, I know Zack, but it’s not like, ‘We're f*cking tight son!’ … That being said, I’ve spoken now to enough people at various levels in that production. There IS a Snyder cut. For sure. That's not a mythical beast. It exists. Now, it's not a finished movie by any stretch of the imagination. There were things that went away from the story that they shot that didn't wind up going into (visual) effects or anything like that. So I would assume, based on what I've been told, that large sections of that Snyder Cut are, you know, pre-viz (with) a lot of green screen."

"We're not talking a finished movie," he continued. "When people hear ‘Snyder Cut’ in their heads, they think about, like, a DVD they've seen of an extended cut or something that's finished. The ‘Snyder Cut’ that, again I haven't seen, but the one I've heard everyone speak of was never a finished film. It was a movie that people in production could watch and fill in the blanks. It was certainly not meant for mass consumption."

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Smith added that he believes audience can "handle that cut of the movie." He continued, "I think there's a common thought process, probably within the studio – and again, no studio has said this to me, but I would assume that they're like, ‘We can’t show people this. Yes, there is a Snyder Cut, but no audience would be able to look at this and see what the director's intent was.’ I disagree. That would seem like common wisdom because everyone always wants to put their best foot forward. But I think the audience now, particularly the audience that would consume the Snyder Cut and discuss it at great length, can watch a work print. They can watch a work-in-progress and fill in the blanks in their heads."

Smith then went on to say releasing the Snyder Cut would be a good way to make more money on the film, saying, "All they have to do is lend their audience a little more credence to be like, ‘Look, they’ll get it.’ Put up a bunch of f*cking disclaimers, including one from Zack himself at the head of it going, ‘Obviously the movie wasn't finished, but here's what we were thinking.’ There's definitely a way to do it. … They could definitely shoot a version of that flick where, you know, they put [Snyder] into it explaining what would have went here, what went there."

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After an infamously troubled production process, Snyder left Justice League after a family tragedy. Director Joss Whedon was reportedly called in to complete reshoots that gave the film a lighter tone, and rumors of a Snyder Cut of the film quickly began gaining traction online. Several people involved with the production, including Snyder himself, have also publicly discussed the Snyder Cut, which is supposedly more in line with the director's original vision for the film.

Justice League ultimately earned disappointing box office totals and was met with mixed critical reviews. Snyder's aborted sequel to the film, Justice League 2, was originally supposed to release this year.

Next up for the DC Extended Universe is Cathy Yan's Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), slated for release Feb. 7, 2020; Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman 1984, coming June 5 2020; James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, which arrives August 6, 2021; and Matt Reeves' solo Batman film, which will swing into theaters June 25, 2021.

(via CinemaBlend)

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