The controversy over Warner Bros.’ handling of Snyder’s films dates back to before the release of “Justice League” in 2017, when a family tragedy prompted the filmmaker to step back from his directorial duties on the film. Joss Whedon, who won acclaim for directing and co-writing the Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbusters “The Avengers” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” was brought in by DC the finish the film.
However, the transition was anything but smooth. Whedon overhauled what Snyder shot for “Justice League,” and it was derided by critics on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes with a 37 percent “rotten” rating. Fans were a bit kinder, though, with a 67 percent favorable Audience Score. Ultimately, the 1 hour and 59 minute film was no match for “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” that was released exclusively on Warner Bros.’ streaming service HBO Max (now Max) four years later. Clocking in at supersized 4 hour and 2 minutes, the filmmaker’s reworked version of the epic yielded a “fresh” 72 percent rating and a stellar 93 percent audience score making it Snyder’s best DCEU movie on Rotten Tomatoes.
And while “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” remains as a streaming title on Max for the time being, it hasn’t stopped X users from blasting Netflix for failing to get the title for its platform. X user @bestreviewevr simply reacted to the streaming giant’s post by writing, “Is Netflix trying to lose [subscribers]?”