For Henry Cavill, the idea of going back and releasing Zack Snyder's version of Justice League is a bit like picking up a chunk of Kryptonite: why do it?
Of course, as fanboys all know, the Batman v. Superman director was forced to drop out of last year's big screen assemblage of DC superheroes mid-stream to deal with a family tragedy. Avengers helmer Joss Whedon was brought in to finish the film. And over two months of reshoots that cost Warner Bros. another $25 million, the latter added some major "connective tissue" that even necessitated digitally erasing Superman's stache which Cavill was contractually obliged to maintain for his role in the latest Mission: Impossible.
And the rest — uncanny valley and all — is history. Justice League ended up opening last November to middling reviews on its way to becoming the lowest grossing entry in the DCEU (yes, even less that Suicide Squad, eek).
So naturally, such a disappointing release raised a question among DC diehards: would Justice League had performed any better if moviegoers were treated to Zack Snyder's vision? Despite the fact that the Snyder's singular vision for Batman v Superman ended up with an abysmal 27 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes?
If you ask Cavill, he doesn't need x-ray vision to know the answer.
"I don't know if [a Synder cut] actually exists so the only way I can look at it is as a business model, and I don't know what difference it's going to make," the English actor told Yahoo Movies UK while making the media round to promote Mission: Impossible – Fallout. "There are stories to be told, which need to be told and adjustments that can be made, but that's not going to make a difference."
Cavill added that going back to the Justice League well doesn't make much financial sense for Warners at this stage either.
"I think it might be entertaining, for sure, and go, 'Oh look, now I've scratched that itch,' but it's not going to change anything that I can think of, it's not going to make huge amounts of money all of a sudden for a studio," noted the star. "They're not going to release it into cinemas and so they're not going to suddenly make an extra few hundred million. So it would be interesting to see what the difference is, but I'd rather focus on the future rather than what's been."
A Warner rep told the Wall Street Journal the studio doesn't have any plans to "mention a Snyder cut or to release any alternate versions of Justice League." And a spokeswoman for Snyder said he won't discuss the matter and hasn't even seen Whedon's version in theaters.
Cavill, meanwhile, is still hoping to suit up again as Clark Kent/Superman for Man of Steel 2, though Warner Bros. currently has no plans for a standalone sequel as of yet, let alone another Justice League movie.
The Snyder faithful however aren't giving up however, even going so far as to launch a Change.org petition, which has drawn 178,000 signers, requesting the studio release Snyder's mythical version to home video.
For now it looks like they'll just have to use their imagination.