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Justice League cinematographer would like to see a director's cut

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Nov 21, 2017

Remember that Zack Snyder director's cut of Justice League that a large number of fans are petitioning to see? The movie's cinematographer would like to get a look at it too.

Fabian Wagner was the director of photography under Snyder on the original shoot for Justice League, but unfortunately when Joss Whedon stepped in to direct reshoots on the film after Snyder bowed out due to a family tragedy, Wagner was unable to return to help out due to scheduling conflicts (2nd unit photographer Jean-Philippe Gossart took over as cinematographer for Whedon's shoot).

With the film now running a tight two hours and a lot of Snyder's footage supposedly jettisoned during the post-production process, Wagner told the Hollywood Reporter that he'd like to see an edit of the movie that Snyder originally envisioned:

"This one was even shorter than I expected, so there are scenes that aren't in there. I really hope we get to see a director's cut, which will give us everything that we shot that didn't make it in. What I love about his [Snyder's] director's cuts is they are long, but he takes his time to tell the story. I've never watched any of his directors cut and thought 'This is long." Whether they are three hours long, or three hours and ten minutes, they always seemed to go quick."

After the lengthy Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, there is a school of thought that suggest the slimmed-down two-hour running time for Justice League isn't a bad thing. On the other hand, a lot of the criticism aimed at the film focuses on what seems to be a haphazard construction necessitated by the studio-mandated 120-minute length.

But as we've pointed out earlier, there's a good chance that a director's cut of the film doesn't exist at all, since Snyder left relatively early in post-production. And since he's not talking at this point, we don't know whether he put together some sort of rough edit that could theoretically be polished and released as a proper "director's cut."

Meanwhile, Wagner is headed back to work on Game of Thrones, where he's shot a number of episodes such as "Hardhome" and "Battle of the Bastards," but hopes to return to the DC universe at some point: "I really loved the characters, and I loved the tone of it," he says.

Should Warner Bros. cobble together some kind of alternate cut of Justice League when it eventually comes out on home video?