Zack Snyder Included His Daughter's Favorite Song in His Cut of Justice League After Her Death
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Zack Snyder's return to the DC Universe with the upcoming Zack Snyder's Justice League on HBO Max is tied to an ode to his daughter Autumn.
The 54-year-old director retired from the film in 2017 after his daughter died by suicide at the age of 20. Joss Whedon took on the film to mixed reviews. But now Snyder has a chance to deliver what he originally intended for the superhero mashup in a four-hour film set to debut on HBO Max on March 18.
This debut will have several personal elements built into the film, including Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," Herbst's favorite song performed by Allison Crowe, a friend who sang it at her funeral. Snyder revealed the inclusion of the song in his new interview with Vanity Fair.
"If you think about catharsis, if I were a potter, I would have made ceramics to find a way through this," says Snyder. "But I'm a filmmaker, so you get this huge movie."
"At the end of the film it says 'For Fall'," he revealed. "Without her it would absolutely not have happened."
The Fall's death was "one such lightning strike at the center of this whole saga," adds Snyder. "And in many ways it has informed everything we've done since then."
The first trailer for the four-hour film debuted earlier this month, teasing a confrontation between Ben Affleck's Batman and Jared Leto's Joker.
After the film was released to mixed reviews in 2017, fans launched a relentless campaign for the film's "Snyder cut". Their offer paid off three years later when Snyder confirmed he was working on his own film editing for HBO Max.
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"I would like to thank HBO Max and Warner Brothers for this brave gesture of supporting artists and realizing their true visions. Special thanks also go to everyone involved in the SnyderCut movement who made this a reality," said Snyder at the time.
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The film features the epic team of DC superheroes: Ben Affleck's Batman, Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill's Superman, Jason Momoa's Aquaman, Ezra Miller's Flash, and Ray Fischer's Cyborg, including Jared Leto's Joker from Suicide Squad.
Zack Snyder's Justice League debuts on HBO Max on March 18.
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