Zack Snyder, the director of Justice League, has never seen Justice League. After a demoralizing battle with Warner Bros. and the devastating death of his daughter, he cut ties with the superhero epic—leaving room for Joss Whedon to remake the film significantly with extensive rewrites and hurried reshoots, just as the studio demanded.
Rather than fade away, the demand for the elusive #SnyderCut gained momentum over the years. Now, Snyder’s nearly four-hour version is due to drop on HBO Max in March—and he’s finally telling V.F. the inside story of why he quit, and why he’s returned to complete his own cut. “When you think about the catharsis of it, if I was a potter, I would’ve made some pottery to look for some way through this,” he says. “But I’m a filmmaker, so you get this giant movie