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AT&T cancelled the New Gods movie, not Walter Hamada. Thus giving new hope to #RestoreTheSnyderVerse.
When news broke this afternoon that Warner Bros. tossed the New Gods and The Trench movies into the Phantom Zone, fans were shocked and confused.
Even New Gods director Ava DuVernay admitted on Twitter that “I’m upset that the saga of Barda, Scott, Granny, Highfather and The Furies ends this way.”
DuVernay’s public reaction was much stronger than what we’d usually hear when a project is shelved.
While DuVernay’s response was certainly diplomatic, it’s easy to see the wounded emotions rising to the surface.
“Disappointed” is an often used reply; “upset” is surprisingly candid.
Cancellation of New Gods Offers New Hope to Restore the Snyderverse
Tom, I loved writing NEW GODS with you. I’m upset that the saga of Barda, Scott, Granny, Highfather and The Furies ends this way. Diving into Kirby’s Fourth World was the adventure of a lifetime. That can’t be taken away. Thank you for your friendship. And remember… #DarkseidIs pic.twitter.com/XyyIjcB8Wv
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) April 1, 2021
Read between the lines and compare what she said to the official PR damage control from Warner Bros. and DC.
“The projects will remain in their skillful hands if they were to move forward in the future”
That’s the corporate line.
However, DuVernay said it “ends.”
It doesn’t sound as if DuVernay is optimistic at all, does it?
Of course, Warner Bros. is trying to soften the blow on social media and give DC followers a bit of false hope.
They want fans on Twitter especially to stop voicing their opinion. Or as Warner Bros. puts it: complaining.
Spoiler alert: They’re not going to.
So what really happened?
New Gods Cancelled. Gives Hope To #RestoreTheSnyderVerse. But What Really Happened?
I’m told that the decision to end development on both properties originated from high above, specifically parent company AT&T.
WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar reportedly was in agreement.
This is not a bad thing and this does not make him a villain. Read on.
When the original report mentioned that “there was a desire to have space between the latter and any new appearances” regarding Darkseid, I quickly became suspicious and started to dig.
If the New Gods movie had continued, it most likely wouldn’t be released for another two or three years.
After all, the final draft of the script isn’t even complete yet.
So why would that be an issue?
That’s a long time to avoid any confusion.
The Snyder Cut is on TV, not in the cinemas, as well.
Furthermore, DC Films has no problems with a TV Flash (Grant Gustin) and a movie Flash (Ezra Miller) running simultaneously so what’s the problem with Darkseid in the same position?
Isn’t this a multiverse?
In addition, wouldn’t DC Films have thought about this last year when The Snyder Cut was announced?
I spoke with several insiders this evening, and they were unanimous in what the real reasons were.
Cancellation of New Gods Offers New Hope to #RestoreTheSnyderverse
Apparently, the success of The Snyder Cut has AT&T seriously considering their options regarding Zack Snyder.
They have now left the door open for Snyder possibly continuing Darkseid’s story without making other filmmakers wait for an answer, which could take months.
There’s a chance that the Snyderverse might not be dead for theatrical releases after all.
Sources explained that AT&T wants to keep the doors open for a cinematic Snyderverse should this momentum keep up.
They’re looking at the numbers with great interest.
Darkseid in New Gods won’t be Zack Snyder’s New Gods.
He has his own tale to tell in future Justice League sequels.
The huge popularity of The Snyder Cut has taken Warner Bros. by surprise.
A source close to me said:
They didn’t want to pursue it to begin with, as you already know. They didn’t like the box-office returns of Dawn of Justice and Justice League and falsely believed The Snyder Cut following was exaggerated. Now they’re like deer in the headlights with how well it’s performing on HBO Max, on social media.
AT&T, on the other hand, saw its potential from the beginning, which is why they greenlit The Snyder Cut.
But while the sun is breaking through black clouds, it’s not daylight as of yet.
I do caution not to get too excited as Warner Bros. changes like Seattle weather.
Nevertheless, faith, Alfred, faith.