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At four hours long, Zack Snyder's Justice League has a lot more meat on its bones than the 2017 theatrical release of Justice League. Snyder recently spoke with Yahoo Entertainment about some of the differences fans can expect from "The Snyder Cut," one being the addition of a scene between Batman (Ben Affleck) and the Joker (Jared Leto).
"I just felt like I owed it to myself and to the fans to realize that [the Joker] in his interactions with Batman is so central to the mythology of the DC universe," Synder said.
"If this is the last time we're gonna be in the DCU, we better get a Batman [and] Joker scene because they complete each other," he said.
Watch more from Zack Snyder in the video interview above.
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KEVIN POLOWY: I'm sure this is tough to narrow down, but Zack, if you could pick a couple of things, two or three things, what are the elements or the characters or the plot points that you are the most excited to revise or introduce here that we didn't get to see the first time?
ZACK SNYDER: Yeah, I feel like Cyborg, for me, is the heart of the movie, that he's the why of it in a lot of ways. It's his origin story. And I just think that that's a really satisfying piece to see all the way through. And even just Silas's voice over at the end is just so poignant now that you know what he's been through. I also loved being able to put Steppenwolf back to his original design, because he's crazy.
KEVIN POLOWY: And Ray Fisher fully shines in this film. He really does pop. What has been his reaction to putting these pieces back together into this new puzzle?
DEBORAH SNYDER: Yeah, he hasn't even seen it yet.
KEVIN POLOWY: Oh, wow. OK.
DEBORAH SNYDER: So he sees it this week, I believe, yeah.
ZACK SNYDER: I want to see it. I was there.
KEVIN POLOWY: Of course, you guys, they captured new photography. What was the most elaborate sequence you filmed during that time for this version?
ZACK SNYDER: They only shot for three days. So it was really just a little bit with Jared and Ben and then Harry at the very end.
KEVIN POLOWY: What drove the decision to enlist Jared Leto's Joker for this one?
ZACK SNYDER: I just felt like I owed it to myself and to the fans to realize that character and his interaction with Batman is so central to the mythology of the DC Universe, that if this was it, this is the last time we're going to be in the DCU, we better get Batman-Joker scene. They complete each other.
KEVIN POLOWY: Is there any truth to the rumors that you tried to get Ryan Reynolds to play Green Lantern?
ZACK SNYDER: You know, I never reached out to Ryan. I love him. If we were ever going to have a Green Lantern, he would be the second choice, or at least partnering.
KEVIN POLOWY: And the first choice would be?
ZACK SNYDER: Well, I can't really say.
KEVIN POLOWY: Deborah, you've said you've watched the original version Joss Whedon finished with Christopher Nolan. What can you say about that experience and how you guys reacted to it at the time?
DEBORAH SNYDER: Without any judgment on what that film was, I think when you've worked so many years developing these characters and really formulating a vision for this franchise and then you have to leave it and someone takes it over and it's not that vision, it's just a very difficult thing. And I think for Zack and I, everything we work on is so personal. It's not like it's a day job. It's always part of our lives. It's something we talk about.
I think not many people are in that situation where they have to sit down and watch something that you spent so much time on and so many years developing, and then it becomes something else. So it was really a mixture of emotions, because at the same time, the actors were people that we wanted to support and we cared about deeply. And so it was just a whole mixed bag of emotions at the time.
KEVIN POLOWY: You have said that you told Zack never to see it, I think both you and Christopher. Zack, have you never had any inkling to watch it? You've never been just morbidly curious at any moment?
ZACK SNYDER: It would be that, wouldn't it, morbid curious. Of course, I'm morbidly curious. But I just feel like, you know, for me, right now, I don't see any reason to see it. I'm sure the fans will construct some sort of version of the movie where it's only shots that aren't in "Justice League" to see if you can sort of get a sense of it. But no, I'm just kidding. But I don't know. But they will do that.