Zack Snyder would “absolutely” continue his DC Universe if Netflix ever got the rights

TOKYO, JAPAN - DECEMBER 11: Director Zack Snyder attends the "Rebel Moon: Part One - A Child of Fire" Press Conference on December 11, 2023 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)
TOKYO, JAPAN - DECEMBER 11: Director Zack Snyder attends the "Rebel Moon: Part One - A Child of Fire" Press Conference on December 11, 2023 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage) /

What if we lived in a world where the Snyderbros and the rest of the DCEU fans, like those optimistic about James Gunn’s new direction, could live in harmony?

According to a new interview that Zack Snyder gave to CulturaOcio, he would “absolutely” continue making movies if Netflix were to own the rights to the DC characters used in Snyder’s extended universe.

Here’s the clip:

What are the odds of Netflix getting the ‘Snyderverse’ rights?

As nice as that answer is, it’s hard to know if it could actually happen or not, though the odds are much more favorable than they used to be. For starters, WB has already licensed the majority of its DCEU library to Netflix and several of Snyder’s DC films, including Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, are currently streaming on the platform.

Plus, WB also just announced it was licensing its DC library to the Fox-owned FAST service Tubi, so clearly WB is open to sharing its content to get out of debt. Is it possible that a split DC universe could be on the horizon?

If you’ve spent any significant time on social media then the odds are that you’ve seen the many hashtags pleading with Warner Bros. to #RestoreTheSnyderVerse. The campaign really got up and running when WB rereleased Snyder’s version of Justice League, referred to as the Snyder Cut, on HBO Max in 2021.

Since then, Snyder’s devoted fans have continued to trend the hashtag hoping for a world where the director gets to see his version of the DC Universe continue. Despite this, two weeks ago, Snyder did confirm that the “Snyderverse” was dead, though his recent statement regarding Netflix indicates that it could be revived if the right conditions are met (i.e. Netflix gaining the rights or sharing them with WB).

I still find it kind of hard to believe that would pan out unless Gunn’s upcoming movies, like Superman: Legacy, do really poorly at the box office, which might motivate WB to take more drastic measures.

James Gunn’s thoughts on Netflix buying the Snyderverse

Funnily enough, Gunn has actually chimed in on the possibility of Netflix securing the rights to the “Snyderverse,” calling the #SellTheSnyderverseToNetflix hashtag “the wackiest” ever.

Written in February 2023, Gunn wrote that Snyder hadn’t “expressed any interest” in continuing the Snyderverse and neither had Netflix. Well, things seem to have shifted considerably since then, so who knows what the future holds.

I mean, Sony and Disney do technically share different portions of the Marvel universe, could WB and Netflix get a similar deal with DC? It would probably be trickier since I doubt WB would want two versions of Superman running around. But it would be interesting if Netflix could get the rights to continue a Snyderverse-specific realm where Henry Cavill is still Superman, for instance.

Though whether or not Cavill would return to play the role is hard to say considering the push and pull he’s gone through, what with him getting the green light to say he was coming back, only to then reveal that Gunn and Peter Safran are moving in a different direction.

Snyder is currently promoting his newest Netflix film Rebel Moon, the first part of which will be released on December 21. Part Two is scheduled for an April 19, 2024 premiere.

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