November 17th, 2017 is a day I will remember for a very long time. I, along with my fellow fans, had been waiting to see our favorite Justice League members on the big screen for the first time. And in a way that would show how much these characters meant to a lot of us. However, in May of 2017, we were struck with tragic news regarding the loss of Zack Snyder’s daughter, Autumn Snyder, from suicide.
With the news of Snyder stepping down for obvious reasons, he wrote a Twitter message:
“To support or seek help, please know there are places such as afsp.org and JEDfoundation.org that are doing great work.”
What Happened After
With everything that went on behind the scenes after Snyder stepped down, some fans were displeased with how the final product of Justice League was handled prior to release. Some even felt the film was not Zack Snyder’s true vision, which stems from the recently released ‘behind the scenes’ footage of principal photography. Now typically, superheroes and suicide seldom go hand in hand. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and with the right approach and focus, things can be brought to light in such tragic circumstances. With the release of Justice League on Blu Ray, many fans have taken an opportunity, of sorts, to show support for two causes in one major effort.
For one cause, fans have been making their voices heard they will not purchase the Theatrical Cut of Justice League because they want Snyder’s true vision they have deemed #ReleaseTheSnyderCut. With this, they are making it quite clear they want to support Warner Bros. and the director’s true vision, but are unwilling to support a film they feel was not what was promised to them in the marketing leading up to November 17th. The other cause is in support and the donation of The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, of which Snyder mentioned on the day the news came out about his daughter Autumn.
With the option to purchase Justice League on Blu Ray for the first time on March 13th, 2018, some took that as an opportunity. Fans spent what would have been the cost of the Blu Ray, and donated that same amount to The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.
Take, for example, Twitter user @sci_prog, who first took the time to acknowledge his thoughts on the release of Justice League on Blu Ray yesterday.
“Dear @justiceleaguewb, @WBHomeEnt I have decided not to purchase a copy of #JusticeLeague on BR today but instead put my money to important use by supporting #afsp. I will fully support release of the film if/when it is finally released in future. Sincerly, Mick #JusticePledge<3“.
Something Has Started
Now, other fans have joined in his lead and have made it apparent, they too, will not be purchasing the Blu Ray Release of Justice League. Not until #ReleaseTheSnyderCut comes to fruition. Instead, they will spend what they would have used to buy Justice League and donate it to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. From fans on the other side of the world in China, to stateside, they have shown support for two causes in one. Showing their support for a director that lost his daughter to suicide and, they feel, a director not able to release his true vision of Justice League.
People in the DC Community have even taken notice. Scott McClellan, Co-Founder and Co-Host of Suicidesquadcast.com, joined in Tweeting:
“I really like this idea. It involves being constructive. I’m all in.” and then proceeded with another Tweet “I’m supporting American Foundation for Suicide Prevention! via @DonorDrive. I donated the equivalent amount of how much I would have spent on the Best Buy and Target editions of Justice League.”
With fans across our little blue planet here showing support for a cause that affected Justice League director Zack Snyder, as well as making it clear that they want his vision of the film, it’s great to see them come together and be constructive on the matter. There’s still no guarantee a Snyder Cut will be released but with the donations to AFSP, at least they know they are helping a cause and are still able to show support to Zack.