Netflix says the new release of Army of the Dead already is the Snyder Cut, so don’t even bother campaigning for a director’s cut release. After Snyder’s original version of the superhero movie Justice League drastically changed by new director Joss Whedon, fans lobbied for Warner Bros. to have the director release the famous “Snyder Cut” of the movie. In April, the extended four-hour cut premiered on HBO Max, proving the campaign’s success.
This week, Snyder’s latest movie Army of the Dead premiered on Netflix. Many of its fans enjoy the film, which follows a group of mercenaries who rob Vegas during a zombie outbreak. As the movie is filled with some really satisfying moments, many fans may want more, and given the Snyder Cut situation, some will wonder if there’s a four hour hiatus from Army of the Dead also in the Netflix library. However, a recent tweet from Netflix says this is not the case.
“I hope you all love Army of the Dead! Oh, and before you ask… this IS The Snyder Cut, ”reads the tweet.
Despite what Netflix says here, there are some scenes that were shot for Army of the Dead that were not featured in the movie. During production, comedian Chris D’Elia had been cast in a key role and shot several scenes. A look at his character was even revealed in a cast photo posted from the set by Dave Bautista in 2019. Weeks later, D’Elia was charged with sexual misconduct, resulting in his dismissal from the project.
Tig Notaro was then hired to replace D’Elia, but this posed a problem as much of the film had already been shot. Get her in Army of the Dead required to digitally insert her into some scenes with CGI and to use movie partners for limited reshoots for other scenes. Due to security protocols, Notaro did not even meet protagonist Dave Bautista during the entire production.
“I’ve never met Dave Bautista in my life,” Notaro continued The late show this week. “I’ve never met the guy … it’s on green screen all the time.”
There doesn’t seem to be any indication of extra deleted scenes besides the one with D’Elia, so we don’t see much movement for Netflix to release cutscenes Army of the Dead. Given the seriousness of the allegations against D’Elia, it’s probably best for everyone to leave it alone and enjoy what’s been released. Fortunately, the response from Snyder’s fans was largely positive, with many particularly enjoying Bautista’s performance.
Army of the Dead is directed by Zack Snyder, who co-wrote the script with Shay Hatten and Joby Harold. It premiered on Netflix on May 21 and is now available to stream on the streaming service. With a running time of 148 minutes, there’s plenty of zombie slaughter to enjoy, and as Netflix has suggested, you don’t even have to ask the streamer for the movie’s “Snyder Cut”. The original tweet was posted on Twitter by Netflix.
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