The original ending was 'too weird' for the studio.
When it comes to Justice League, the Snyder cut is almost universally acknowledged as a deeper film that allowed for more characterisation and storytelling. Some found it a little too long, but most agree that it had a greater cinematic presence.
And now it looks like we might get to see the director's cut of his 2011 film Sucker Punch.
Sucker Punch is a psychological fantasy film in which the main character, Babydoll (played by Emily Browning), traverses several different realities.
Babydoll is a patient in a psychiatric hospital who imagines alternate existences in order to escape her lived reality. If you're a fan of mindf**k films, it's highly recommended. Although that recommendation comes with the caveat that there's no guarantee you'll know what the hell is going on. But there's still plenty of beautiful action.
Viewers of the film tend to interpret the plot and meaning of the film in their own way, leading to many heated debates.
But the ending of the film is not what the director had in mind. In a recent interview with Letterboxd, Snyder said that Sucker Punch was 'influenced by the movie Frances...about Frances Farmer (who) was this famous actress who was lobotomized and put in a mental institution and raped in there".
The film, Snyder said, was 'very self-reflexive' and 'a comment on where I thought the state of film was' at the time. But the original ending was considered 'too weird' by the film's producers and had to be changed. One wonders, though, why a weird ending seemed so wrong for a film that was intended to be weird.
But we may not have to wait too long to see another Snydercut: 'I've never gotten around to doing the director's cut,' Snyder said. Adding, 'I still plan to at some point.'
He explains his original vision of the ending by saying: 'In the [director's] ending, when Babydoll is in the chair in the basement with Blue (Oscar Isaac) - she's already been lobotomized - when the cop shines the light on her, the set breaks apart and she stands up and she sings a song on stage. She sings: "Ooh, child, things are gonna get easier." Blondie and all the people who have been killed join in and it's the idea that in a weird way, even though she's lobotomized, she's kind of stuck in this infinite loop of euphoric victory.'
'It's weirdly not optimistic and optimistic at the same time,' Snyder explains, which kinda sums up the whole movie.
So there's a good chance that the director's cut of Sucker Punch will help end the fan debate by finally showing an ending that we can all agree on. Of course, if the rest of the film is anything to go by, it's more likely to just open up a whole new discussion. Either way, the chance to finally see the film end the way Snyder intended is one that pretty much everyone who has seen the existing cut will jump at.