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Justice League cinematographer hopes for director's cut

Justice League

Story by Jack Foley

FABIAN Wagner, one of the cinematographers on DC’s Justice League movie, has spoken of his hopes for a director’s cut of the movie.

The acclaimed cinematographer was approached personally by Zack Snyder to work on the superhero ensemble and reportedly worked closely with him on the ensuing film.

But when Snyder exited the project in May following a family tragedy, meaning that Joss Whedon had to step in to oversee the re-shoots and post-production, Wagner was unable to participate due to scheduling issues.

As a result, second unit photographer Jean-Philippe Gossart took over as cinematographer for Whedon’s shoot.

The film that resulted was much shorter than Wagner ever imagined, clocking in at a couple of minutes under two hours – making it the shortest DC entry to date.

Justice League has subsequently been panned by the majority of critics and opened to a much lower US box office than anticipated.

Commenting on the current cut and his hopes that Snyder’s fuller vision will one day be seen, Wagner told The Hollywood Reporter: “This one was even shorter than I expected, so there are scenes that aren’t in there. I really hope we get to see a director’s cut, which will give us everything that we shot that didn’t make it in.

“What I love about his [Snyder’s] director’s cuts is they are long, but he takes his time to tell the story. I’ve never watched any of his directors cut and thought ‘This is long.” Whether they are three hours long, or three hours and ten minutes, they always seemed to go quick.”

One of Wagner’s favourite shots was among those that didn’t make the final cut – that of Batman posing atop a building, which did appear in the March teaser trailer.

“There were so many days I came on set and I thought, ‘Wow, I can’t believe I’m shooting Batman, or shooting Superman,” he added.

Wagner is currently working on the final season of Game of Thrones, having previously leant his talents to season five’s Hardhome and season six’s Battle of the Bastards.