Simmons loves to make grand declarations, usually about his own band or himself. But now he has found himself in a war of words with another fellow heavy metal icon after Snyder opened fire on him in a new interview. The Twisted Sister frontman was discussing the current state of rock music when he suddenly turned his attention to the KISS star, who is currently promoting the relaunch of his band’s interrupted End of the Road World Tour.
Twisted Sister remains best known for the 1984 album Stay Hungry, which spawned the timeless hit We’re Not Gonna Take It. They also famously took the metal band look of big hair and make-up to extremes, usually with great humour, although Snyder has rejected being called ‘glam metal’.
Twister Sister completed their own farewell tour in 2016, while Simmons and fellow KISS founding member Paul Stanley have declared that they will retire after the current tour.
Simmons has been very vocal in his assertion that the great era of rock and metal music is over, with no new stars to replace the previous legends.
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Simmons, like many famous musicians, publicly believes that the business model of record companies no longer serves or invests in the rock music community, and singer-songwriter musicians.
In March this year, he told Heavy Consequence: “Rock is dead because if we play the game from 1958 until 1988, which is 30 years, you had Elvis, The Beatles, The Stones, Pink Floyd, and on and on and on. And you can go to the heavy part of it, which is Metallica, Maiden, if you want to put KISS in there, that’s fine. AC/DC, on and on and on. Even U2, Prince, Bowie, Eagles. And then you get to disco stuff, and Madonna, and that stuff, and Motown, of course. And then from 1988 until today, who’s the new Beatles?”
“I’ve heard a reaction of Foo Fighters, one of my favorite bands, but you’re kidding yourself. There’s also the boy bands: NSYNC, One Direction, BTS, and [sarcastically] XYZ, PTA, and good for them that they’ve got success. Don’t kid yourself. As soon as those girls are gonna grow a little bit older, that’s going to go away. It’s like sugar: you taste it, it gives you that little energy boost, and then it’s gone forever and you don’t care.”
Simmons made a heartfelt plea for music fans to go out and support new bands and live shows.
He added: “Rock is dead — you bet your ass it is — not because the talent isn’t there, but because the business model (of streaming music) just doesn’t work, and so that leaves live performances. And I really hope… that people go out to the local clubs and see all the new bands and support new bands…
“It’s not going to affect me. I make a living, but the new bands need the love and attention. Don’t just go see Metallica and Taylor [Swift] or KISS. On the weekends, go to a place that’s got live music. And I don’t mean guys that press a button and do EDM. That’s fine, too. But that guy, if you put an instrument in his hands, wouldn’t have a clue what to do with it — never wrote a song, wouldn’t know what an A minor, A major or a seventh is. You need to support the new generation of talented people who are musicians and writers and so on. Don’t let the robots take away everything.”
Along with these, Bruce Wayne buys Clark Kent’s (Henry Cavill) family farm back for Clark’s mother, while Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) joins Batman to set up the Justice League headquarters.
As well as that, Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) heads back to Atlantis to assume his role, with Mera (Amber Heard) nearby.
All of these moments happen in what is called an epilogue, rather than the end credits sequence of the previous film.
There is also a very short showdown between Batman and The Joker (Jared Leto) which could have perhaps been even more prominent if Zack was given the chance.
If Zack had been still in charge of the final cut of Justice League, it may be the end credits scene would have been that of Lex and Deathstroke sharing in Batman’s true identity, which would have set up for a Batman solo movie starring Ben Affleck.
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Sometimes hopes and dreams do come true. Not only has the Snyder Cut finally been restored and released, it exceeds our wildest expectations. There are no major spoilers here, but some reveals based on the trailers, previous DCEU films and what we know from the comics. Prepare yourselves for a dazzling, dizzying ride that is Snyder’s best film to date, on a par with Watchmen. It explains why actor Ray Fisher was so furious with Whedon and Warner Bros, delivers Black Suit Superman and exposes what a catastrophic botched job the previous theatrical release was.
When he returned to this project, Snyder bullishly swore he would not use any of Whedon’s reshot footage.
Not only does this thankfully mean the new cut removes the sexist and misjudged banter between Wonder Woman and Aquaman, but it also completely excises that painfully naff comedy Russki family trapped in the shack under Steppenwolf’s dome.
Presumably, studio suits felt the film needed more ‘human elements’ for the audience to relate to. What they utterly failed to understand is that we didn’t come here for that. We want epic, stirring waking dreams, like an ancient saga passed down by storytellers by firelight.
Snyder may have ignited another furore with recent comments that Marvel do “action-comedy with a heart” while his DC offers “mythology at an epic level” but I am up for any film that has its main villain deliver a line like “Ready the armada, we will use the old ways.” Instant chills.
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In the ultimate karmic KO, the new release proves that all the best moments from the Whedon Cut were Snyder’s anyway. Gorgeous visuals, dry wit and darker themes that don’t patronise the audience.
What blows the mind is why they junked so much of Snyder’s original designs. His Steppenwolf is a magnificent creature, glittering in rippling metal spikes, compared to Whedon’s cartoon goon. But this Steppenwolf is also textured and flawed, desperate to regain the favour of Darkseid and grovelling when he speaks to Desaad.
His fortress base in Russia is a beautiful twisted and dark baroque creation of blacks and golds under a glowing ruby lattice dome. A far cry from Whedon’s garish purple abomination with those embarrassing psychedelic flowers.
There is no silly nonsense with the idea that Parademons feed on fear leading to Steppenwolf’s ultimate destruction. It was a cop-out that neutered the gathered heroes’ own vengeful natures. His ending here is visceral, violent and would have had cinemas erupting in cheers.
Zack Snyder Justice League review – Superman (Image: WB )
Zack Snyder Justice League review – Steppenwolf (Image: WB)
The visuals are Snyder’s usual darker, muted tones but they are gilded with epic panoramas and exquisite costumes, notably a ravishing array of capes on everyone from the Amazons to Darkseid’s main henchman Desaad.
The restored original score by Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL, is majestically magnificent. Bombastic in all the right places to blast goosebumps into every nook and cranny, it also finds calm catharsis in the quieter, tender character moments.
I’m a fan of Danny Elfman, but Warner Bros’ decision to bring him in with Whedon just demonstrates how misjudged that entire reboot was.
Nervous studio suits with no faith in their filmmaker or audience, somehow decided that Snyder’s DCEU needed a Marvel make-over, but ended up with something more mangled than marvelous in the 2017 release. Marvel and DC on the page and big screen are two different beasts, both wonderful but very distinct in tone and texture.
Zack Snyder Justice League review (Image: WB)
Across four glorious hours, Snyder’s story has room to breathe. It is perfectly paced and divided into seven ‘chapters’ so you have a moment to nip out for a cuppa (or something stronger).
Every action scene is expanded and edited differently from the original – and better for it. In that grandly glorious epic first battle that took place millennia before against Darkseid’s forces, we finally get to see the old Earth gods and Green Lantern better. Who wouldn’t want that?
Furthermore, every single central character and scene benefits from the love and attention lavished on them.
No need for Sadfleck here, Ben Affleck’s Bruce and Batman both thrive here. Indeed, every hero is given greater depth and nuance. Ezra Miller divides opinion as The Flash, but this time around his take on Barry’s manic ticks are humanised by scenes with his father and the introduction of Iris West. Meanwhile, Diana and her mother both reflect on what they have sacrificed.
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Justice League review; Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg (Image: WB)
The Amazons and Atlanteans have added scenes – complete with Amber Heard’s rather odd, thankfully ditched, British accent.
The terrifying moment when Steppenwolf comes for the Themiscyra Mother Box is vastly expanded, layering in greater dimension to the sense of tension, danger and terrible loss of life. It is a masterful exercise in measured intensity that also, like so much elsewhere, weaves in that epic sense of backstory and mythos that Snyder loves.
Elsewhere, Diana explores hidden caves which reveal stunning, beautiful wall paintings. They suggest ancient civilisation and vast, echoing storylines. It’s also painful to realise just how much beautiful work and craftsmanship was thrown away by the previous release.
Henry Cavill’s Superman has always been more nuanced than many give him credit for but he demonstrates the intelligence behind his square jaw and hairy pecs here.
The scene in the Kent farm cornfield perfectly sums up the two versions of the film and how Warner Bros and Whedon fatally underestimated the audience.
In the theatrical cut, Lois asks him blankly what it’s like being brought back to life. “Itchy,” he says, “I mean, honestly, weird, in so many ways.” It’s toe-curlingly adolescent. Then she launches into an explanation of how badly she handled losing him. It’s all tell rather than show, not trusting the actors or the audience.
Snyder’s Cut isn’t just bombast and excess, it also relies on silences and quiet exchanges. The master of ‘more is more’ also knows when to give us less.
Justice League: Ray Fisher as Cyborg (Image: WB)
The biggest winner, though, is Ray Fisher. His feud with Joss Whedon and the powers at Warner Bros is well-documented. Frankly, if even some of that stems from his fury and devastation at how his scenes were hacked, trashed and discarded by Whedon, then I’m with him.
A dreary Cyborg made no impression on me in the theatrical release. The Snyder Cut restores his humanity and his heroism, expands his family dynamic and his inner struggle. He is central to the final scenes and Fisher is allowed to demonstrate that he is a talented actor and not just a grump in a metal suit.
By now, everyone knows that Jared Leto returned to film new Joker scenes. Anyone who has seen the trailer and the previous Snyder films are expecting some exploration of the Superman Knightmare scenario.
I won’t spoil the long, bleakly tantalising end credit scene, but this and some earlier foreshadowing in the film give a fabulous hint into what Snyder’s original plans were for a three-film arc.
Justice League review; Jared Leto Joker (Image: WB )
Justice League review; Jared Leto Joker (Image: WB )
There is also the introduction of General Swanwick’s secret identity as Martian Manhunter – which the actor Harry Lennix has already revealed in interviews.
So many treats for fans, so many rewards for faithfully sticking by Snyder’s vision.
I would like to say that I couldn’t find any flaws with the Snyder Cut, but unfortunately, I have one huge issue with it. For four blissful, blown-away hours I was sat there thinking, for God’s sake why isn’t this being released on the biggest screen they can find?
All that’s left now is for fans to make even more noise so that Warner Bros finally get the message and bring us the next two films.
ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE IS RELEASED ON SKY AND NOW TV (UK), AND HBO MAX (US) ON THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2021.
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The 2017 version of Justice League was cut short when director Snyder was forced to step down due to a personal tragedy. DC Comics and Warner Bros decided to place Marvel director Joss Whedon in his place, who carried out a collection of reshoots and re-edits, creating a two-hour movie which didn’t resemble the final product Snyder had planned out. After Justice League bombed at the box office – earning just over $ 600 million at the box office and claiming a 40 percent on Rotten Tomatoes – sequel plans for the franchise were scrapped.
Initially, Snyder revealed he had planned out a Justice League Part 2 and Part 3 to follow on from the monumental events of the first movie.
He recently the upcoming Zack Snyder’s Justice League continues this plan and finishes open-ended with room for sequels.
The director tly told IGN: “Well, it was meant to be two more movies. It hints, as you would, at a potential other world.
“I’d plant the seeds as I had wanted to of what would come in the later films. That’s in there, but as far as those stories that would be to come – if ever that happened, which it does not look like it would – but I think it’s easy to speculate based on that and we can talk about that for quite a while.”
The director added: “It is a cliffhanger… The movie ends in a massive cliffhanger, yeah.”
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Justice League Part 2: The Snyder Cut brings the superheroes back to the screen (Image: HBO • WARNER BROS)
Justice League Part 2: The team could be getting a second part to the fim (Image: HBO • WARNER BROS)
The release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League stands as a beacon of hope for fans who have been yearning for the DCCU to bolster its narrative and become a direct competitor to Marvel’s Avengers franchise.
But Snyder recently went on the record to confirm that his upcoming revitalised version of the movie will not be considered as the series’ official starting point.
He went on: “I famously said, and it’s true, this is not saying anything, this isn’t controversial… But you know that this film, my Justice League, is not canon, right?
“Canon for Warner Bros is the Joss Whedon version of Justice League, right? That’s, in their mind, that’s canon. And what I’m doing is not. Everything is not. So it’s just interesting, that relationship.
“And I’m fine with it because I feel like the only way that I could have made this film with autonomy was because of that, because of me admitting and agreeing to the fact that it is not canon.”
Ray Fisher reacts to Zack Snyder’s Justice League
In a separate interview, Snyder revealed the future of the series, saying: “The reality is, as far as I know, there’s no interest and/or appetite to do more of these movies from Warner Bros, with me anyway. But I didn’t think making this, finishing this film correctly would ever happen.”
During the initial DC Cinematic Universe (DCCU) plan, the time between Justice League and Justice League Part 2 was supposed to be filled with solo superhero movies.
Ben Affleck was set to write, direct and star in his own movie, The Batman, but later bowed out of playing the Dark Knight. He has since been replaced by Robert Pattinson who will be taking his place in the DCCU next year. Details on whether Pattinson’s Batman will be involved in the official timeline have not been confirmed.
Aquaman (played by Jason Momoa) went ahead with its release in 2018 and was a box office smash hit. Not only did it garner a staggering $ 1.14 billion at the box office, the film also had a sequel green-lit by Warner Bros and a spin-off movie – The Trench – placed in pre-production.
Wonder Woman also saw massive success, with her 2017 solo movie hitting $ 822 million at the box office and its 2020 sequel, Wonder Woman 1984, receiving rave reviews from critics despite a flaccid box office return.
Superman actor Henry Cavill was rumoured to have been dropped from the series after Affleck stepped down, with further reports suggesting he is looking to make a comeback in future films.
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Justice League Part 2: Cyborg star Ray Fisher recently saw the film and gave his reactions (Image: HBO • WARNER BROS)
The Flash receives his solo movie in 2022, with Affleck returning as the Caped Crusader, alongside Michael Keaton as a different version of the character, in a film rumoured to be taking on the Flashpoint Paradox storyline.
This storyline dabbles with the DC Comics multiverse and alternate versions of the legendary heroes. Further details about whether The Flash will directly follow-on from the events of Justice League are currently uncertain.
But if The Flash did continue the story from Justice League, would it refer to Whedon’s film, or Snyder’s new four-hour cut?
Despite Snyder apparently never being able to continue with any more Justice League movies in the canon, he does have the excitement of the fans on his side.
Considering the hype and excitement surrounding the new version of Justice League – and the fact that the film has been left open-ended with room for sequels – it is possible that the movie will do extremely well and prompt Warner Bros’ hand into creating further films.
Cyborg actor Ray Fisher recently revealed on an Instagram Live that he had seen the final version of the movie and praised it heavily.
Screaming into his camera, the actor said: “Just got finished watching that Zack Snyder’s Justice League!
“Yo, y’all, when I tell you… When I tell you this movie is not even a meal… It is a whole feast. It’s like a seven-day feast that just does not end!
“I’m sitting in here in my hotel room in the dark watching this thing, and I’m like: ‘Oh, please don’t stop, please don’t end, please don’t end.’ And I look down and I still got another hour-and-a-half of the movie left!
Fisher went on: “Y’all, oh my gosh! I cannot wait ’til next week so we can start talking about it together, amongst the world.
“I called Zack Snyder, left him a voicemail. I called [screenwriter] Chris Terrio, got him on the line… Five years in the making y’all.
“None of this would be possible without you all… I can’t even tell you.”
Zack Snyder’s Justice League is due for release March 18 on HBO Max in the US, and NOW TV in the UK.
Today it was announced Zack Snyder’s Justice League will be available to watch on Sky Cinema and NOW TV on the same day as American fans. The movie will be released on the streaming services in the UK on Thursday, March 18, 2021. US fans are able to stream the Snyder Cut on HBO Max.
Sky Cinema subscribers will be able to watch Zack Snyder’s Justice League from March 18 on their chosen device.
Similarly, NOW TV subscribers will also be able to watch the return of Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) on their streaming device.
Sky Cinema is available to subscribers for £11 a month, while NOW TV’s Cinema Pass is £11.99 a month.
There is bad news for Amazon Prime subscribers, however.
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At the moment, no plans have been announced for the film to be released for rental on Amazon’s streaming service.
Similarly, no plans have been revealed on whether Amazon Prime Video will have Zack Snyder’s Justice League included in their streaming package.
The release time for the movie has not yet been announced, but it will likely be available at the same time it goes live in America on HBO Max.
At the moment, Justice League is said to be released at midnight in the US. This would make the UK release time either 7am or 8am on March 18.
Zack Snyder’s version of the film retells the story of the Justice League which was released in 2017.
At the time, Snyder directed the film but was forced to step away from the project after a family tragedy.
After Snyder stepped down Marvel director Joss Whedon took the project on and carried out a number of reshoots and edits.
The film was panned by critics and fans alike and garnered a disappointing $ 657.9 million at the box office.
Following huge amounts of public outcry and campaigning, last year Warner Bros and HBO confirmed Snyder would be releasing another version of his movie.
The four hour-long movie will expand on every storyline teased in the original version of Justice League and introduce a few more.
Not only will Superman be revived with a black suit for the first time, he will be teaming up with Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) to battle Darkseid.
Darkseid is DC Comics’ most villainous character, similar to that of Marvel’s Thanos, and controls the hellscape planet called Apokolips.
The film is also cut up into six distinct chapters, each with a unique title.
The six chapter titles are: “Part 1: ‘Don’t count on it, Batman’, Part 2: The Age Of Heroes, Part 3: Beloved Mother, Beloved Son, Part 4: ‘Change Machine’, Part 5: All The King’s Horses and Part 6: ‘Something Darker’.”
However Snyder recently revealed there is an epilogue scene which was not revealed.
He said: “There is an epilogue that’s called ‘A Father Twice Over’ that, well I guess wasn’t released.
“The last part is called ‘Father Twice Over’ and that’s, you know, takes you to the end of the movie. That’s the big epilogue… from there to the very end is 25 minutes, 20 minutes, plus the credits. There’s actually seven parts, yes.”
He also said of the chapters: “The movie’s chock-a-block… None of these chapters don’t have a big gigantic thing in them.”
Zack Snyder’s Justice League will be available on Sky Cinema and NOW TV on March 18, 2021.