How Fake Accounts and a Disgruntled Fanbase Restored the Justice League

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How Fake Accounts and a Disgruntled Fanbase Restored the Justice League

Zack Snyder

Zack Snyder
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The validity of the RestoreTheSynderVerse movement and Flash’s Oscar win for “happiest momentRolling Stone released a bombshell report today detailing how fake accounts supported the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut campaign that ruined social media a few years ago and got us hooked an even longer version of justice league.

As hard as it is to believe, a good chunk of the Snyder Cut champions were bots or fake accounts, some of them loud Rolling StoneSnyder helped get into a frenzy between the initial releases of justice league until long after Snyder’s version bowed out on HBO Max. Two reports commissioned by WarnerMedia showed that “at least 13 percent of the accounts that participated in the conversation about the Snyder Cut were determined to be fake.” The norm on Twitter is around three to five percent, so, as the outlet reports, “real Stans have been reinforced by a disproportionate number of fake accounts.”

One report concluded:

After researching online talks about the Snyder Cut of justice league‘s release, specifically the hashtags “ReleaseTheSnyderCut” and “RestoreTheSnyderVerse” on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, [the analysts] noticed an increase in negative activity created by both real and fake authors. One identified community consisted of real and fake authors who circulated negative content about WarnerMedia for failing to restore the SnyderVerse. In addition, three main leaders were identified among the authors scanned on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – one leader on each platform. These leaders received the highest engagement and have many followers, giving them the opportunity to influence public opinion.

But the report is even more damning for Snyder, who Rolling Stone accuses him of actively manipulating the media and arming his fan base against studio executives and journalists. As a source told the outlet, “Zack was like a Lex Luthor wreaking havoc.” Post 2019, when the popularity surrounding the Snyder Cut movement led to your standard series of death threats and memes depicting the decapitated heads of depicting Warner Bros. executives to whom those executives’ families were sent, Snyder continued his fan base. In one instance, he is said to have warned a reporter who had published a story about a flash Casting announcement, he criticized that his fans are “pretty, pretty, pretty rough”.

According to the report, much of Snyder’s anger at Warner Bros. over the release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League was about the producers’ credit originally given to Geoff Johns and Jon Berg. Cyborg actor Ray Fisher previously accused Johns and Berg of enabling director Joss Whedon to the Fisher claimed to have been abusive on the set of justice league. Snyder wanted their names removed from the Snyder edit and after it took too long he told an executive: “Geoff and Jon are reluctant to remove their names from my edit. Now I’m going to destroy them on social media.”

The play also more or less accuses Snyder of paying for Snyder Cut’s publicity stunts, so Times Square Ad (the article says these can cost upwards of $50,000 per day) and a plane flying over Comic Con promoting Synder’s cut. Snyder denied this and most of the claims made in the play. But as one source put it, those stunts were “just more orchestrated bullshit from Zack.”

The whole report is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at a film that just wasn’t meant to be, one that the studio deemed a “complete failure” when the original cut was shown in 2017. But a quote from an anonymous insider in the piece explains why: “$73 million while people were losing their studio jobs on a director’s cut of a movie that has already lost hundreds of millions.”

Read the whole reportwhich includes stolen hard drives, the web of conspiracy around the fake accounts and the war to get Martian Manhunter in the film.

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