Zack Snyder may have kept Superman’s mustache out of his cut of Justice League, but that’s only because he let Jared Leto’s Joker wear the ferret this time. And honestly, it is glorious. No one knows how to get fans talking quite like Zack Snyder, and the “Mustache Cut” of the Snyder Cut is sure to have fans buzzing.
Looper posted a hysterical video for April Fools Day of a horrifically hairy Jared Leto waxing poetic about ideas that probably mean nothing but sound like something. Typical Snyder bombast made more mesmerizing by a gorgeous crumb-catcher. You can check out the “Mustache Cut” of Zack Snyder’s Justice League below:
While this is indeed hilarious, it also rings a bit too true for comfort. Zack Snyder’s Justice League has enjoyed an enormously positive reception from fans and continues to crush it numbers-wise. But sadly, it has also inspired fans to use petty outrage to get what they want, encouraging the appalling existence of dumb hashtags and angrily signed petitions. The Pepe Le Pew controversy is a perfect example of this. It is an awful way to build a brand, and it has already set a dangerous precedent. What will the entitled feel like campaigning for next?
Jared Leto first appeared as the Joker in 2016’s Suicide Squad, but did not show up in Joss Whedon’s awful theatrical cut of Justice League when it was released in 2017. He briefly appears in the Knightmarish epilogue of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, but does not do much besides say bombastic things and rock his new tat-free look. He did make it into the movie’s promotional material, which led some to believe that Warner Bros. was hinting at a larger role for the character. But I would much prefer a shorter, funnier “Mustache Cut” to pretty much anything Zack Snyder has produced so far.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League is not a great movie by any stretch, but it is leagues better than Whedon’s dumpster fire of a film. And the “Mustache Cut” is even better. The fact that Snyder’s version of the movie happened at all is amazing and should be celebrated, but again, it sets a precedent that may be harmful.
Another example of this? Some fans are channeling their energy into review bombing other movies and antagonizing people who like things that aren’t Justice League. That is absolutely ridiculous, and it just reinforces the notion that these people should not get their petitioned-for cuts. Just my two cents. Take them as you will.
Others, though, are taking a lighter, more positive approach, and for that we are grateful to the folks over at Looper for their ingenuity and sense of humor. As far as April Fools jokes go, this one may be one of our new favorites. Let’s get a petition going to have them go back for more reshoots!
Does Jared Leto rock the stache or what? If HBO Max had released this as the actual epilogue to the Snyder Cut for Justice League, I would have lost my mind. In the best way.