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How Jeffrey Dean Morgan Feels About Zack Snyder’s Justice League

With a runtime that exceeds the four-hour mark, Zack Snyder’s Justice League differs wildly from the 2017 theatrical version of Justice League, which was comprised heavily of footage and scenes that were either reshot, added, or rewritten by Avengers director Joss Whedon. The 2017 cut was very different from what Snyder had originally intended the film to be, and as a result, many fans have taken to regarding the Snyder Cut as the one and only “real” version of the film.

Of course, DC fans weren’t the only ones happy to see the release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League. The fan campaign that ultimately led to the completion of the Snyder Cut was boosted over the years by comments from several Justice League stars who expressed their desire to see the original version of the film released. Snyder himself also appears to be visibly relieved and grateful to have gotten the chance to return to the project — even if it also marks the end of his time in the DCEU once and for all.

It looks like it’s not just DC fans or members of the film’s creative team who were excited to see the updated, four hour marathon.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan shared his reaction to the film on Twitter this past weekend, with the Walking Dead actor adding to the growing pile of online praise for the film by tweeting,

“HELL YES. snydercut congratulations my friend. You did us proud.”

Despite having no role in the film itself, Morgan was one of several notable celebrities who tweeted about it last week. Avengers: Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo also publicly tweeted their excitement and support for the film ahead of its premiere.

Of course, Morgan himself does have some connections to the DC Universe, even if he has no role in the actual film. The actor has a history with Snyder, having appeared as The Comedian in Snyder’s 2009 film adaptation of Watchmen. Morgan also had a small role as Thomas Wayne — the late father of Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne — in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Right now, the actor stars as Negan on AMC’s The Walking Dead and isn’t currently slated to appear in any of Snyder’s upcoming films, but it’s clear that he still feels a strong connection to the filmmaker.

Morgan’s reaction also comes at the same time that many fans are still calling for his presence in the DCEU to be revived in a future DC comics adaptation.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was, admittedly, brief. The actor only appeared as Thomas Wayne in one of the film’s opening flashback scenes, and he hasn’t been seen again in any other DCEU film. But that hasn’t stopped DC comics fans from publicly calling for Morgan to be brought back as Thomas Wayne in a solo Flash film.

Specifically, DC fans have been open about their desire to see Morgan’s take on Thomas Wayne return in a possible adaptation of the Flashpoint storyline from the comics, which saw The Flash arrive in an alternate reality where Thomas Wayne became Batman after watching his son, Bruce, die. Unfortunately, despite the overwhelming fan support for Morgan’s DCEU return, it seems unlikely that the actor will be reprising his role as Thomas Wayne anytime soon.

Instead, Michael Keaton is currently set to return as Batman in director Andy Muschietti’s Flash movie, while Morgan’s time in the DCEU appears to be up. At least, that’s what the actor told last year in response to Keaton’s return, saying,

“Michael Keaton swooped in and took my gig. Naw, I think that’s super cool. Ever since Zack Snyder walked away, my whole kind of bit in that world has walked away with him. However, there’s always a chat going on. So, we’ll see!”

In other words, it looks like Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s screen time in the DCEU may end up being confined to just a few moments. However, it’s clear that he’s not letting that stop him from continuing to show support for Zack Snyder’s work.

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