Making movies is a long process, one that requires as much time in the editing room as any other part of production. There are many examples throughout Hollywood history where much more time should have been spent in the cutting room, while conversely there are many examples where too much time was spent.
Studios have also often interfered with the film before the process is complete. It is not a new thing, with studio mandated changes to productions going back to the early days of the industry.
Why then is the upcoming release of the Snyder Cut of Justice League getting such traction? The production was infamously troubled, with much of the film being recut and reshot under Joss Whedon after Snyder's tragic departure.
While the film released to theatres was very far from a success, it could still be viewed as something of a triumph over adversity. The fact that it managed to be released at all is an achievement.
What are some other examples of films that have either been released through meddling, or revisited by the director in the years after initial release? Also, what qualifies to be considered alongside the Snyder Cut in the pantheon of Hollywood films? There is no guarantee that any film, once revisited, will either improve upon or give any meaningful expansion to the original - here are some that tried.
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