Zack Snyder’s Justice League
April 5, 2021 Matt Feury
Editors – David Brenner ACE, Dody Dorn ACE, Carlos Castillón
Zack Snyder’s Justice League editors David Brenner ACE, Dody Dorn ACE and Carlos Castillón joined forces, thought not all at the same time, to tackle one of the most discussed, debated and anticipated recuts in the history of filmmaking. Thanks to incredible social media support from a dedicated fan base, the film found new life on HBO Max. Clocking it at over four hours, the film digs deeper into the back stories of the super heroes of Justice League and employs a new coda to lay the groundwork for a larger “Snyderverse”.
DAVID BRENNER ACE
David Brenner started off his career editing director Oliver Stone’s Talk Radio, The Doors and Born on the Fourth of July (for which he won an Oscar). In more recent years it’s been Zack Snyder at the helm of David’s films. The two collaborated on Men of Steel, 300: Rise of an Empire, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and now, Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
DODY DORN ACE
Although she began her career as a sound editor, Dody Dorn made her transition to picture editing with projects such as the director’s cut for Terminator 2. From there she would go on to edit such notable films as Christopher Nolan’s Memento, Fury and Zack Snyder’s upcoming film, Army of the Dead.
Carlos Castillón has been immersed in the world of big VFX super hero movies for quite some time. He started his editorial journey assisting on films such as Iron Man 2, Cowboys and Aliens, Man of Steel and Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. Without questions it is this extensive background that enabled him to be the lynchpin between the two cuts of Justice League.
Editing Zack Snyder’s Justice League
In our discussion with Zack Snyder’s Justice League editors; David Brenner ACE, Dody Dorn ACE and Carlos Castillón, we talk about:
Whether the epic 4hr film was ever conceived as a series
How adding more material to a film can make it actually feel shorter
The decisions behind using the 1:33 aspect ratio
Keeping Zack’s cut “alive” between films
Using sounds from the broader “Snyderverse” for Justice League