Another Zack Snyder Cut? Sucker Punch Star Reveals Why It Needs To Happen
As a filmmaker, Zack Snyder has a signature style. He loves big, bold visuals and playing with religious iconography. But off-camera, he also doesn’t mind churning out alternate versions of his work. Over the years, Snyder has released a number of director’s cuts to his movies. We’ve seen director’s cuts of Dawn of the Dead, Watchmen, and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, with the most recent being Zack Snyder’s Justice League. More recently, he confirmed that there’s a Snyder Cut of 2011’s Sucker Punch lying around, which is starting to draw interest, and one of his stars has thoughts on why it should see the light of day.
Jamie Chung played the role of Amber in Sucker Punch, and her work in the film arguably helped to boost her star status, which was already rising at that time. The actress has since starred in other notable productions but, based on her recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, she certainly hasn’t forgotten about her work on the Zack Snyder-directed film. When speaking about why she wants to see the alternate cut, Chung explained that it has a great deal to do with the theatrical film’s original rating:
[The theatrical cut] is PG-13, but it feels like such an R-rated movie. And I think that’s one of the reasons why they altered the story. It’s been so long, but there would’ve been a lot more detail. Each scene would’ve been extended by 10 minutes. We shot the hell out of that movie, and it was so fun. My character was the pilot, but I do know that the fighting sequences were much longer. Gosh, it felt like we trained so long for them. That whole experience in itself was six months, so there’s got to be more out there.
It seems that through a director’s cut, Jamie Chung is hoping for a grittier version of Sucker Punch. It’s true that the movie had its fair share of intense moments but, all in all, the theatrical cut fits firmly into that PG-13 mold. Zack Snyder is known to have a few brutal moments in his movies, so it’s certainly possible that a number of Sucker Punch’s were left on the cutting room floor.
Sucker Punch, which Zack Snyder co-wrote with Steve Shibuya, centers on the character of Babydoll, who accidentally kills her sister while protecting her from her abusive stepfather. Framed as mentally unstable and set for a lobotomy, Babydoll is institutionalized but slips into a fantasy world where she imagines she’s the new arrival at a brothel. She and several of the other girls (patients) soon strike up a bond and team up to escape before the scheduled lobotomy.
Jamie Chung isn’t the only Sucker Punch alum who’s campaigning to see the director’s cut, either. Jena Malone, who played Rocket in the film, responded to the news on social media, calling for fans to campaign for this new Snyder Cut following Justice League. You can check out Snyder’s vision for the DC superhero team-up film on HBO Max, which you can sign up for using this link.
There’s no telling whether the fans and stars of the movie will actually get to see an extended cut of Sucker Punch. Things are even more complicated when you consider that the film is a Warner Bros. production and that Zack Snyder and the studio seem to have a somewhat bumpy relationship right now. Still, after what we’ve seen over the past few years with Justice League, anything appears to be possible.