Exclusive: Connie Nielsen on Justice League Snyder Cut & More!
As momentum builds for Warner Bros. to release the Synder Cut of Justice League (including a book about the fabled version of the film by Sean O’Connell as well as today’s April Fools’ Honest Trailer), ComingSoon.net got to have an exclusive chat with Queen Hippolyta herself Connie Nielsen about a scene from Zack Snyder’s version of the film that was cut for release.
Check back soon for our full interview with Nielsen for the ocean-set sci-fi horror flick Sea Fever, which arrives on VOD April 10!
“My absolute favorite stunt was cut from the film, and I’m having a hard time accepting that, it was so cool,” Nielsen told us, confirming that all her scenes were directed by Zack Snyder. “I got to run up a wall and pivot in the air, and as I pivoted on my way down I speared one of the monsters. I literally did that for weeks to get that, and then they didn’t put it in. They took it out, they put it in, they took it out… It’s my great regret because I love stunts, I love being a badass in a film like that, and then sorry that the audience didn’t get to see that part of the cool Amazon fighting techniques, because they were very cool!”
Nielsen was also excited to reprise the role of Hippolyta a third time in the forthcoming Wonder Woman 1984.
“It was a little bit like a homecoming,” Nielsen said of the sequel, which is set to bow on August 14, 2020. “We got to see everybody, hang out. It was very cute. All the girls got to get together and it was very cool.” She was tight-lipped when it came to the subject of an Amazonian spin-off movie teased by director Patty Jenkins, only saying that she and the other cast “would love to, we would love to do that.”
Right before we interviewed Nielsen the news broke that Christopher Meloni would be reprising his role from Law & Order: SVU in a new spinoff show. We asked Nielsen if she would be interested in ever reprising her role as Detective Dani Beck, which she played over a six-episode arc in 2006 to fill in for a pregnant Mariska Hargitay.
“Are you kidding me? NO!” Nielsen laughed emphatically. “Because literally there are these people who are obsessive about hating her! I’m like, ‘Chill the f*ck out, people!’ There are people who are professional Dani Beck haters and I never knew even that they existed until they went on Instagram and started tagging me on there. I was like, ‘WHAT?’ There are people who hate this character I did 10 years ago while Mariska Hargitay was giving birth. They should be grateful to me, I allowed her the time to be home with her baby. (laughs) Instead some asshole is like, ‘We hate Dani Beck.’ Well f*ck you too! I cannot believe it. ‘Law & Order’ is not for sissies, let me tell you. They have a shooting schedule that is mindboggling.”
Fueled by the hero’s restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Justice League sees Bruce Wayne enlist the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League, which features a screenplay from Chris Terrio from a story by Snyder and Terrio, stars Affleck as Batman, Cavill as Superman, Gadot as Wonder Woman, Momoa as Aquaman, Miller as The Flash, Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, with J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane.
Released in November 2017, the film earned mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike, praising the action and performances from Gadot and Miller while criticizing every other aspect of the film, namely the inconsistent tone that many fault Joss Whedon (The Avengers) for after taking over directorial duties from Zack Snyder. With a large budget of $300 million and a break-even point of $750 million, the film is considered a box office bomb having grossed only $658 million.