Barbie has a Snyder Cut joke and fans are already angry

Cameron Frew
Margot Robbie as Barbie and Henry Cavill in Zack Snyder's Justice League cut

It may be Barbenheimer week, but the Barbie movie is dropping a bomb on another fandom: Snyder Cut devotees, and the joke has already ruffled some feathers.

In 2008, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight went up against a formidable opposing force at the box office: Mamma Mia. There were no winners or losers on that day; we all won.

Fifteen years on, the director is getting ready for the release of Oppenheimer, a biopic about the creator of the atomic bomb, and facing off against a similar big-screen titan: Greta Gerwig’s Barbie.

While the memes will only intensify as we speed towards their explosive debuts in cinemas, Barbie has its pink reticle aimed at Zack Snyder’s Justice League for a joke that’s likely harmless – but fans are already annoyed.

Snyder Cut fans are already annoyed at Barbie

Rumblings of Barbie featuring a jab at the Snyder Cut emerged in the first reactions to the movie, with one user describing it as having “everything from Snydercut jokes to full-blown dance battles”, and that the joke is more aimed at Warner Bros.

When Gerwig spoke to Nerdist, the interview cited a “provocative statement” where the filmmaker “poked fun” at a particular fandom online, and asked if she was prepared for its impact. “No, not at all,” she said, and when asked if she was scared, she added: “Yes. Well… but… I don’t know.”

Predictably, some of Snyder’s fans have taken it far too personally – and they don’t even know what the joke is. “If you needed any motivation to go see #Oppenheimer and #BoycottWBD at the same time then this is your best chance! F*ck Barbie, go see some real cinema,” one wrote.

“Barbie has been popular for decades, yet they have to find a way to make a dig about Zack Snyder/his fans/his cut out of spite as usual. Stay classy, WB,” another tweeted. “Best thing to do is just ignore it. Clearly trying to get a reaction so they get some free publicity, made that one a bit obvious. No more Barbie mentions from me,” a third wrote.

“Anyways Oppenheimer (a movie made by Zack Snyder’s best friend) is releasing on [June 21], see you in theaters,” a fourth tweeted.

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Cameron is Deputy TV and Movies Editor at Dexerto. He's an action movie aficionado, '80s obsessive, and Oscars enthusiast. He loves Invincible, but he's also a fan of The Boys, the MCU, The Chosen, and much more. You can contact him at