Zack Snyder's JUSTICE LEAGUE on HBO Max (2021)
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HBO Max will debut the project in 2021 — possibly in a four-hour director's cut or in six TV-style "chapters" — as the helmer gets the gang back together with the original postproduction crew to score, cut and finish visual effects.


It was very early on a Monday morning in November when director Zack Snyder and his wife and producing partner, Deborah Snyder, received a call from their agent. Let’s be a bit more precise. It was 7 a.m. But more importantly, it was the day after the second anniversary of the release of Justice League, the DC superhero movie that Snyder was forced to exit due to a family emergency, which was then substantially reshot and retooled by replacement director Joss Whedon.

 

In the time since its release, something unusual happened: A growing movement of fans, rallied by the hashtag #ReleasetheSnyderCut, had called, agitated, petitioned — even bought a Times Square billboard and chartered a plane to fly a banner over Comic-Con — for Snyder’s version to be released. And on the film's second anniversary, the hashtag had its biggest day ever — with even the movie's stars Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck adding their voices on Twitter.

 

So here, the morning after, was their agent saying that Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures, was acknowledging the movement, and more importantly, was willing to accede. "This is real. People out there want it. Would you guys ever consider doing something?" was what Emmerich was asking.

 

The answer to Emmerich's question, a whispered-about secret for months, was revealed Wednesday when Zack Snyder confirmed, at the end of an online screening of his 2013 movie, Man of Steel, that his version of Justice League was indeed real. And that it will be coming to HBO Max, the WarnerMedia digital streaming service launching May 27, and is expected to debut in 2021. 

 

It is currently unclear what form Snyder’s Justice League will take. Whether it will be released as an almost four-hour director’s cut or split into six "chapters" has yet to be decided, but the Snyders are now in the midst of reassembling much of their original postproduction crew to score, cut, add new and finish old visual effects, and, yes, maybe bring back many of the actors to record additional dialogue.

 

Also unclear is the cost of the endeavor. One source has pegged the effort in the $20 million range, although another source says that figure could be closer to $30 million. The parties involved had no comment.  

 

"It will be an entirely new thing, and, especially talking to those who have seen the released movie, a new experience apart from that movie," Zack Snyder tells The Hollywood Reporter, noting that, to this day, he has not watched the version released in theaters.

 

"You probably saw one-fourth of what I did," the director notes, basing his judgment on what has been shared with him of Whedon's version.

 

Before Emmerich came calling, adds Snyder, "I always thought it was a thing that in 20 years, maybe somebody would do a documentary and I could lend them the footage, little snippets of a cut no one has ever seen." 

 

But, adds Deborah Snyder, "With the new platform and streaming services, you can have something like this. You can’t release something like this theatrically, but you could with a streaming service. It’s an opportunity that wasn’t there two years ago, to be honest."

 

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It has taken several years, but director Zack Snyder will finally have his justice — a whole league of it. Today the filmmaker announced Warner Bros. will finally release Snyder’s long-awaited — and long debated — cut of his DC Comics superhero team-up picture Justice League.

 

Snyder revealed the release plans during a Vero online watch party of his 2013 reboot film Man of Steel this morning. The Superman origin tale launched the entire DCEU, as the shared cinematic world of DC Comics characters has been commonly referred to. The director’s full original cut (commonly known as the Snyder Cut) of Justice League arrives on Warner’s new streaming service HBO Max in 2021.

 

Debate about the very existence of the so-called Snyder Cut has raged among fans and journalists for the past few years. I myself originally doubted the existence of a cut with more than roughly 75-80% completion, and it wasn’t until last year that I had seen and heard enough proof to know that yes, the Snyder Cut existed in near-complete form.

 

But from the very start, there were fans who insisted Snyder’s own full vision existed somewhere, and as their numbers grew and their campaign to get Snyder’s cut released became more organized and drew support from stars of the film, the director himself began releasing evidence that an entirely different version of Justice League existed that nobody else had seen yet. Evidence mounted, and once it was clear this cut did exist, the only question left was how long it would take for Warner to release it to the public.

 

You can read my explanation here about why it became obvious the Snyder Cut really existed, why it was inevitable it would be released, and why the arrival of HBO Max was the perfect time to release it.

 

Despite the mounting evidence — including people such as Jason Momoa revealing they personally watched the Snyder Cut, and Snyder himself confirming that yes he has a finished version of his film — a lot of fans and journalists remained skeptical and continued to claim no Snyder Cut existed, and that even if it did there was little to no chance of it being released.

 

On the other hand, those of us who heard whispers from behind the scenes at AT&T, DC, Warner, and in other relevant places knew not only did the Snyder Cut exist, but also that there were tentative signs of contact between the studio and Snyder, and that some sort of agreement could probably be reached.

 

Last week, Heroic Hollywood reported Zack Snyder held private screening of his cut of Justice League for DC execs this spring, and a source told the site, "Something is happening with Snyder's cut of the film, and discussions are currently underway."

 

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They are just blowing this up massively now that the CEO of Warner Brothers had to call Zack Snyder and ask him if he would be open to coming back and working on his cut.

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