Zack Snyder’s Justice League Coming to HBO Max in 2021
It’s been nearly three years since Justice League had its theatrical debut and while some were appreciative of the fact that Warner Bros. tried to have the DCEU head in another direction, there were also those who hoped that they would see the true vision of Zack Snyder move forward.
Now, audiences will finally have the chance to see the elusive “Snyder Cut” of Justice League, bringing the director’s true vision to the screen for the first time via HBO Max. While a specific date has yet to be announced for the film’s release, Snyder dropped the information during the Q&A segment of his VERO watch party for Man of Steel (where he was joined by Superman actor himself, Henry Cavill – who said he would be happy to see a version of the film “without the moustache.”).
In a press release, Snyder said, “I want to thank HBO Max and Warner Brothers for this brave gesture of supporting artists and allowing their true visions to be realized. Also a special thank you to all of those involved in the SnyderCut movement for making this a reality.”
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Snyder said that fans had only seen “one-fourth” of the work he’d done based on what was in the theatrical release, and notes that to this day he has still not seen the version of Justice League that was released in theaters back in 2017. Snyder stepped away from the project after his daughter, Autumn, died by suicide. It was at this time that Joss Whedon was brought in for reshoots of the film.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Zack Snyder’s Justice League may be released as a 4-hour director’s cut, or would be split into six parts or “chapters” similar to a mini-series. The cost for the project remains unclear, but various sources have it somewhere between the $20 to $30-million range.
“Thanks to the efforts of a lot people, we’re excited to bring fans this highly anticipated version of Justice League,” said Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “This feels like the right time to share Zack’s story, and HBO Max is the perfect platform for it. We’re glad the creative planets aligned, allowing us to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut.”
Even Justice League cast members like Ray Fisher who portrayed Cyborg in the film were glad to see that Snyder’s version of the film will be released. Fisher posted the following via Twitter:
Already a trending topic in recent weeks (and years past), the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement gained steam once again after HBO Max revealed some of the content coming to the streaming service, which did not include the theatrical version of Justice League, but included the other films in the DCEU line-up. Now, audiences know why. For some, this is news that’s been three long years in the making.
“When Zack and Debbie shared the extraordinary vision of where Zack wanted to take Justice League, my team and our counterparts at Warner Bros. took it as a mission to solve the many issues that stood in the way,” said Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer at HBO Max, President, TNT, TBS and truTV. “Thanks to the partnership at Warner Bros. and the relentless pursuit of the entire WarnerMax team we are able to deliver this incredibly exciting moment for Zack, the fans and HBO Max.”
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