HBO Max will debut Zack Snyder’s Justice League in 2021, possibly in a four-hour director’s cut or in six TV-style “chapters“. Nearly three years after the director of Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stepped away from Justice League, it’s finally been announced that the Snyder Cut is officially coming.
Following the release of Joss Whedon’s much-maligned theatrical cut of Justice League, fans of the DCEU have been clamouring for the release of the original cut. Up until recently, the existence of such a cut has often been dismissed by moviegoers and film critics, sceptical as to whether Warner Bros. would consider releasing it. Following HBO Max’s recent announcement, we guess it’s safe to say that yes, it does.
Snyder has also announced that he is getting the gang back together with the original postproduction crew to score, cut and finish visual effects. To ensure that Snyder is able to realise his vision, HBO Max has granted Snyder between $20-$30m to finish Justice League the way he intended.
“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 Snyder Cut movement for making this a reality,” Snyder said in a statement.
Snyder completed principal photography for Justice League and several months of post-production before leaving the film in the wake of a family tragedy, with Joss Whedon taking his place for what was assumed to be minor reshoots to Snyder’s original vision. The final product went on to be a D and one of the worst DCEU films ever made.
HBO Max launches in the United States on May 27. The subscription service will encompass existing HBO content, as well as Warner properties like DC Universe films and TV shows such as Seinfeld, Game of Thrones and Rick and Morty.