Yes, #ReleasetheSnyderCut has prevailed.
What was once simply looking like a fan dream will become a reality: Zack Snyder‘s cut of Warner Bros’ 2017 DC film Justice League will actually be seeing the light of day. The cut will be released on upcoming streaming service HBO Max – set to launch in the U.S. on May 27 – sometime in 2021. The filmmaker himself announced the news after an online screening of his Superman movie, Man of Steel.
It’s been a longtime coming for Snyder fans and the many that have wanted to see the director’s original vision, which was hacked at and restructured following Snyder’s decision to leave the film (a personal tragedy led Snyder to exit the production). Joss Whedon, director of Marvel’s Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, was brought on to finish it off. The result of all the creative speedhumps was, shall we say, less than spectacular.
Snyder has told THR that his cut of Justice League “will be an entirely new thing.” He says that while he has still yet to see the cut was released in cinemas, he’s heard about the film from many and points out that audiences “probably saw one-fourth of what I did.”
When Snyder left Justice League, he did so with a hard drive containing what was essentially the blueprint of his cut – without any postproduction work, such as visual effects. It’s going to take a bit of work to put it all together before it can hit screens; hence, the wide 2021 date. With a new edit, visual effects, score and additional dialogue among the elements to be tackled, THR’s sources estimate the budget of finalising Snyder’s cut will be around the $US20-30 million range.
The other question that remains: Will it be released as a film, per se? There are whispers that HBO Max may be looking to release the cut in six parts, formed into an episodic structure. Snyder’s original preferred cut was close to four hours in length, but it remains to be see if it becomes longer or shorter once this version is completely finalised for HBO Max.
It will also be interesting to see whether or not the new Justice League gets a theatrical release of some kind. You can imagine even a limited run in cinemas would do quite well, although HBO Max will obviously be using the picture as a big drawcard for sign-ups.
So there you have it! And with Snyder’s Netflix zombie film Army of the Dead lined up for 2021 as well, we have even more reasons for 2020 to just wrap up already.
— Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) May 20, 2020
— HBO Max (@hbomax) May 20, 2020