Since the release of Justice League back in 2017, dedicated fans of the DCEU have been more than a little disappointed with the end result. Although director credits were given to Zack Snyder, who previously directed Man of Steel (2013) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) for the franchise, Justice League has notoriously become a symbol of creative meddling by Hollywood executives and the reshoot takeover by Joss Whedon.
For three years, a mobilised group of fans have voiced their dismay for this tampering with the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement, which has seen fundraising for expensive banners at high-profile conventions, such as San Diego Comic Con, as well as raising funds and awareness for suicide prevention. Zack Snyder’s daughter had committed suicide during Justice League’s initial production and was a motivating factor in his dismissal.
Warner Bros. has invested $20-30 million in completing the cut for the new streaming platform.
Now the “Snyder Cut” is officially a real thing, or at least it will be by 2021 when it is released on Warner Bros.’s new streaming service: HBO Max. Zack Snyder’s original vision for the film, which was originally intended to be a two-part epic, will be adapted by Snyder himself for the service. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Zack Snyder has stated that “[i]t will be an entirely new thing, and, especially talking to those who have seen the released movie, a new experience apart from the movie.”
Bringing back old members of the original production crew to add more score, finish old and new VFX – let alone potentially having actors record new dialogue – Warner Bros. has invested $20-30 million in completing the cut for the new streaming platform.
However, the form of which the “Snyder Cut” of Justice League will take is still uncertain. In the same interview, Snyder has expressed interest in both a four-hour director’s cut and a six-part miniseries done in the style of “chapters.” Nonetheless, Snyder affirms that, for those that have watched the theatrical cut of Justice League, “You probably saw one-fourth of what I did.”
The reality of this development leaves a lot of questions for the future of the industry: How will this affect the DCEU? How will this change Studio-Fan engagement? Will the cut be a worthwhile venture financially?
And more importantly: Who could possibly know?
All will be answered with its release next year!
Last modified: 20th May 2020