Zack Snyder says, "It Will Be an Entirely New Thing."
The much-anticipated, unreleased iteration of the 2017 superhero movie 'Justice League' will finally appear before the audience at Warner Media's HBO Limit.
HBO Max will premiere the film in 2021—possibly in a four-hour director's cut or in six TV-style "chapters"—as the helmer gets the gang back together for the initial post-production team to score, edit and finish special effects.
Director Zack Snyder broke the news during a live Q&A following a simulated screening of his Superman film 'Man of Steel' (2013), led by The Witcher star Henry Cavill.
Snyder completed much of his project on the Justice League in 2016, but withdrew from post-production in the wake of a family tragedy. Warner Bros. brought 'The Avengers' director Joss Whedon to finish the work, and the contrasting personalities of both men lead several viewers to conclude Snyder had imagined a far darker approach to the story.
Speaking of the Snyder Cut, the director told The Hollywood Reporter: "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."
Snyder continued, "You probably saw one-fourth of what I did. 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."
The film, budgeted at $300 million, collected more than $650 million globally and did not succeed with critics, sitting at 40% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. The DC conglomeration was generally viewed as a failure in contrast to the Marvel Studios juggernaut which contributed to an artistic shift away from a closely integrated film world in favour of a far more loosely arranged set of comic book adaptations.
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#ReleaseTheSnyderCut became a huge grassroots rallying cry — an illustration of how fandom can overtake the brand amid the studio's attempts to regulate it, particularly online. Then, in November 2019, 'Wonder Woman' actress Gal Gadot unleashed an overdrive push by tweeting the slogan with a grayscale still in the 'Justice League,' accompanied by Affleck and Snyder himself — sending viewers to a twitter-fed hysteria. Also Aquaman, Jason Momoa, asked for a darker sequel to be release as on May 19, 2020.
Snyder himself acknowledged his version of the film existed, but it was Warner Bros's responsibility to announce it. While the Snyder cut proposals never came into focus theatrically, its value for HBO Max is pretty obvious.