Justice League Snyder Cut Release Date
The collective will of ardent franchise fans has been validated once again. After a two-year social media campaign padded with several rumors, we finally have confirmation that a Snyder cut of 2017’s Justice League is being prepared for release.
Director Zack Snyder himself confirmed the existence of the cut last year and nearly a year later, following his May 20 Man of Steel watch party, he finally announced that his version of the DCEU film is headed to HBO Max at some point in 2021. An exact date for the premiere wasn’t announced, likely because the film’s original post-production crew is still being marshaled to carve out the final product.
Snyder Cut tidbits accrued over the past two years indicate it is 214 minutes (a little over three-and-a-half hours) long and features several additional story elements as well as appearances by new characters, including the super-villain Darkseid, played by Ray Porter.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the final product could take the form a “four-hour director’s cut” or a six-chapter miniseries. The publication believes the effort will cost Warner Bros. approximately $20-30 million.
The news comes three years after Zack Snyder had to leave Justice League, well into post-production, in the wake of a family tragedy. What followed were extensive reshoots and rushed edits, including the infamous moustache-gate, as The Avengers director Joss Whedon stepped in to finish the film in time for release. The theatrical cut ended up being perceived as an over-compensation for the backlash against 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and its critically panned dark tone.
Whether Zack Snyder’s Justice League rights that supposed wrong remains to be seen, though the length of the cut might give it a slight advantage, or so the reception of the BvS extended cut would suggest. The “Ultimate Edition” of Dawn of Justice felt a little less incoherent than the original, with additional scenes padding the film with much needed context.