After years of demand marked by #ReleaseTheSnyderCut, devoted fans (including myself) will finally receive the version of the Justice League film that we’ve expected since Zack Snyder began laying down the foundation for his grand vision of a DC Extended Universe with the Superman film, Man of Steel. Snyder broke the news to fans during his watch party for Man of Steel with surprise guest, Henry Cavill.
This new project will debut on HBO Max with current talks of being a four-hour director’s cut or six episodic chapters.
“Thanks to the efforts of a lot of people, we’re excited to bring fans this highly anticipated version of Justice League,” said Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “This feels like the right time to share Zack’s story, and HBO Max is the perfect platform for it. We’re glad the creative planets aligned, allowing us to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut.”
To complete his original vision for what Justice League could have and should have been, an additional $20-30 million dollars will be put towards assembling the original post-production crew to wrap up visual effects for the scenes that never made it to theaters.
“You probably saw one-fourth of what I did,” Snyder said to The Hollywood Reporter.
The original version contained reshoots by Joss Whedon, who took over after Snyder and his producing partner/wife Deborah stepped away from the project in response to the unfortunate and tragic death of their daughter, Autumn. With over 70 percent of a film left to be produced by the Snyder’s and their team, there’s a lot of changes to the overall story that will be introduced.
He's coming… to HBO Max pic.twitter.com/tthWwAqzWp
— Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) May 27, 2020
One of the most defining changes expected will be in the form of the main antagonist shifting from Darkseid’s subordinate Steppenwolf to Lord Darkseid himself. Pitting DC’s finest heroes against the ruler of Apokolips, the New God Darkseid, ups the stakes for this superhero team-up to be a cinematic epic. Other expectations include Superman’s black suit, Martian Manhunter, and hopefully, the introduction of Hal Jordan/Green Lantern.
“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 SnyderCut movement for making this a reality,” said Snyder.