DC fans are getting what they want. After years of tweeting, petitioning, and stirring up noise about a long rumored “Snyder Cut” of Justice League, Warner Bros. has finally decided to release director Zack Snyder’s vision of the comic book movie. The Snyder Cut will be released in 2021 on HBO Max.
The Origin of the Snyder Cut
Snyder did not complete his version of Justice League. He left production due to personal tragedy, although rumors swirled about production troubles and his firing. Warner Bros. brought in Joss Whedon (The Avengers) to rewrite and finish the movie. When the comic book movie was released, it underperformed at the box-office and didn’t feel like a Zack Snyder movie at all. Since the movie was released, fans of Snyder and the DC universe started begging for Snyder’s version, which he’s teased many times as an epic cut around four hours long.
How Will They Finish It?
A part of the problem with releasing the Snyder Cut was unfinished visual effects. It’s going to cost between $20-$30 million to finish the new version of Justice League. Snyder got together with the big brass at Warner Bros. and convinced them to bankroll his vision. Producer Debbie Snyder told The Hollywood Reporter about how they decided on HBO Max:
“With the new platform and streaming services, you can have something like this. You can’t release something like this theatrically, but you could with a streaming service. It’s an opportunity that wasn’t there two years ago, to be honest….People thought, ‘It won’t be possible to ramp up, and that maybe this should go on the back burner. But we said, ‘No, this is the right time’ because our visual effects houses that rely on so much are running out of work, so now is the time to be doing this.”
Now, Snyder will have to get the cast to record some new dialogue as well. The cast has all been very supportive of releasing his vision of the movie, so that doesn’t sound like a problem. Then again, there’s a pandemic going on at the moment, so who knows when and how they’ll accomplish the ADR. Plus, Snyder will need additional music for the movie.
What Else to Know
HBO Max may release the extended cut of Justice League as a series of episodes. Snyder pitched Warner Bros. about releasing the movie as six or so episodes. Apparently, a cut of Snyder’s ran around four hours long, so he has the material for a Justice League miniseries.
In a statement, Snyder said:
This return to that pedigree and to let my singular vision of my movie be realized, in this format, in this length, is unprecedented and a brave move…. 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 and Warner Bros. still haven’t fully committed to the miniseries idea, but it’s the plan at the moment from the sound of it.
Good for Zack Snyder
Of course, the Snyder Cut is good news for DC fans, but it’s especially good news for Snyder. He spent years in the DC world and left audiences polarized over his “dark and gritty” portrayal of the comic book world. The debates over Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman just doesn’t stop.
Considering the extended cuts of Snyder’s Watchmen and Batman v Superman and, to an extent, Sucker Punch, made improvements, maybe the Snyder Cut will rise far above the quality of Justice League. That’s most likely considering the quality of what Warner Bros. released. Snyder, who’s currently finishing up his Netflix zombie movie, deserves the chance to finish his cut. More than likely, good or bad, it’s far more captivating than the theatrical cut of Justice League.
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