After years of tireless campaigning, DC fans are finally getting their greatest wish as the long-rumoured Zack Snyder cut of Justice League is officially slated for release next year.
Headed to HBO Max, the Snyder Cut will finally reveal the director’s vision for this epic crossover movie featuring Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill and Jason Momoa, which was radically altered when Joss Whedon took charge of the project.
“I’m just really happy that Zack got to realize his vision,” Henry Cavill said in a recent interview. “I think it’s important for a filmmaker and a storyteller to have their intended vision released and shown to the world, and I’m looking forward to seeing it myself. It’s been quite the ordeal.”
Here’s everything we know so far about Zack Snyder’s Justice League (aka The Snyder Cut)…
When is Zack Snyder’s Justice League cut released?
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While an exact date hasn’t been set, the new cut of the movie is expected to arrive in 2021, with Snyder currently reuniting crew to complete special effects, grading and sound work, which will probably be a long process (especially if people have to work from home).
Rumour has it that the film will either be a weighty four-hour cut or split up into a multi-part miniseries, so it’ll probably be worth the wait.
How to watch The Snyder Cut of Justice League
Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League (as opposed to the version reshot and released by Joss Whedon) is set to be an exclusive for HBO Max, the new streaming service set up by Warner Brothers and HBO that launched in the US on 27th May.
In other words, US fans will need to subscribe to HBO Max to watch the Snyder cut of Justice League – though not for a while – while fans elsewhere in the world might have more trouble…
Can I watch the Snyder cut in the UK?
Unfortunately, UK fans may have more trouble getting their hands on the new cut, as it’s not believed HBO Max will be available in that territory.
However, TV shows made by Warner Bros and HBO have often made their way to the UK before – including the Arrowverse superhero TV shows and Game of Thrones – so it seems likely that a deal will be struck to give UK fans a chance to watch the Snyder Cut in 2021.
Most HBO productions are broadcast in the UK via Sky Atlantic and NOW TV, but there has been no confirmation just yet about whether the Snyder Cut will follow suit.
What is the Snyder Cut of Justice League?
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We’ve written about the Snyder Cut before, but essentially the story is this – director Zack Snyder was forced to leave Justice League during filming due to personal tragedy, with Warner Bros hiring Joss Whedon to finish the film and make significant changes.
Whedon completed the film ahead of its release in November 2017, at which point the finished movie underperformed critically and commercially. Soon, a movement sprang up from fans who wanted to see the ‘real’ Justice League which they believed was ready to go, hidden somewhere in Zack Snyder’s possession.
As time went on, the calls for Warner Bros to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut only grew louder. Fans hired a plane to fly a banner with the hashtag over San Diego Comic-Con, while the film’s cast noted their hopes it could be released as well, tweeting their support for the movement on the two-year anniversary of Justice League’s release.
Snyder has long teased the Snyder Cut on social media and now the reason behind that is clear – for a while now, Warner Bros has been planning to make fans’ dreams a reality. Now all fans have to do to see the Snyder cut is wait…
“I can’t really tell you anything aside from the fact that all I know is that HBO Max will be releasing it, I believe, and it’ll be Zack’s final vision for the movie, and I don’t know anything more than that,” Cavill said.
“With ‘Justice League’ when it came, there was a mix of visions and the movie wasn’t well received,” he continued “And then over the subsequent years, there was a big push to see the fabled Snyder Cut. And now that time has come, and I think it’s going to be very enjoyable to watch Zack finally release his version.”
What are the Snyder Cut differences?
According to Snyder, the new cut will be vastly different to the version of Justice League that fans saw in cinemas.
“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 told the Hollywood Reporter. “You probably saw one-fourth of what I did.”
Later, Snyder released an image on social media confirming that fan-favourite villain (and planned Big Bad for the Justice League) Darkseid would appear in his version of the film, suggesting that we could expect some new flashbacks or battles in the finished version.
In other words, this could end up being a VERY different film. Fingers crossed it can actually live up to the hype…
Is there a trailer for The Snyder Cut?
Kind of. HBO Max released this (very) brief sneak peek at the new movie in June 2020, which gives a taste of what the tone will be and how the project picks up where Batman v Superman left off.
The teaser begins with the voice of Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor as he maniacally claims that “the bell’s already been rung,” referring to how Superman’s death has left Earth vulnerable to extraterrestrial threats.
We see some new footage of Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince (aka Wonder Woman), examining an ancient tomb that has an inscription which seems to foretell the coming of Darkseid.
Then, we get a short glimpse at the big bad himself, surrounded by spaceships and fire, but its unclear whether this is his home planet Apokolips (yes, that is how it’s spelt) or an attack somewhere on Earth (some have speculated the Amazonian territory of Themyscira).
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