While it remains to be seen just how the general public will respond to Zack Snyder’s Justice League, among some hardcore DC fans this is the most-anticipated release of the year, if not the decade.
This unusual project was willed into existence by a tireless campaign that operated on social media over a period of three years, originating from the backlash to 2017’s critically panned crossover movie.
Snyder left the project midway through filming due to a family tragedy and was replaced by Joss Whedon, who carried out reshoots which are thought to have fundamentally altered the initial vision.
Later this month, we’ll finally find out exactly what Snyder’s version of the film would have looked like, with the director returning for an extensive re-edit that even includes some brand new footage.
It has been confirmed that Jared Leto’s Joker will share a scene with Ben Affleck’s Batman, while Vanity Fair is now reporting that the four-hour epic will end with a top secret cameo that should send the fanbase wild.
There are no clues yet on who exactly that could be, but one theory that Ryan Reynolds could be returning to the role of Green Lantern has been debunked by the man himself.
American fans will be able to watch Zack Snyder’s Justice League as part of their HBO Max subscription, while those outside of the US will find the title available as a digital download or on-demand title.
Warner Bros is yet to confirm exactly where the film will be available, but its previous pandemic home releases (The Witches and Wonder Woman 1984) were distributed via Amazon, Google Play and iTunes.
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?
It’s now been confirmed that the film will be available from 18th March 2021 in almost every country, with an HBO Max release planned for the US and a PVOD launch for all other territories.
It seems likely that the film will be available on all major on-demand streaming outlets, such as Google Play, iTunes and Amazon Prime Video, but specific details are yet to be confirmed by Warner Bros.
It will come as a relief to fans that The Snyder Cut is getting a near-simultaneous global release, as many have been waiting a very long time to get their hands on the unique experiment.
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 title for HBO Max, the new streaming service set up by Warner Brothers and HBO that launched in the US last year.
In other words, US fans will need to subscribe to HBO Max to watch the Snyder cut of Justice League, but movie buffs living elsewhere will have more viewing options at their disposal.
Can I watch the Snyder cut in the UK?
CONFIRMED: UK fans will be able to watch Zack Snyder’s Justice League from the same day as our friends across the pond, but will likely be asked to pay a premium fee similar to recent pandemic home releases (The Witches, Wonder Woman 1984, Trolls: World Tour etc).
Warner Bros will confirm in the coming weeks where exactly DC fans will be able to watch The Snyder Cut, but it’s likely that all the major PVOD outlets will be hosting the title.
What is the Snyder Cut of Justice League?
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.
He's coming… to HBO Max pic.twitter.com/tthWwAqzWp— Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) May 27, 2020
At the DC FanDome Panel, Zack Snyder teased his cut of the Justice League, telling fans that he was excited to develop Cyborg’s character, played by Ray Fisher, more in this version.
“Cyborg is the heart of the movie, Cyborg is the thing that I think in the end holds the team together in a lot of ways, and I’m excited for fans to see just how that is realised on camera,” he said.
It will likely be the last DC film Fisher appears in for some time, with the actor having announced that he will not work with DC Entertainment President Walter Hamada again.
Meanwhile, Snyder also said that fans will get to see a bit more of The Flash’s emotional arc in his cut and his powers, adding: “You’re going to see something of Flash in this film that I don’t think you’ve ever seen before, something that has to do with his abilities which you know he’s a quantum character and he interacts with time and space.”
In January 2021, images were revealed which teased redesigned looks for Steppenwolf and Darkseid played by Ciaran Hinds and Ray Porter respectively, while later that month Harry Lennix confirmed that he would be playing Martian Manhunter in the film.
Then in February fans were treated to a look at Knightmare Batman, with a still that came from 2020 reshoots, while later social media was abuzz with a first-look image of Jared Leto’s cameo as the joker in the film.
Also in February, Snyder revealed what he had hoped to eventually achieve with his DC films, telling Vanity Fair, “I’d always wanted to explore the death of Robin. And if there ever was going to be a next movie, which, of course, there probably won’t be, I wanted to do a thing wherein flashbacks we learn how Robin died, how Joker killed him and burned down Wayne Manor, and that whole thing that happened between he and Bruce.”
Although, according to producer Deborah Snyder, the recut version of Justice League will consist largely of what was already shot prior to Zack’s departure from the original film, telling LightCast Podcast that they “literally shot one [new] scene”.
Is there a trailer for The Snyder Cut?
Yes, there have been a few Snyder Cut trailer’s with the latest arriving in February 2021 – and it’s fair to say that it isn’t holding back on the indulgence. Check it out below:
Earlier, Zack Snyder’s panel at DC FanDome had given fans the trailer they’d been waiting for, and seemed to re-focus on Cyborg and The Flash.
You can see the trailer below:
Previously, 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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