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The "Snyder Cut" of Justice League will finally arrive on HBO Max in 2021

By Tim Augustin - on 21 May 2020, 4:13pm

The Snyder Cut of Justice League will finally arrive on HBO Max in 2021

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You’ve asked for it, and now you’re finally getting it!

During a livestream on Vero of Man of Steel, director Zack Snyder finally revealed that the long-awaited ‘Snyder Cut’ of Justice League is finally on its way. His director’s cut of the movie will come to HBO Max, HBO’s upcoming streaming service. 

Robert Greenblatt, chairman of Warner Media Entertainment and direct-to-consumer said in a statement:

Since I got here 14 months ago, the chant to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut has been a daily drumbeat in our offices and inboxes. Well, the fans have asked, and we are thrilled to finally deliver. At the end of the day, it really is all about them and we are beyond excited to be able to release Zack’s ultimate vision for this film in 2021. This could never have happened if it weren’t for the hard work and combined efforts of the teams at HBO Max and Warner Bros. Pictures.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Snyder was given a whopping US$20-30 million to assemble the film’s original post-production crew to score, edit and do visual effects work. They also note the possibility of bringing back multiple actors from Justice League to record more lines. 

Reportedly, it hasn’t been decided on whether Snyder’s Justice League cut will take the form of a miniseries with six episodes, or an almost four-hour-long movie. Either way, it’s a huge addition to HBO Max’s upcoming slate of projects - which include a full reunion of the cast of Friends and a potential Green Lantern series.

Justice League had an incredibly troubled production cycle. Snyder directed most of the movie, before stepping down to deal with the tragic death of his daughter. Warner Bros. Pictures then brought in Avengers director Joss Whedon to handle reshoots, after Snyder wanted to bring him on to write additional scenes. The version of Justice League that eventually hit theatres was controversial - seen as a janky mish-mash of Snyder and Whedon’s respective visions for the movie. 

Rumours quickly circulated that Snyder had his own personal cut of the movie, with a much darker and more serious tone than what was released. Fans of the director’s work on Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice campaigned for the release of the full ‘Snyder Cut’ of the movie online, despite its existence never having been confirmed in the first place. 

Personally - I’m not particularly excited for even more of Snyder’s bizzaro DC universe, but more of Henry Cavill’s Superman is fine by me. Even if it’s Snyder’s moody, grumpy and entirely wrong version of the character. Whatever happened to the Man of Tomorrow?

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