It’s official: The fabled ‘Snyder Cut’ of the 2017 superhero movie Justice League will be released on HBO Max sometime in 2021.
It looks like the #ReleaseTheSynderCut campaign has paid off. Director Zack Snyder made the announcement on a live Q&A on Wednesday (May 20), following a virtual screening of his Superman movie Man of Steel.
For those who didn’t receive the memo, ‘Synder Cut’ is the original edit of Justice League Snyder was working on he left the project, following his 20-year-old daughter Autumn’s suicide. Enter The Avengers helmer Joss Whedon to wrap things up.
As we all know, reception to the Whedon-supervised rendition was mixed. Its under-performance prompted fans to wonder: What if Snyder gets to finish what he started?
Since then, they've been clamouring for the Snyder’s original cut. In November 2019, Snyder and his actors — Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Ben Affleck (Batman), Jason Momoa (Aquaman) — joined the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement.
A day before Snyder’s announcement, Momoa appeared on a video calling for the release of the movie. “Release the f***ing Synder Cut,” he says. “What are we waiting for? (Talk about timing: he probably knew something was on the horizon. Why else would he put out that video?)
Okay, now that’s settled. Next question: HBO Max is launching in the US on May 27, so when will it arrive here? (Hey, Disney+, we’re waiting for you too.) That's another story for another time.
Meanwhile, here’s how the Justice League cast reacted to the ‘Snyder Cut’ release.
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Just had a little chat with Zack Snyder after a man of steel watch party. Ladies and Gents, it finally happened. The Snyder cut will be out next year! Now, I know there have been two camps over the whole Snyder Cut thing and whether it will ever happen for a while. Just remember, we all get to have more Justice League now, it's a win win. So, be nice to each other ;). Big congratulations to you, Mr Snyder! #ReleaseTheSnyderCut #ZackSnyder #JL
Warner Bros is reportedly spending US$20 million on the highly anticipated recut which will feature new music and special effects. As per Hollywood Reporter, it’s unclear how Justice League 2.0 will be shown when it premieres, either as a four-hour director’s cut or in six TV-style “chapters”.