The Justice League Snyder Cut is real, and it's coming to HBO Max in 4:3 format soon – very soon, in fact, as you'll find out below. As a new version of the 2017 film Justice League, which most people can agree is a film that exists, expectations are kind of all over the place for this.
It's come into existence because Zack Snyder, who left the project during its original run due to personal reasons, wanted to put his version out into the world following an extensive fan campaign. While the original film clocked in at around 2 hours, we're looking at double that for this version.
Given that Justice League was meant to be the great unification of the DC Comics cinematic universe, what we ended up with was significantly less impressive. While the Justice League Snyder Cut might somehow elevate the film into that kind of calibre, we're not really sure what to expect apart from a long running time.
The good news, though, is that with Zack Snyder's Justice League out in the next few weeks, we know a fair bit about it. So, here's what you need to know about Snyder Cut, including its release date, along with a new trailer to check out.
Justice League Snyder Cut release date: very soon on HBO Max
The Justice League Snyder Cut release date is set for March 18, 2021. What's really interesting is that it's being released in 4:3 format instead of 16:9. Sometimes people like to be a bit different, and nobody can accuse Snyder of wanting to go with the crowd. In this case, it's because the director would eventually like to screen it in IMAX.
What is the the Snyder Cut of Justice League?
The Snyder Cut is a new version of 2017's Justice League movie, which is coming to the new streaming service HBO Max in March 2021. It's the movie as envisioned by original director Zack Snyder, who left production halfway through to deal with a personal tragedy along with his wife and producing partner, Deborah Snyder.
Avengers director Joss Whedon stepped in to help finish the film, which was ultimately a critical and commercial flop. Justice League was mocked extensively for its reshot scenes featuring Henry Cavill's CG'd upper lip, the result of him being forced to retain a moustache during reshoots to finish filming Mission Impossible: Fallout.
Following Justice League's release, fans started petitioning to release the Snyder cut of the film, with actors Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck joining in on an extensive hashtag campaign. In December 2019, Snyder confirmed the cut was real in a post on social media network Vero.
In early February 2020, a group of Warner executives went to Snyder's house to watch a cut of the movie, and to figure how much finishing it will cost, according to a THR interview with the director. Warner greenlit the project and announced it for HBO Max in May 2020, and the Snyders have since been in the process of finishing the movie, which involved rehiring their original post-production crew.
As well as being edited and scored differently, actors returned to shoot new scenes for the film, including Ben Affleck. Jared Leto will also reprise his role as the Joker in a scene set in Batman Vs Superman's 'Knightmare' vision – Joker and Batman will meet face-to-face for the first time in the DC Extended Universe.
Justice League Snyder Cut trailer: Watch the official HBO Max trailer
The official Zack Snyder's Justice League HBO Max trailer was released on February 14th, because nothing says Valentine's Day like a four-hour superhero movie. You can check it out below, and there are some worthwhile highlights like Joker using the phrase "We live in a society."
What is the Justice League Snyder Cut budget?
The Snyder Cut budget hasn't been confirmed, but it's upwards of $30 million. WarnerMedia's chairman Bob Greenblatt spoke to Vox's Recode Media podcast on the matter. "I'll just say I wish it was just $30 million, and stop there!"
The Wrap later suggested the budget was closer to $70 million – this hasn't been cheap to pull off.
Will the Justice League Snyder Cut be any good, though?
Zack Snyder's DC Comics movies have proved enormously divisive, but they're singular creations that stand apart from the Marvel movies. We're not convinced an amazing movie is waiting for us, here - arguably it's pointless, but it's definitely going to be a fascinating insight into how films get made, alongside how much of an impact one creator can have on the overall arc of a film.