Four hours of Justice League from the eyes of Zack Snyder is about to grace the television scene and bless us with a grand retelling of the story as the Snyder cut. It will showcase completely new scenes, characters we know of from different installments of the standalone films of the members of Justice League, and what was supposed to be shown in 2017 had it been the case.
A different version of the 2017 Justice League was made known to the public when the fans of Director Zack Synder made noise on social media with the hashtag #releasetheSnydercut. When Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot tweeted the same, fans started to demand for the Snyder Cut. Snyder had to leave the production following the death of his daughter. Had Synder continued doing the film, it would be an almost four-hour film completely different with Joss Whedon’s version.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League officially scheduled the film for 2021. In a social media platform, Vero, Snyder said that it will be released on March 2021.
Sandra Dewey, president of WarnerMedia Entertainment, said that it would be released in early to mid-2021 via HBO Max. This was supported by the statement of Jason Kilar, WarnerMedia CEO, that the film would enter the scene in a few months.
Although there is no official word yet when the actual release of the Snyder Cut is, it is safe to assume that we are almost about to see the four-part masterpiece in the near future.
The first trailer was released last November 2020 and it only made fans more excited as to what is in store for Zack Snyder’s Justice League. And according to Snyder, there is more to come as another trailer is to be expected in January 2021.
To date, the trailer has 3.8 million views and it seems that a lot of fans are hyped about the coming of the Snyder cut.
The trailer gives the viewers a glimpse of every member of the Justice League, a variety of shots including that of Cyborg as part of the Gotham City Wildcats, and a sneak-peak of the vision of Zack Snyder for the film and what could have been the Justice League film of 2017.
The trailer also reveals the Black Suit of Superman, his post-resurrection look, entirely different from the red and blue colors we were fond of seeing him wear.
Coupled with a haunting version of the song, “Hallelujiah,” the exhilarating feels of the trailer is one for the books.
Returning to the screen filming new scenes for the Snyder Cut are Henry Cavill’s Superman, Ben Affleck’s Batman, and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg. Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, and Ezra Miller’s The Flash completes the Justice League.
Jared Leto will also be reprising his role as The Joker from 2016’s Suicide Squad. This made fans more excited as there were no signs of Leto’s Joker in the 2017 release of the Justice League. Entirely separate from Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker, Leto’s Joker leaves intrigued as to how Joker would play the part in the Snyder Cut.
Deathstroke, played by Joe Manganiello, will also be back as Manganiello revealed the new look of Deathstroke on social media. Ciaran Hinds’ Steppenwolf, Amber Heard’s Mera, Jeremy Irons' Alfred, and Amy Adams’ Lois Lane will also be present in the Snyder Cut.
Aside from who we already know, new faces will grace our screens for the four-part film. Ray Porter would embody Darkseid and Kiersey Clemons would play Iris West. The trailer also gives us a look on DeSaan, a villain known to be so vile, his reputation as the royal torturer precedes him. The Martian Manhunter was also hinted by Snyder to appear in the film.
Zack Snyder is known for his long runtime with Batman v Superman lasting 183 minutes and Watchmen 214 minutes. For the Snyder cut, it is presumed to have almost four hours with every hour standing as one episode. Although there is no definite runtime for each episode, it is safe to say that every minute counts as Snyder teased that it will all bundle up in the end.
An early sorry for the fans as there is a small chance of having post-credits scene but hey, there are four hours of the Snyder cut so sit tight, fans, as there are more in store with the jam-packed episodes.
First up, Superman will be wearing his black suit. As seen on the trailer, Superman will be sporting a darker look as he is resurrected from the dead carrying over the death of Superman from Batman v Superman.
Ray Fisher’s Cyborg will get more screen time as Cyborg only made a few minutes in the 2017 Justice League. Cyborg is more likely to play a larger part in the story as confirmed by Snyder.
Zack Snyder stated that the Snyder cut would likely be given an R-Rating considering that his version features more scenes of violence and profane words.
A number of deleted scenes which surfaced online are expected to be part of the Snyder cut. A notable deleted scene is when Alfred said “he said you’d come,” and Superman appeared.
In general, it would be far from what Whedon had given in 2017. Snyder’s additional characters and inclusion of new scenes would definitely alter the Justice League of Whedon. Although it is not yet confirmed whether parts of Whedon’s work will make it to the Snyder Cut, Snyder said that "I would set it on fire before I use a single frame that I did not photograph.” He added that he would literally blow that thing up if a frame not his would be used.
During the watch party for Man of Steel, Snyder confirmed that there would be a Snyder Cut after the years of rumors and speculations, and it would be released on HBO Max in 2021.
After the confirmation, HBO Max supported this statement by teasing the release date of the Snyder Cut to be somewhere in the first half of 2021.
As Snyder said in the announcement that one-fourth of his work was already seen, it cannot be expected that it is a whole new movie and after all, it is not technically a movie considering that it would be released in four episodes. It would somehow be a mini-series on HBO Max.
Snyder reiterates that he will not compromise his vision of the movie and that he will continuously be working with the visual effects team to achieve what he has envisioned for Justice League.
Nonetheless, the Justice League: Director's Cut is something to look forward to in the next few months. So, sit tight, 2021 is jam-packed with 2020 backlogs of movies and it is a new age of films waiting for each fan.