DC FanDome confirmed the rumors and gave us the trailer. It’s the long awaited director’s cut of Justice League, the one studio and director alike swore didn’t exist. Zack Snyder’s 4 hour cut of Justice League is coming to HBOMax.
As you can see in the trailer, it will include many plots and characters cut from the theatrical release, tying up loose ends and clarifying many disconnected plot points.
We got a glimpse of the Darkseid, Iris West, more background on both Cyborg and the Mother Box, as well as expanding the role of Barry Allen, and Superman will be donning a black suit in this definitive version of Justice League, as confirmed by footage revealed at Comic-Con @ Home 2020.
The theatrical Justice League, released by Warner Bros. in 2017, suffered a difficult production. Its script underwent major changes before and during production between 2016 and 2017. In May 2017, Snyder stepped down during post-production following the death of his daughter, and Joss Whedon took over, completing the film as an uncredited director. Whedon oversaw reshoots and other changes that added a brighter tone and more humor, and cut the runtime down to 120 minutes in accordance with a mandate from Warner Bros. The theatrical Justice League was a box-office disappointment and received mixed reviews, leading Warner Bros. to re-evaluate the future of the DCEU and focus development on individual films.
As details surfaced about the film’s troubled production and its state before Snyder stepped down, many fans expressed interest in an alternate cut more faithful to Snyder’s vision. Fans and members of the cast and crew petitioned for the release of this, which they nicknamed the Snyder Cut. At the time, industry insiders regarded the release as unlikely. However, Warner Bros. decided to move ahead with it in February 2020; the following May, Snyder announced that the original cut would be released as Zack Snyder’s Justice League via the streaming service HBO Max. The restoration will cost $20–30+ million to complete the visual effects, score, and editing. It is intended to be released first as a four-part miniseries, with each episode being an hour long, followed by a four-hour film version.
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