The Justice League Snyder Cut is actually coming out — we just got the release date. Yes, the Snyder Cut, the kind of geek lore that's been passed around for years and spawned the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut hashtag is really happening.
While many have scoffed at the biggest running conspiracy theory in comic book movie history, we just learned it's coming to HBO Max. Full details below.
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Of course, as you read the below, you'll start to wonder how a massively different cut of a film actually exists. But it does, and it's coming soon. Typically, studios don't shoot scenes they don't need, but you never know if Warner Bros. changed its minds at the last second.
So, here's everything you need to know about the Snyder Cut of Justice League, including how soon you could expect to see it online.
Justice League Snyder Cut release date
On May 20, on a Zoom call with fans after Zack Snyder's Man of Steel watch party, Snyder said the release of the Snyder Cut is not up to him. And then, after some cajoling from Henry Cavill, Snyder revealed the below image.
Yes, the Justice League Snyder Cut is real and it's coming to HBO Max in 2021.
Hilariously, the Snyder Cut may not be exactly what fans expect. The Hollywood Reporter notes that "Whether it will be released as an almost four-hour director’s cut or split into six "chapters" has yet to be decided, but the Snyders are now in the midst of reassembling much of their original postproduction crew to score, cut, add new and finish old visual effects, and, yes, maybe bring back many of the actors to record additional dialogue."
Snyder introduced the possibility of format changes in a presentation in early February, where he screened his material to Warner Bros., HBO Max, and DC execs.
Justice League Snyder Cut explained
The 2017 film Justice League, as originally planned, was only to be directed by Zack Snyder (Batman vs Superman, 300). Then, after a family tragedy struck, Warner Bros. announced Snyder was leaving the film. Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Buffy The Vampire Slayer) stepped in to finish the job, and the resultant movie looked very much like a mashup. You could almost tell which scenes smacked of Whedon and which had Snyder's signature (dark) touch.
Then, the rumors swirled that there was another Justice League. In December 2017, ScreenRant reported news of a test screening of the film that was "much darker." This version of the film soon became known as The Snyder Cut. Online, fans who wanted a truly gritty Justice League demanded that Warner Bros. release the Snyder Cut. Their cries ran out across social media, and included a Change.org petition that ended up gaining 179,261 signatures before it was locked.
And that felt like a lot of speculation and rumor, at least until March 2019, when Snyder confirmed the Snyder Cut's existence, bringing #ReleaseTheSnyderCut back into the conversation:
It's done. It's up to them.Tried cleaning up the audio a bit to make what he's saying more discernible@wbpictures #ReleaseTheSnyderCut pic.twitter.com/VUuxqWLK8dMarch 26, 2019
In the above video, Snyder is recorded by a fan (at a fundraiser) saying "all I can say is ... sure there's a cut ... it's done. I have a cut. I have a bunch of them. So, it's not like ... that's up to them [Warner Bros.]." This gave fans of the movie all the reason they needed to demand the cut get released. YouTuber Film Junkee shared an extra little note: Snyder wrote the number '214' on the poster for this event, and that the director used this to signal that the Snyder Cut is 214 minutes long. That's 94 minutes longer than the 2-hour Justice League that hit theaters.
In the aforementioned Hollywood Reporter report, Snyder is reported as saying "You probably saw one-fourth of what I did."
Justice League Snyder Cut on HBO Max
HBO Max is a perfect home for the Snyder Cut, and it arrives next year. At launch, HBO Max will have Joker (2019), but is that enough? Doom Patrol season 2 is coming, but not until June 25.
The Snyder Cut, however, is likely to drive a lot of eyeballs to HBO Max.