The disappoint and ultimate failure of Justice League in November 2017 led to the launch of the now infamous #ReleaseTheSnyderCut hashtag as well as a change.org petition which garnered 100,000 signatures. If truth be told, it never seemed like a reality that Snyder’s vision for Justice League would ever be seen outside a cabal of friends and colleagues.
Snyder delivered his first 4-hour rough cut of the Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice follow-up in January 2017, however Warner Bros. wanted a cut of the film somewhere in the two-hour range. Snyder delivered another version running 2 hour 20-minutes but that cut needed finessed. Snyder was unable to complete this after the death of his daughter and Joss Whedon was brought in to reshoot and recut the film. This led to a myriad of inconsistencies ad imperfections – the biggest of which was Moustachegate (Henry Cavill needed to reshoot scenes as Superman during the production of Mission: Impossible – Fallout, but his character had a moustache in that film. The facial hair was digitally removed for the DC Comics pic at a cost of millions)
Since November 2019 Snyder has been liaising with Warner Bros, in an attempt to bring his finished vision to the screen and the studio will cut him a cheque in the region of $20-$30 million to complete his version of the film.
Snyder and his producer wife Deborah are now setting about to reassemble their original postproduction crew so that the film can be completed. They may even bring back some of the film’s cast to record additional dialogue.
The plan is for Zack Snyder’s Justice League to arrive on HBO Max in March 2021, but it hasn’t been decided if it will be released as a four-hour director’s cut or split into six “chapters”.
These developments are a real game-changer for the film industry. Firstly, it shows the power of online fan campaigns. Secondly, it illustrates that studios will go to great lengths to score unique content for their streaming services and finally, it means that many unseen director’s cuts might see the light of day.
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