Director Zack Snyder has revealed his “Snyder cut” of 2017 superhero movie Justice League will be released following a fan campaign.
The filmmaker had been overseeing the DC Comics project – which features Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Cyborg and Superman – but departed during post-production following the death of his daughter.
Josh Whedon, who wrote and directed two Avengers films, was tasked by studio Warner Bros with finishing Justice League.
The movie was a critical and commercial flop and almost immediately following its release fans – who believed Snyder originally had a much darker vision for the film – mounted a campaign for his version to be released.
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Their prayers were answered on Wednesday, when Snyder confirmed his Justice League will arrive on the HBO Max streaming service in 2021. Yahoo has contacted Warner Bros. for details on its international distribution plans, as there is currently no plan to launch HBO Max to launch outside of North America.
Snyder made sure to give those fans a shoutout. “I want to thank HBO Max and Warner Brothers for this brave gesture of supporting artists and allowing their true visions to be realised,” the director remarked in a press release. “Also a special thank you to all of those involved in the #SnyderCut movement for making this a reality.”
He announced the news during a Q&A following a virtual screening of his Superman film Man Of Steel, starring British actor Henry Cavill.
Jason Momoa, who Snyder handpicked to play Aquaman wasted little time declaring victory. “Justice is served,” he wrote on his Instagram account announcing the news.
Snyder and his wife and producing partner Deborah are now at work on the new film, which will cost a reported $20-30 million to complete.
It will involve some of the original cast members – include Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Jason Momoa as Aquaman – returning to record new dialogue.
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It is unknown what form the finished product will take, with speculation Snyder may let the film run as long as four hours or release it on HBO Max in six instalments, like a TV series.
Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Snyder revealed he has not seen Whedon’s cut of Justice League, adding of his own version: “It will be an entirely new thing, and, especially talking to those who have seen the released movie, a new experience apart from that movie.”