After years of waiting, Zack Snyder and his legion of fans are on the verge of getting exactly what they have been wanting—a Snyder-approved cut of “Justice League.” And not only that, it appears that the mythical version of the superhero team-up film might actually not become a film at all. It could morph into something bigger.
According to a report from THR, who spoke with Snyder, the version that is expected to hit HBO Max in 2021, dubbed “Zack Snyder’s Justice League,” has a form that is yet to be determined. The report claims that the finished product, which is supposedly going to cost Warner Bros. anywhere from $20 million to $30 million to finish, could end up as a four-hour director’s cut or a pseudo-series, split into six “chapters.”
No matter what form it takes, the new “Justice League” is still a long way from completion, as the report says that Snyder and WB are just now reaching out to visual effects companies to help finish the VFX, as well as the original crew that can complete the score, cut the film, and maybe even bring back original actors to record some new dialogue.
“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,” Snyder said. “You probably saw one-fourth of what I did.”
He added, “I always thought it was a thing that in 20 years, maybe somebody would do a documentary and I could lend them the footage, little snippets of a cut no one has ever seen.”
Deborah Snyder, the filmmaker’s wife and a producer on “Justice League,” thinks the idea of having a new cut of the film wouldn’t have been possible a couple of years ago. But with the rise of streaming, the opportunity exists for the filmmaker to finish what he started without making concessions.
“With the new platform and streaming services, you can have something like this,” she explained. “You can’t release something like this theatrically, but you could with a streaming service. It’s an opportunity that wasn’t there two years ago, to be honest.”
Snyder concludes by applauding WB for their commitment to his vision and the studio’s willingness to come back to a film that fans have been aching to see finished.
“This return to that pedigree and to let my singular vision of my movie be realized, in this format, in this length, is unprecedented and a brave move,” he said.
“Zack Snyder’s Justice League” will arrive on HBO Max in 2021.