In a livestream on Wednesday, director Zack Snyder announced that his highly anticipated and mysterious director’s cut of 2017’s “Justice League” will debut on HBO Max in 2021.
After Snyder stepped down from his directorial duties during post-production in order to deal with the death of his daughter, he was replaced by Joss Whedon, and the film was rumored to have undergone a complete overhaul – including two months of extensive reshoots. The end result was a sloppy, incoherent mess of a film that was heavily criticized by fans and critics alike.
As a result, the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement was born, as dedicated fans believed Snyder’s original director’s cut was still out there waiting to be seen. Turns out they were right, and now the world will get a chance to see Snyder’s creative vision for DC’s greatest superheroes.
“I want to thank HBO Max and Warner Brothers for this brave gesture of supporting artists and allowing their true visions to be realized,” Snyder said in a press release via HBO Max. “Also a special thank you to all of those involved in the SnyderCut movement for making this a reality.”
According to an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the final product could take the form of a four-hour film, or a six-part television-style mini-series.
“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 told THR. “You probably saw one-fourth of what I did.”
The Snyder Cut of “Justice League” will debut exclusively on HBO Max in 2021.
Zach Goins is a member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association based in Raleigh, N.C. Zach co-founded Inside The Film Room in 2018 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the website and co-host of the podcast. Zach also serves as a film critic for CLTure.org.