It’s been a long two and a half year battle for the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement, but it was all worth it today when Zack Snyder announced to the world that the Snyder Cut, titled Zack Snyder’s Justice League would be released on HBO Max in 2021.
Snyder surprised the world with the announcement after the live commentary of his Man of Steel, with star Henry Cavill also joining the director along with a select few fans on social media site Vero for a Q&A.
He revealed the news with a black-and-white poster, detailing that the Snyder Cut is coming to HBO Max next year.
“It’ll probably be in ’21, we’ve got a little work to do. We’re doing it. Get ready.”
Not long after Zack’s reveal, THR dropped an article with further information regarding the film’s release, here are some of the tidbit you need to know:
- It’s not been decided if it will be released as a four-hours director cut or split into six chapters.
- The Snyder’s are reassembling the original postproduction crew to score, cut and finish old visual effects.
- They may bring back many of the actors to record additional dialogue.
- The budget could be in the range from $20-$30 million.
“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,” – Zack Snyder
The Snyders put together a presentation and, in early February, invited a group of executives from Warner Bros., HBO Max and DC to screen Zack’s little-seen version that was shown in black and white. There were more than a dozen in attendance, ranging from Warners’ Emmerich, Carolyn Blackwood, Walter Hamada and Courtney Valenti to HBO Max’s Kevin Reilly, Sarah Aubrey and Sandra Dewey to DC’s Jim Lee.
At his presentation after the screening, Snyder outlined ideas for not just releasing the cut but the concept of episodes and cliffhangers.
The executives left the meeting pumped.
HBO Max full press release:
LOS ANGELES – May 20, 2020 – After global passionate fan calls to action and the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement, HBO Max and Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that it will exclusively world premiere Zack Snyder’s director’s cut of the Warner Bros. Pictures/DC feature film Justice League in 2021. Snyder surprised fans with the news this morning during a live online commentary of his film Man of Steel with Henry Cavill.
#ReleaseTheSnyderCut first became a passionate rallying social media cry among fans in 2017 and has not let up. From countless press articles and hundreds of thousands of social media mentions, it became a powerful global movement among cinephiles and comic book fans.
“I want to thank HBO Max and Warner Brothers for this brave gesture of supporting artists and allowing their true visions to be realized. Also a special thank you to all of those involved in the SnyderCut movement for making this a reality,” said Snyder.
“Since I got here 14 months ago, the chant to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut has been a daily drumbeat in our offices and inboxes. Well, the fans have asked, and we are thrilled to finally deliver. At the end of the day, it really is all about them and we are beyond excited to be able to release Zack’s ultimate vision for this film in 2021. This could never have happened if it weren’t for the hard work and combined efforts of the teams at HBO Max and Warner Bros. Pictures,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, Warner Media Entertainment and Direct-To-Consumer.
“When Zack and Debbie shared the extraordinary vision of where Zack wanted to take Justice League, my team and our counterparts at Warner Bros. took it as a mission to solve the many issues that stood in the way,” said Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer at HBO Max, President, TNT, TBS and truTV. “Thanks to the partnership at Warner Bros. and the relentless pursuit of the entire WarnerMax team we are able to deliver this incredibly exciting moment for Zack, the fans and HBO Max.”
“Thanks to the efforts of a lot people, we’re excited to bring fans this highly anticipated version of Justice League,” said Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “This feels like the right time to share Zack’s story, and HBO Max is the perfect platform for it. We’re glad the creative planets aligned, allowing us to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut.”
In Justice League, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
The Justice League screenplay is by Chris Terrio, story by Chris Terrio & Zack Snyder, based on characters from DC, Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The film’s producers are Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, with executive producers Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas, Jim Rowe, Ben Affleck, Wesley Coller, Curtis Kanemoto, and Chris Terrio.
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