Zack Snyder's Justice League Will Release on HBO Max in March 2021


01/29/21 UPDATE: A new series of posters for Zack Snyder's Justice League have been revealed showcasing torn and broken versions of the Justice League logo with the caption: Streaming 03.18.21 HBO Max. Zack Snyder released the posters on social media with the titles Fallen, Risen, and Reborn. WarnerMedia also put out a press release for HBO Max officially announcing the date and it provided a new synopsis for the movie:

"In ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE, determined to ensure Superman’s (Henry Cavill) ultimate sacrifice was not in vain, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) aligns forces with Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) with plans to recruit a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions. The task proves more difficult than Bruce imagined, as each of the recruits must face the demons of their own pasts to transcend that which has held them back, allowing them to come together, finally forming an unprecedented league of heroes. Now united, Batman (Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) may be too late to save the planet from Steppenwolf, DeSaad and Darkseid and their dreadful intentions."

So there it is! In a little over a month and a half, the long-awaited Snyder Cut will be released. And new HBO Max subscribers will be in for a treat in March because along with Justice League on March 18, the year's first big blockbuster, Godzilla vs Kong, releases in theaters and HBO Max on March 31. We just got a trailer for Godzilla vs Kong last weekend and a final trailer for Zack Snyder's Justice League should also come out in the next few weeks. According to Grace Randolph on Twitter, it will drop on Valentine's Day February 14.

  

12/17/20 ORIGINAL POST: It was around this time last year that I sat down to write an essay detailing the Snyder Cut and its history. That article was one of the first ten ever published on the site and it was our first big story that really brought in a lot of eyes. Despite the support from readers, and despite my own wishes, I felt at that time that the Director's Cut of Justice League was just a far-out dream that wouldn't be. Yet, here we are. Back in May of 2020, Zack Snyder revealed that his version of Justice League, one that he never got to finish, will be released in 2021. Since then he's been hard at work mastering the film, getting VFX done, and even doing some minor reshoots during the quarantine. Today, the year-long release window has been narrowed thanks to a comment Zack Snyder made on Vero confirming that his cut of Justice League will release in March.

In more Vero related updates, when answering a fan question in the comments about if the Snyder Cut will have a post-credits scene, Zack replied with a straight forward "no" shutting down any speculation in the matter. Then on December 12, Zack shared a photo on his Vero page from Batman vs Superman along with the news that he was working on remastering the movie to its original IMAX aspect ratio. This means that Zack has been a busy man, working simultaneously on finishing up the Snyder Cut while also remastering BvS and working on his Netflix film, Army of the Dead, which is also set to release in 2021.

Along with this, there have also been quite a few bits of information coming from Zack recently about the film as we get closer and closer to its release window. In an interview with EW, Snyder stated an interest in releasing the film in theaters alongside HBO Max. As he said in the interview himself, it's the reverse of the trend we've been seeing where Warner Brothers movies are getting a same-day release on HBO Max as theaters. If this were to happen, Snyder believes that the movie will receive an R-rating.

The 4.5 hour cut of Justice League will include 2.5 hours of new footage including new scenes with Jared Leto's Joker and some scenes shot with Ezra Miller remotely over Zoom while he was on set of Fantastic Beasts 3. When asked about the new footage that will appear in his cut, Zack Snyder said "There's one scene where Batman drops an F-bomb. Cyborg is not too happy with what's going on with his life before he meets the Justice League, and he tends to speak his mind. And Steppenwolf is pretty much just hacking people in half. So [the rating would be due to] violence and profanity, probably both." This isn't too surprising, however, because the Ultimate Edition of Batman vs Superman was also rated-R when it released on blu-ray.

There are a lot of thoughts across the board on this new cut of the movie but at the end of the day, it's a version of the movie that no one has seen before and thousands of fans have fought for. Whether it gets released in theaters or exclusively on HBO Max, there will be a large audience for this Justice League. It remains to be seen how the DCEU as a whole will evolve after the Snyder Cut. Patty Jenkins, director of Wonder Woman 1984, recently expressed her displeasure with the theatrical cut of Justice League stating on the ReelBlend podcast:

"The Justice League? No, I think that all of us DC directors tossed that out just as much as the fans did. But also, I felt that that version contradicted my first movie in many ways, and this current movie, which I was already in production on. So then, what are you going to do? I was like… you would have to play ball in both directions in order for that to work. The only thing I have done, and have always tried to do, is -- I knew, when Zack was doing Justice League, where she sort of ends up. So I always tried… like, I didn’t change her suit, because I never want to… I don’t want to contradict his films, you know? But yet, I have to have my own films, and he’s been very supportive of that. And so, I think that that Justice League was kind of an outlier. They were trying to turn one thing into, kind of, another."

With that all said, fans of the DC cinematic universe don't have to wait until March to experience a new superhero adventure. Wonder Woman 1984 releases in theaters and HBO Max next week on December 25.

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