21 May – When fans say "Justice League: Snyder Cut", they are referring to the version of the movie that's made by original director Zack Snyder.
With many left feeling dissatisfied by the 2017 movie that was helmed by Joss Whedon, fans (and some of the cast) have been rallying for a couple of years now to get Snyder's version to be released so they can watch how the movie was intended to be, instead of what they got in cinemas.
Good news for fans then, their #ReleasetheSnyderCut movement worked – the Snyder Cut is getting released!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, it will not be anytime soon though and it won't be in cinemas. It will be released exclusively on the upcoming streaming platform, HBO Max, which will make its debut this 27 May.
The Snyder Cut is expected to be released only in 2021. The format is still uncertain, it could be an almost four-hour movie or it could be split into six chapters. Also uncertain is the budget, which is reportedly within the USD20 million or USD30 million range.
Snyder, along with wife and producing partner Deborah, is working on reassembling the original postproduction crew, who will score and cut the movie, as well as add new and finish old visual effects.
Most of the original cast members, presumably the likes of Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa (both who have successful standalone movies led by their DCEU characters), are also expected to be brought back to record additional 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."
Previously, Snyder had to step down from directing "Justice League" following his daughter's death in 2017 and was replaced by Whedon, which resulted in a final product marred by inconsistent tone and plot holes that received mostly negative reviews from fans and critics alike.
Fortunately for the DCEU, its standalone "Wonder Woman", "Shazam!" and "Aquaman" movies are better received and the franchise will continue to be expanded with more instalments of those, as well as new entries such as James Gunn's "The Suicide Squad" (2021), The Rock-starring "Black Adam" (2021) and Robert Pattinson-led "The Batman" (2022).