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Zack Snyder's Justice League director's cut heading to HBO Max

Justice League

Story by Jack Foley

ZACK Snyder’s much sough after Justice League director’s cut is to finally see the light of day on Warner Media’s HBO Max in 2021.

After years of campaigning, the studio behind the DC Films ensemble Justice League will finally unveil Snyder’s version of the film, which saw heroes Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Cyborg and Superman share the same screen.

Snyder announced the news on a live Q&A Wednesday, following a virtual screening of his Henry Cavill-led Superman film Man of Steel.

Justice League has been one of the most talked about comic books of recent years, having flopped at the global box office off the back of terrible reviews. But while Snyder completed the majority of work on the film in 2016, he was forced to step away from post-production and editing because of a family tragedy.

As a result, Warner Bros. brought in The Avengers helmer Joss Whedon to finish the job, which prompted many fans to speculate that Snyder’s original vision was never fully realised – and that it would have been much longer and darker.

They have subsequently been campaigning for the right to see the original version, with #ReleaseTheSnyderCut became a massive grassroots rallying cry, which was supported by Snyder and various cast members along the way.

In November 2019, Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot kick-started the campaign by tweeting the hashtag with a grayscale still from Justice League, with Ben Affleck and Snyder himself following suit – sending fans into a twitter-fed frenzy.

Jason Momoa, aka Aquaman, also called for the darker film to drop as recently as May 19, 2020.

Snyder himself then admitted that his own cut of the film existed, but the onus was on Warner Bros. to release it.

That pressure has now prompted Warners to give in and to allow Snyder to show the fabled cut on its streaming service, HBO Max, in 2021 (exact date to be confirmed).

Speculation is now rife as to what format this will take – whether it’ll be one big event movie, or will be split into instalments as a mini event series. Watch this space…

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