The Snyder Cut Is Being Released
By Matt Chieco
Can you hear that excitement? That’s the Snyder Cut going from an urban legend to a reality.
Back in 2017, Zack Snyder had to drop out as the director for Justice League due to a family emergency causing Joss Whedon to come in as the replacement director. Since the release of the movie a growing movement of fans have created the hashtag #ReleaseTheSnyderCut. Over the last couple of years it has become something so big that people are buying billboards in Time Square and flying banners over Comic-Con. Even the stars of the movie were tweeting the hashtag in support.
On May 20th, it was announced that Zack Snyder’s Justice League is being released on HBO Max in 2021 (days after it was rumored that Snyder screened his cut for executives). Warner Bros. Pictures is spending anywhere from $20-30 million dollars to complete Snyder’s vision. The money is going towards reassembling the original post production crew to finish the score and visual effects for the movie. That budget is also possibly going towards getting Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher, and Ezra Miller back to film reshoots.
Two question need to be answered after this bombshell announcement. One, is the studio putting themselves in a difficult position? DC and Warner Brothers have already announced their release dates for the upcoming DCEU films (for the second time…where is that Green Lantern Corps movie?) and also have recast certain roles. Yet if Zack Snyder's cut is a hit are fans gonna want more and is the studio going to have to change their plans once again.
Second, is this the beginning of a new trend to release a director’s cut for other movies.
After news broke on the Snyder cut being released, David Ayer sent out a cryptic tweet hinting at his cut for the movie Suicide Squad.
Then Paul Feig, the director of the Ghostbuster reboot is tweeting that he has a three and a half hour cut of the movie.
This is a big deal for the film industry and I can’t wait to watch Zack Snyder's Justice League (hopefully the hype is real). Maybe this will teach studios to let the directors just do their thing.
Zack Snyder's Justice League arrives on HBO Max in 2021.