DC FanDome broke the internet this afternoon with the first exclusive look of the upcoming director’s cut of 2017’s “Justice League”. After almost 4 years of campaigning and petitioning, the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement finally caught the attention of Warner Bros. and HBO Max.
Previously shot in 2016 under Zack Snyder’s direction, “Justice League” found a new director halfway-through production in Joss Whedon. Whedon was brought on after Snyder departed the film due to a family tragedy. With Whedon at the helm, the film underwent drastic narrative changes and several re-shoots that resulted in the version of “Justice League” that hit theatres in 2017. The film was regarded as a box-office disappointment, having earned far less than “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Wonder Woman”. Many fans of the DC Extended Universe also expressed their disappointment in the new tone shifts and unanswered resolutions to previously established plot points. Now, after sitting in the WB vaults for 3 years, Zack Snyder’s vision is finally going to be seen exclusively on HBO Max in early 2021.
During the panel, Snyder was joined by several members of the League themselves including Ben Affleck (Batman), Henry Cavill (Superman), Ezra Miller (The Flash), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), and Ray Fisher (Cyborg). The cast all expressed their joy and excitement for fans to finally get to see what “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins called “the intended cut”. Snyder also shared that this new version of Justice League will be released as four individual hour-long episodes and that while it will be arriving on HBO Max first, they are in talks to distribute the film physically. Snyder closed out the panel by delivering an all-new trailer showcasing never-before-seen, but long-talked about footage and characters that we never thought we’d see! Set to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” (a callback time Snyder’s 2009 film adaptation of “Watchmen”), the trailer gives us our first live-action appearances of Darkseid and black-suited Superman, as well as Kiersy Clemons as Iris West.