Fans of Zack Snyder have campaigned for years to have the ‘Snyder cut’ of Justice League released. Finally the director’s vision will come to screens in 2021.
Since its release in 2017, fans have been calling for the ‘Snyder-Cut’ of ‘Justice League’ to be released. DC’s equivalent of Marvel’s Avengers met with a muted response when the film hit the cinema. A change of director during the production process led to a confused end result. Snyder’s dark vision for the film became diluted when Joss Whedon was brought in to finish the project. The Marvel alumni imposing a lighter tone to the film.
Snyder stepped away from Justice League under heartbreaking circumstances. The death of his daughter led to the director, understandably, needing to spend time with his family. Revered Director, Joss Whedon, who had already had roaring success by bringing Marvel’s Avengers to the big screen, was brought in to finish the project.
Despite his inarguable pedigree, Whedon drew criticism for his treatment of the film. His lighter tone conflicted with Snyder’s original vision. The result was a mess of a film that enjoyed middling success.
Fans of Snyder began to campaign for a director’s cut, or – as it became known – the ‘Snyder Cut’. Three years after Justice League’s cinematic debut, Warner Bros. have announced that the ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ will be released in 2021.
It’s of no coincidence, I’m sure, that the news was released about a week ahead of the launch of Warner Bros’ new streaming service HBO Max. The platform launches in the U.S. on May 27th and is where fans will be able to see ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ next year.
With Snyder’s cut of the movie reported to be around four hours long, rumours are abound that the final cut will be split into six episodes and aired sequentially. This is yet to be confirmed.
Will fans ever be happy though? The term ‘polishing and turd’ springs to mind. There’s no denying that ‘Justice League’ was a poor movie. But can a new cut really save the day? It’s rumoured that a further $20-$30 million will be spent fixing dodgy CGI and recalling original cast members to record overdubs.
Do we need a darker version of the film at all? After all, over the years the DC cinematic universe has often been criticised for being too morbid. Too dark. Something that seems to have been addressed in later films like ‘Aquaman’ and ‘Shazzam!’. Indeed, ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ seems to have a much brighter, lighter feel to it. Time will tell.
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