What has been the subject of endless speculation and debate among a large chunk of superhero movie fandom has been settled. Zach Snyder’s version of the 2017 film, Justice League is headed to HBO Max in 2021.
Deadline reports that Snyder made the announcement himself today during a Watch Party for his 2013 movie, Man of Steel on the social platform, Vero.
Snyder, who initially took the director’s seat for Justice League, had to leave production due to a family tragedy. Joss Whedon (director of 2012’s The Avengers) took over the helm and finished the film that was eventually released in theaters. But overall poor reception sparked online speculation that Snyder’s original darker cut of the film could be the superior version. This led to the infamous 2017 rallying cry, #ReleaseTheSnyderCut.
The campaign reached a fever pitch in November 2019 when Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot tweeted the hashtag along with Ben Affleck and Snyder, himself. Snyder did acknowledge a cut of his film did exist but emphasized that whether or not it would see the light of day was solely up to Warner Bros. Now, Snyder, along with Warner Media have given fans a resounding “yes”.
#ReleaseTheSnyderCut. Only on HBO Max 2021. @ZackSnyder https://t.co/cfXCK1B6pA pic.twitter.com/hqeA9i7tTL
— HBO Max (@hbomax) May 20, 2020
“I want to thank HBO Max and Warner Brothers for this brave gesture of supporting artists and allowing their true visions to be realized. Also a special thank you to all of those involved in the SnyderCut movement for making this a reality,” said Snyder.
“Since I got here 14 months ago, the chant to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut has been a daily drumbeat in our offices and inboxes. Well, the fans have asked, and we are thrilled to finally deliver. At the end of the day, it really is all about them and we are beyond excited to be able to release Zack’s ultimate vision for this film in 2021. This could never have happened if it weren’t for the hard work and combined efforts of the teams at HBO Max and Warner Bros. Pictures,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, Warner Media Entertainment and Direct-To-Consumer.
This is just another title HBO Max is adding to its ever growing list. We’ll keep you updated on the latest developments as they happen.
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