HBO Max, the future streaming platform of the conglomerate to which Warner Bros belongs, announced that it will premiere the Justice League “Snyder Cut” in 2021 . Ultimately, it won’t be a theatrical release. Warner Bros. will spend more than $20 million to complete the version of the film that did not hit theaters.
In November 2019, the first approaches began to take shape, since Warne Bros chairman Toby Emmerich contacted director Zack Snyder due to the noise that the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement had generated in recent years.
Zack Snyder himself revealed the premiere on HBO Max, during an event related to Man of Steel developed during this Wednesday, although he did not confirm any of the rumors. It is not clear if it will be the four-hour cut that some dream of or if it will be divided into chapters.
What is clear is that Zack Snyder and producer Deborah Snyder are bringing their post-production team together to music, edit and finish the old visual effects. I mean, everyone who believed the movie was ready was completely wrong.
Perhaps most relevant is that in THR they add that new sequences will also be created and actors could even be called to record additional dialogue. In this sense, the portal assures that the relaunch will cost $20 million dollars, although some sources indicate that the cost of finishing the film would reach up to $30 million dollars.
“It will be something completely new and, especially speaking to those who have seen the movie that was released, it will be a separate experience from that movie,” Snyder explained. “They probably saw a quarter of what I did,” he added.
Why is the cost important? Because since it became known that a version of Snyder existed that was not approved by the studio, it was clear that Warner Bros. would have to spend money to complete it. And since the version of Justice League that hit the movies lost a lot of money, since it is estimated that it had negative numbers of over $50 million dollars, it was very unlikely that they would spend more money in the studio. But the passage of time managed to make it happen.
In that sense, Snyder himself admitted that he thought that this day would never come. “I always thought this would be a 20 year old thing, maybe someone would make a documentary and the material could happen to them, little things from a cut that no one had seen,” stressed the director.
In short, the streaming war and, why not, the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, which will hinder the creation of new content by 2021, finally made possible what was unthinkable at the end of 2017.
The #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement achieved its goal, but they will have to wait until next year to finally see what Zack Snyder did. Always with the shadow that the project considered a second part that was never done.