• Annie Banks

'Justice League' Snyder Cut is a 4-Hour Movie, Not a Miniseries

Contrasting what was previously reported, the lusted-after director's cut of Justice League (2017) is to be released as a singular entity instead of an entire series.

Director Zack Snyder confirmed over VERO that his cut of the Justice League movie would run as a four-hour uninterrupted movie, where the four hours would be logged before the end credits scroll. The Snyder Cut, which was petitioned for and craved by fans for years, is nearing completion and will hit HBO Max in March 2021. Snyder assures fans that an official poster and release date are well on the way.

Snyder's cut is untouched by any outside influence other than his own. Fans across the internet campaigned for the extended cut that even the director himself was unsure would ever become a reality. "It was an interesting experience," Snyder said in an interview on the ComicBook Debate YouTube channel. "I got to say I never really thought it would happen. I'd been living with the prospect that it would never happen and fine with it. I'll be honest. I'd made peace with the fact that this was the world I was going to be in. It was going to be a situation where this was a movie that I never really finished. I have my cut of it here at the house, and if you want to see when you're over, you can check it out, but that's pretty much it. But when we got to the point where, through a lot of hurdles and back and forth, that we'd come to the place where yes, the movie, you're allowed to finish it and to do it the right way, that was a pretty cathartic and beautiful moment that I shared with my family… it was really an impossible dream come true."

Five-minute shoots were reworked by Snyder and the Justice League cast, creating additional footage that is yet to be released in the four-hour film. In total, the final cost of the production for the extended cut came along with a hefty price tag of $30 million. "It isn't as easy as going into the vault, and there's a Snyder Cut sitting there to put out," HBO Max head Bob Greenblatt said Vox's Recode podcast back in May. "It does not exist. Zack is actually building it, and it's complex, including new VFX shots. It's a radical rethinking of that movie, and it's complicated and wildly expensive. I'll just say I wish it was just $30 million and stop there. It's an enormous undertaking and very complex."

The Snyder Cut will stream on HBO Max in March 2021.

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