From the moment the JUSTICE LEAGUE movie was released, it divided fans.
Zack Snyder’s vision for the Extended DC Cinematic Universe was, to put it mildly, not for everyone. Many found it to be too dark, starting with a Superman who was too willing to kill General Zod in 2013’s Man of Steel to a bitter, angry Caped Crusader in the follow-up, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE.
But there were some online who were completely on board with Snyder’s vision. It was a cinematic masterpiece to his supporters, showing a complexity that, they argued, most moviegoers just didn’t understand. The slightest negative criticism of anything in these movies drew sharp rebukes and days-long harassment as they chided people who disagreed with them as “not getting” the movies.
I should know. It happened to me a couple of years back.
When Zack Snyder was forced to take a step back from Justice League due to the death of his daughter, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER creator Joss Whedon stepped in to helm reshoots and put the final cut of the movie together. It wasn’t Snyder’s original vision for the movie and drove Snyder’s devoted followers crazy.
It clearly did not sit well with Snyder, either, who has spent the last few years fanning the flames within his vocal minority by discussing what he would’ve done and what he wanted to do with the movie in interviews. It didn’t take long for the demands of “Release the Snyder Cut” to start. Finally, someone listened.
Not long after the debut last month of the new HBO MAX streaming app, we got word that the service would in fact “Release the Snyder Cut,” possibly in the form of a 6-episode series. And today, we got a tease for that 2021 release.
While I am in no way a fan of the way many of Snyder’s fans acted as they pushed for this to happen, I’m definitely not upset about it. More live action Justice League is a good thing and, to be perfectly honest, I’m intrigued about the epic nature of what Snyder reportedly had planned and I’m curious to see the extra footage he filmed that wasn’t included in the 2016 theatrical release.
After all, anyone who isn’t excited about the prospects of a live-action Darkseid probably shouldn’t call themselves a fan of DC Comics.
The Snyder Cut of the Justice League will debut in 2021 on HBO MAX.