Wow… I never thought I’d see the day that WB announces that Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League would be released.
In case you’ve been out of the loop, director Zack Snyder (300, Dawn of the Dead) was hired to build DC’s movie universe similar to Marvel’s. The idea was to take a more mature and dark approach to superhero movies and allow the DC properties to stand out and not feel like their Marvel counterparts. Man of Steel came first, then Batman vs. Superman, Wonder Woman, and finally The Justice League.
Personally, I wasn’t a fan of Synder’s take on the characters. I liked the casting (with exception of Lex Luthor) and even the costumes, but the darkness and tone just seemed off. I felt like Doomsday was done way wrong and none of the movies had really any hope in them, despite what Superman said in Man of Steel.
So, during the filming of Justice League, Zack Snyder had a family tragedy occur and he stepped away from production. Warner Brothers quickly brought in Joss Whedon, who had helmed the very successful Avengers film for Marvel, and he was given the reigns to rewrite and reshoot some scenes. He dropped the darkness, brightened up the film, and tried to take all these depressing pieces and put together something fun. I felt like he succeed in his task and he did remarkably so considering the eight ball he was working behind.
Still, the film was flawed, the change in tone bothered fans of Snyder’s vision, and almost instantly people were clamoring for a Snyder cut. Seeing that the Justice League lost WB a ton of money after spending extra on reshoots, it didn’t seem very likely. Well, thanks to the success of streaming over the past couple of years and HBO Max going all out, the Snyder cut is coming next year, four years after the original film’s release.
According to Snyder, WB is currently reaching out to VFX people to finish up scenes, along with bringing in original crew members and cast members to re-record some lines. It’s estimated that this cut will cost $20-$30 million dollars, the film may be drawn out into a six part series on HBO Max. I worry about lengthening the film since Snyder’s plots usually are pretty paper thin, but then again, maybe the short run-time will make it all go down a bit easier.
I’m not a fan of Zack Snyder’s DC work, but I am excited to see his cut. Zack Snyder says we only saw about ¼th of what he put together on screen, so that means there is a lot to look forward to.
I just wish we would have gotten one standalone Batman film with Affleck as The Dark Knight.