We can rest at ease now. Zack Snyder—the directorial mastermind behind films such as 300, Watchmen, and Man of Steel—has given us picture proof that his Justice League director’s cut exists.
Snyder posted about the cut on his Vero account. Don’t fret if your computer doesn’t pull it up. You actually need to go out and download the app on a mobile device, and then you can follow Snyder and search through all of his posts, including a picture of the reel with his cut of the film (listed as having a whopping total run time of 214 minutes).
Many of his images on his Vero profile include the vision that could’ve been Snyder’s Justice League. This, in part, is what led to the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement.
Snyder’s push follows that of several leads of Justice League, including Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, and Jason Mamoa, all of whom have tweeted #ReleaseTheSnyderCut to try and promote the release.
When someone tweeted the time of 214 minutes might have been an assembly cut of the film, Snyder tweeted back the assembly cut was five hours long.
Justice League, which released theatrically near the end of 2017, left many fans of the comics clamoring for the release of Snyder’s cut. Though credited as director, Snyder dropped out during post-production to handle a family tragedy, and Joss Whedon took over full creative control during the compilation of the film footage. Naturally, as two different creatives, Whedon’s final cut of the film ended up with an entirely different vision from how Snyder intended.
“I did principal photography for Zack. We finished shooting and he started editing,” cinematographer Fabian Wagner told Indie Wire recently. “We did the color grading for the trailers. So the first three trailers were all things we shot. Then they started reshoots. I wasn’t there. It was a completely different team. They reshot 55 days, I think. The movie that was in cinemas was 10 percent of what we shot. Everything else is a reshoot.”
According to Wagner, Whedon’s cut was so different from the original Wagner literally cried on his way out of the theater after viewing the film.
What further complicated matters during production of Justice League is the negative reception received by both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. This led to so many changes in the Justice League script and photography, and some critics still generally consider the film to be a flop, especially with the changes Whedon made in post-production.
Snyder helmed as director for many of the previous DC Extended Universe films including Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and Suicide Squad. He also created the story for 2017’s successful Wonder Woman film. As the man arguably behind the DCEU, it only makes logical sense that fans would want his version of the film that could have been.
Based on the Vero photo, it sounds very promising we’ll one day see this cut, though there’s no official word on when this might happen. Popcorn Talk Network previously predicted we could see it as part of WarnerMedia’s new HBO Max streaming service which comes out in May 2020.
As an aside, if you scroll through Snyder’s Vero page, you can see that he’s held viewing Q&A’s for the cuts of his other films such as Batman v Superman, Watchmen, and Dawn of the Dead. We can only assume, based on this, we’ll see a Q&A with Snyder’s cut of Justice League sometime in the near future.
Until then, look out for Snyder’s upcoming film, Army of the Dead, an action horror heist movie featuring Dave Bautista and Ella Purnell. There’s no release date for the film as of yet, but IMDB states the film’s in post-production.
As far as the future of the DCEU goes, Birds of Prey featuring Harley Quinn releases on February 7th, 2020, and we also have another Wonder Woman film, Wonder Woman 1984, to look forward to on June 5th, 2020.
Here’s to hoping that we see a Snyder cut sometime soon, and he’s able to find his way back to Gotham City once again. Where’s the Bat signal when you need one?