(May 20, 2:10 p.m.): It’s official. HBO Max announced Wednesday that Zack Snyder’s director’s cut of Justice League will debut on the platform in 2021 first revealed the release plan on social media. Zack Snyder directed the “Justice League” but had to step away in post-production because of a family tragedy. Warner Bros. brought in Joss Whedon to replace Snyder. Whedon oversaw reshoots for the film and drastically changed Snyder’s tone. Whedon’s “Justice League” was a critical bomb and box office disappointment in November 2017, prompting fans to urge Warner Bros. to release Snyder’s cut of the film.
“I want to thank HBO Max and Warner Brothers for this brave gesture of supporting artists and allowing their true visions to be realized. Also a special thank you to all of those involved in the SnyderCut movement for making this a reality,” Snyder said during the Man of Steel watch party on Wednesday.
“Since I got here 14 months ago, the chant to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut has been a daily drumbeat in our offices and inboxes. Well, the fans have asked, and we are thrilled to finally deliver. At the end of the day, it really is all about them and we are beyond excited to be able to release Zack’s ultimate vision for this film in 2021. This could never have happened if it weren’t for the hard work and combined efforts of the teams at HBO Max and Warner Bros. Pictures,” Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, Warner Media Entertainment and Direct-To-Consumer, said in an official statement.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources are reporting that Snyder was given an additional $20-30 million in order to properly finish the editing, effects, and other elements of the film to bring it to WarnerMedia’s forthcoming streaming service, though an exact number has yet to be revealed.