When Zack Snyder announced that he had partnered with WarnerMedia to produce a new cut of 2017’s Justice League, the director indicated that the project could be accomplished with existing footage, digital touch-ups, and some new recorded dialogue. Now, more than three years after its premiere, Justice League is going back to reshoots, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Ben Affleck (Batman), Henry Cavill (Superman), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), and Ray Fisher (Cyborg) will return for about a week of reshoots, reports THR. This is notable not least because of the ongoing dispute between Warner Bros. and Fisher. The actor has alleged that Joss Whedon — who stepped in to rewrite and finish production on Justice League when Snyder stepped down from the project after a family tragedy — cultivated an abusive on-set environment, and that his misconduct was enabled by then-Warner Bros. executives Jon Berg and Geoff Johns.
With new footage comes new costs, and The Wrap reports that the new budget for Snyder’s recut of Justice League is now $70 million, up from an estimated $20 million to $30 million when the project was announced in May. The final version of the Snyder Cut will debut on HBO Max sometime in 2021. Snyder has indicated that his version of Justice League could be up to four hours long, and may premiere on the streaming service in television event-like segments.