After four years of memes and speculation, the Snyder Cut of Justice League will finally see the light of day (even if it did take millions more to actually finish it). On Friday, Zack Snyder and HBO Max announced that Zack Snyder’s Justice League will be available to stream on March 18.
Justice League was originally directed by Snyder before he had to drop out of the project due to a family tragedy. Joss Whedon then took over the reshoots and completed the film that eventually hit theaters in 2017. The film was a critical and box office disappointment, but in the wake of the failure, social media posts from fans, and eventually everyone involved, spawned an idea that somewhere there existed a second cut of the movie that was closer to Snyder’s original version.
In 2020, HBO finally gave into the years of fan campaigns — some of which turned extremely toxic — and announced that while the Snyder Cut didn’t technically exist, the company would give Zack Snyder the budget to finish a version of the movie. Now the time has come to see what Snyder has wrought.
According to what we can piece together from his statements over the years, it seems like Snyder’s version of Justice League is much darker than the original, supposedly even featuring an R rating. The film is also supposedly nearly four-hours long, but we’ll have to wait until release day to find out for sure.
Along with the release date, WarnerMedia and HBO Max also released an updated plot summary for the Snyder Cut and three posters.
In Zack Snyder’s Justice League, determined to ensure Superman’s (Henry Cavill) ultimate sacrifice was not in vain, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) aligns forces with Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) with plans to recruit a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions. The task proves more difficult than Bruce imagined, as each of the recruits must face the demons of their own pasts to transcend that which has held them back, allowing them to come together, finally forming an unprecedented league of heroes. Now united, Batman (Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) may be too late to save the planet from Steppenwolf, DeSaad and Darkseid and their dreadful intentions.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League will be available to HBO Max subscribers for free when it’s released on March 18.