Last Wednesday, Warner Bros. announced that director Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League will be available exclusively on WarnerMedia’s soon-to-launch streaming service HBO Max in 2021. What’s more is that the filmmaker will be going back and redoing scenes and visual effects to the alleged tune of $20 – 30 million.
If you’d like a good recap of the drama that led to this, check out this article.
In my initial review of the original 2017 Justice League on Letterboxd, I commented that the film seemed to be cobbled together with competing visions. It had lots of potential, but all of it was buried under a pile of Whedon-esque bromides that didn’t fit with the rest of the dark vision of the DC Extended Universe. You can love or hate Snyder’s approach, but at least it was a uniform vision.
This is a very smart move on Warner Bros.’ part. It’s a great way to get people to sign up for their new streaming service. I’m definitely interested in seeing this new cut, albeit just for morbid curiosity. I’m sure the movie will be marginally better, but still “meh” overall. But I’m holding off until 2021. No sense in signing up until then, even if they do have exclusive new Looney Tunes shorts. I’m a patient guy.