We did it! We actually fucking won!! Zack Snyder will now get the chance to complete and showcase his original vision of Justice League on HBO Max.
Snyder, alongside wife and producer Debbie and surprise guest Henry Cavill, unveiled the news during a Man of Steel watchalong on the social media, Vero.
The announcement with the official poster in typical Snyder fashion in black and white sent the fans and Twitter into overdrive.
It was quickly followed up by The Hollywood Reporter story that gave the load down of how this all happened.
To give some background, Zack and Debbie had to step away from the project due to a family tragedy. The studio replaced him with Avengers director Joss Wheldon for reshoots and post-production.
The movement began after the release of the DC team-up movie was in theatres with fans have been calling and petitioning for Warner Bros to release the filmmakers original cut of the film instead of the Frankenstein mess that was released.
This included advertisement at UK football matches, San Diego Comic-Con and even a Times Square billboard! On the second anniversary to the film’s release, there was a significant push by the fans, and now even the stars got involved as Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck adding their voices.
This was the moment things changed at Warner Bros as the morning after the Snyder’s agent told them Toby Emmerich, Chairman of Warner Bros, acknowledged the movement and asked the creative pair, “This is real. People out there want it. Would you guys ever consider doing something” Zack recalls.
This was a big thing for the studio to admit as Emmerich was a big target for the fandom, but what has no doubt helped was the emergence of HBO Max.
Even Deborah stated this fact, “With the new platform and streaming services, you can have something like this. You can’t release something like this theatrically, but you could with a streaming service. It’s an opportunity that wasn’t there two years ago, to be honest.”
As now the Warnermedia streaming service will launch on May 27, and the project will debut in 2021.
As THR reports, it’s unsure whether Snyder’s Justice League will be a four-hour director’s cut or split into six episodic chapters and will be getting a production cost of $20-30 million to get his vision completed.
“It will be an entirely new thing” Snyder states and admitting he hasn’t seen the version released in theatres, but from what has been shared with him as revealed, “you probably saw one-fourth of what I did.”
Now the filmmaker will be reassembling much of the original post-production crew to score, cut, adding new and finishing old visual effects and possibly bringing back the original cast to record additional dialogue (and maybe some additional photography).
After the phone call with their agent, the Snyders began moving the puzzle pieces to figure out how to finish it. Then in early February, the couple invited a number of the top execs from WB, HBO Max and DC to their home to watch his version in black and white.
Those who were in the room included Emmerich, Carolyn Blackwood (Chief Operating Officer), DC Films chief Walter Hamada, HBO Max’s Kevin Reilly, Sandra Dewey and Sarah Aubrey and DC’s Jim Lee.
Once the screening was over, Snyder outlined two concepts: one full film release or cutting it up into chapters and having cliffhangers. Everyone left the room pumped and that it was real, until coronavirus hit and knocking plans into haywire.
Deborah recalls, “People thought, ‘It won’t be possible to rump up, and that maybe this should go on the back burner.’ But we said, ‘No, this is the right time’ because out visual effects houses that rely on so much are running out of work, so now is the time to be doing this.”
Throughout last month (April), Snyder began reaching out to his extensive cast. The first being Ray Fisher, who played Cyborg, in a classy move as Zack has previously stated that Victor Stone was the heart of his film and what’s lovely is Fisher’s reaction telling Zack “You’re kidding me, right?”
Obviously, there’s no schedule going forward, which is perfect as HBO Max and WB can plan their marketing and the post-production houses can work on the move. Meanwhile, the Snyders have a chance to do character development and add with Darkseid making his live-action debut.
The most significant thing is that both Zack and Deborah have closure on a project that they were forced to let go and I wouldn’t be surprised if the end of the film will have a “for Autumn” which hits at the heart now.
Finally, Zack knows it was fan power that led to this moment. “Clearly this wouldn’t be happening without them.” The director also praises the studio to living up to its reputation of being a filmmaker’s studio.
“This return to that pedigree and to let my singular vision of my movie be realized, in this format, in this length, is unprecedented and a brave move.”