Despite coming out back in 2017, the conversation around Zack Snyder's Justice League hasn't slowed down. If anything its gained more speed in the past year or so, as the campaign for the Snyder Cut continues to gain steam. Every week brings new images and information about the alternate version of Justice League, which followed Snyder's original vision. The 300 filmmaker confirmed its existence this week, but we can also surmise how long that cut of the blockbuster would be. And it's long.
Zack Snyder uses the application Vero to communicate with the fans, often revealing new images from Justice League's unseen footage. He did just that yesterday, confirming the existence of the Snyder Cut with film cartons and a not-so-subtle caption. But if you look closely, they reveal how many minutes that cut runs. It looks like that version of Justice League clocks in at 214 minutes, aka 3.5 hours. Holy long superhero flick, Batman.
You can check out Zack Snyder's Vero post below. And look a bit closer to see the movie's lengthy runtime.
Yeah, that would have been a long one. Zack Snyder had a a massive vision in mind for Justice League, doing a ton of world building, while also telling a distinct story. But after departing the project due to a family tragedy, Joss Whedon came in to complete a decidedly different version of the blockbuster. And it looks like the Snyder Cut will be a long one, if it ever becomes available.
This news is sure to excite the many fans who are actively part of the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement. The online campaign began shortly after Justice League was released, as the theatrical cut was vastly changed from the origin movie that Zack Snyder was shooting. Snyder was the original architect of the DC Extended Universe, kickstarting the massive franchise with Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. So one can only imagine what his original plans for Justice League were.
Zack Snyder has certainly taken note of the Snyder Cut movement, often thanking fans for their support and sharing new images on Vero from his Justice League. Plenty of content was left on the cutting room floor when Joss Whedon came into complete the project in time for its planned release date. This includes some major set up and footage from the newcomers to the DCEU. For instance, Willem Dafoe and Kiersey Clemons filmed scenes as Nuidis Vulko and Iris West respectively, with both of their roles being cut for the theatrical cut.
All of this new information about the Snyder Cut will no doubt fuel the fire of the ongoing campaign. But the reality of trying to get that version of Justice League out to the masses is complicated. Mostly because it seems unlikely that Warner Bros. would spend any money to complete and distribute the blockbuster. Justice League was a box office bomb when it hit theaters in 2017, so the studio might be unwilling to throw more money into its re-release.
Additionally, the visual effects of the Snyder Cut are likely incomplete. Warner Bros. switched its resources over to the theatrical cut of Justice League, so there should be plenty of CGI that wasn't finished. So either more money is needed to complete the project, or the Snyder Cut would remain an incomplete project.
Regardless, the campaign for the Snyder Cut continues. And with new revelations about its existence and runtime, we should expect the discussion to continue.
The next installment in the DCEU is Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) on February 7th, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies. And our 2020 release list to look ahead toward the New Year.
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