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The DC Extended Universe has had a unique run, especially where Justice League is concerned. The highly anticipated Snyder Cut is finally becoming a reality on HBO Max, with Zack Snyder being given millions for reshoots, visual effects, and editing. But despite the movie's home on streaming, some fans are still hoping it might get a theatrical run. And now the filmmaker has responded to these calls.
The theatrical cut of Justice League hit theaters back in 2017, resulting in a disappointing performance at the box office. And after years of fan campaigning, the Snyder Cut will be released in 2021 in four hour-long installments on HBO Max. The 300 filmmaker recently addressed the possibility of his alternate cut hitting theaters, saying:
I love the movies, I love the theatrical experience, I'm a huge advocate. If it's possible I would love there to be a theatrical component to Justice League. It's a little above my pay grade as far as distribution. The reality is the way distribution works, Warner Bros. and HBO Max they have to make deals with all these different territories and there's this super complicated process of how they sell the movie. But barring that and with any kind of luck, in places where maybe HBO Max doesn't exist or something like that, there might be an opportunity to grab some IMAX screens.
Well, there you have it. It looks like Zack Snyder would be happy to see the Snyder Cut of Justice League arrive in theaters, although this decision is above his pay grade. Warner Bros. and HBO Max have ultimately made the decision to make the project a reality, no doubt hoping moviegoers will sign up for the new streaming service when it is finally released.
Zack Snyder's comments to Ping Pong Fix shows how complicated the film industry can be. This is especially true for Justice League's journey, which has had plenty of twists and turns. And while DC fans are holding out hope that the Snyder Cut might hit theaters, there are some roadblocks to that possibility. But perhaps this could still happen in regions where HBO Max is unavailable. Only time will tell.
The theatrical cut of Justice League is currently on HBO Max, which will be the eventual home of the Snyder Cut. You can use this link to sign up for the streaming service.
Anticipation for the Snyder Cut's release has been steadily building since it was announced that the alternate version of Justice League was actually going to be completed. Zack Snyder's budget is absolutely wild, as the filmmaker's original vision and world building will finally come to fruition next year. The first trailers have teased some of the massive changes to the movie's story, as well as the inclusion of previously cut characters.
While the Snyder Cut will get its release on HBO Max sometime in 2021, perhaps it'll eventually be able to hit theaters years later. Obviously the goal for Warner Bros. is to get new subscribers for the streaming service with the long-awaited version of Justice League. But perhaps after an appropriate time (and fiscal return) the studio will allow the four-part series to be seen on the big screen. Fingers crossed.
The Snyder Cut is expected to hit HBO Max next year at an unknown date. In the meantime, check out our 2021 release list to plan your trips to the movies next year.