Zack Snyder is set to release his newest version of the film, Justice League (2017), on March 22nd, 2021. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past 3 years and need a quick recap, the Snyder-Cut is one of the most impactful events in current pop culture history and has revolutionized exactly how the media can influence an entire corporation into completing such an impossible goal: releasing Zack Snyder’s version of a film that came out four years prior. To be able to carry out this objective, Zack Snyder and the rest of the crew involved with the film will have to resume production of the movie, reshoot portions, and even edit entire chunks of a film; this would barely cater any profit for the studio. It seems tedious for them and even unnecessary; but, even if it may be an unnecessary task, they did do it, and the fanbase are ecstatic for what will come next. A trailer for the film, released on Valentine’s day, spilled plenty of unseen footage that has not been shown until now.
The trailer first pans out to Superman wailing in pain from what seems to be an alternate angle of his death in Batman Vs. Superman (2016) at the hands of Doomsday, the abomination created by Lex Luthor to kill the god of men. His screams are heard all across the world as he draws his final breath. The rest of the trailer gives us some first looks into the main antagonists of the movie, with Darkseid taking center stage and Steppenwolf (The original antagonist in the Joss Whedon version) getting a new revamped look as Darkseid’s greatest disciple. Granny Goodness, one of Darkseid’s most trusted lieutenants and obedient servants, can also be seen in a couple of frames alongside Darkseid and Desaad. Darkseid is given a brand new look as well, looking much thinner than he does in the other shots of the movie while keeping that threatening look that makes the character so menacing. We get new shots of Batman’s “Knightmare” dream as he gains a premonition of the coming future in which Darkseid plagues the earth. In the last seconds of the trailer, we see Jared Letos’s take on the Joker looking to unite with Batman to save what’s left of their home. His look has changed drastically from when we saw him in Suicide Squad. His ridiculous tattoos and flashy apparel have been swapped for a more dark and horrific appearance as if he has just broken out of Arkham Asylum. Cyborg is also seen to have survived the apocalyptic event as well.
The trailer is one of two that have been released in a year, with still much more to be revealed. Zack Snyder has leaked some other components of his film through his Twitter page and other social media outlets—some of which we will explore in the latter parts of this series. His Twitter has been key to the movement for the film to get the green flag ever since he lost that chance during production to give us his final vision for the DCEU he predominantly created.
The movie is looking to be released next month on the streaming platform: HBO Max. For such a huge movie, to have it release on a streaming service and not on the big screen is a disappointment for many fans, even if the past two years haven’t been disappointing already. Nevertheless, the movie is coming out, which was seen as not even a possibility ever since the movement started. To think that a company as big as Warner Brothers would take such a huge risk and even consider making this movie seems bizarre. Even many of the cast and the director himself, Zack Snyder, heavily addressed that the movie has a very small chance of even beginning production nonetheless finishing it. The movie was first announced to be released at a Man of Steel Commentary in May of 2020, where Zack announced that the cut will officially be coming out sometime in 2021. Fans never thought the day would come where they could even glimpse upon the film, it’s an incredible moment for DC fans and all fans of any franchise alike; the people made it possible.
The movie was first announced to be separated into a 4-part mini-series due to the length of the movie ranging up to about 5 hours, but after careful consideration, it will release as a singular film.
We saw some additional footage from the first trailer that aired during the DC Fandome event—the latest DC digital event in which the most recent content has been announced, such as the Batman and Suicide Squad—from Zack Snyder’s panel for the convention. He describes the hardships that he and the fans had to experience to get to the point where they are now and discusses it with some founders of the #releasethesnydercut movement and the cast of the movie.
So far, we know that the movie will have 3 hours of unused footage more than the theatrical release. Snyder has claimed that his take on the film is almost “unidentical” to the theatrical cut in plenty of his tweets discussing the movie. It will explore the time-traveling mechanic of Flash’s speed and the dark origin of Ray Fisher’s Cyborg while also distributing a kick-ass team-up film. Zack Snyder is known for his dark and gritty takes on popular media that gives it that grounded look, almost reminiscent of the Alan Moore graphic novels, like Watchmen, which in particular, he did an adaptation of; this movie will be no different. The Snyder-Cut’s biggest distinction from the “Josstice League” is that it will be given an R-rating from the MPAA.
The official synopsis has already been released from several advertising campaigns as stated below:
“In Justice League, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.”
(Zack Snyder’s Justice League 2021, DC)
Zack Snyder’s Justice League, directed by Zack Snyder, starring Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Ray Fisher, Jason Mamoa, and Ezra Miller, will be streaming on March 22, 2021, on HBO Max.
IGN. “Zack Snyder’s Justice League – Official Trailer (2021) Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot.” YouTube, 14 Feb. 2021, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZceaOc_V9M. Accessed 15 Feb. 2021.
These images were used from Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021)