Zack Snyder’s Justice League, better known as the “Snyder Cut” of the 2017 superhero movie Justice League, has a release date on HBO Max. And it’s really, really soon.
On January 29, director Zack Snyder and studio Warner Bros. released new teaser posters for Zack Snyder’s Justice League. The posters, all black and white, contained a release date of MARCH 18, 2021, along with one word: “Streaming.”
The film (and yes, it is a film and not a four-hour miniseries as previously reported) will stream on the WarnerMedia platform, HBO Max.
You can see the posters, including an extremely hammy one with a destroyed film canister containing unraveled celluloid film, in the embeds below.
A new villain? — Perhaps most interesting, the official new synopsis for the Snyder Cut mentions three villains the Justice League will need to defeat: “Steppenwolf, DeSaad, and Darkseid.” Steppenwolf was in the original movie and Darkseid was already confirmed, but DeSaad’s involvement is news to us.
The March 18 release date is one of the definitive final details about the fabled “Snyder Cut” before its release on HBO Max. The saga has been a long one, dating back to just after the movie’s lukewarm release in November 2017 and fans demanding to see Zack Snyder’s version that was lost when director Joss Whedon took over.
When Snyder left production of Justice League in early 2017 to tend to his family after the death of his daughter, The Avengers director Joss Whedon (who did script rewrites for Justice League) took over duties and oversaw the film during reshoots. As we’d later learn, this led to more alleged trouble on set, with actor Ray Fisher speaking up against Whedon and the “enablers” of DC Films.
I will also selfishly take some credit in the “Snyder Cut” as I interviewed the crew of Justice League, including cinematographer Fabian Wagner, who confirmed very early on that there was so much unused material for a director’s cut.
Real momentum for the Snyder Cut started in late 2019 when Justice League stars, including Ben Affleck (who had left his Batman role far behind him at that point), tweeted the hashtag #ReleaseTheSnyderCut. Months later in 2020, Zack Snyder confirmed on a Vero livestream the arrival of Zack Snyder’s Justice League for the newly-launched HBO Max platform in 2021. A trailer was released during the summer weekend event DC FanDome.