In a move to energize fans of DC Comics and the pending May 27 launch of HBO Max, WarnerMedia May 20 revealed it would stream director Zack Synder’s highly coveted director’s cut of Justice League in 2021.
Snyder disclosed the news this morning during a live online commentary of his pending movie, Man of Steel with Henry Cavill. #ReleaseTheSnyderCut first became a social media cause among fans in 2017 and has not let up among cinephiles and comic book fans.
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“I want to thank HBO Max and Warner Brothers for this brave gesture of supporting artists and allowing their true visions to be realized. Also a special thank you to all of those involved in the SnyderCut movement for making this a reality,” Snyder said in a statement. “Since I got here 14 months ago, the chant to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut has been a daily drumbeat in our offices and inboxes.”
Originally released in 2017, Justice League features a team of well-known superheroes (Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash) inspired by Superman and his ally, Diana Prince, to fight a new global threat. The movie generated $657 million at the global box office.
Kevin Reilly, chief content officer at HBO Max, and president of TNT, TBS and truTV, said Synder’s cut of the Justice League wouldn’t have happened without the combined efforts of the teams at HBO Max and Warner Bros. Pictures.
“When Zack and Debbie shared the extraordinary vision of where Zack wanted to take Justice League, my team and our counterparts at Warner Bros. took it as a mission to solve the many issues that stood in the way,” Reilly said in a statement. “Thanks to the partnership at Warner Bros. and the relentless pursuit of the entire WarnerMax team we are able to deliver this incredibly exciting moment for Zack, the fans and HBO Max.”