June 27, 2022
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is making Zack Snyder’s Justice League available for digital purchase starting July 19.
The four-hour director’s cut of the 2017 Justice League film was released as an HBO Max exclusive in 2021. It was later released on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD disc and DVD, but those copies did not include access to a digital edition of the film, and it remained a digital exclusive to HBO Max.
A sequel to 2013’s Man of Steel and 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the film tells the story of Batman and Wonder Woman’s attempts to recruit a team of heroes to defend Earth against an alien threat. During production, director Zack Snyder clashed with the studio over the creative direction of the film, particularly in the wake of lackluster box office results for BvS. He eventually left the project following the death of his daughter, and was replaced by Joss Whedon, who conducted extensive reshoots to reduce the film to a studio-mandated two-hour running time.
Fans of Snyder’s previous two films who felt the Whedon cut didn’t match their tone or wrap up the storylines in a satisfactory way began petitioning the studio to “Release the Snyder Cut,” which become a popular meme. Studio bosses didn’t seem interested in providing the funds for Snyder to complete the visual effects for his longer cut of the film, until former corporate parent AT&T decided to pursue the project as a selling point for the new HBO Max streaming service.
The cast includes Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg and Ezra Miller as The Flash. Screenplay credit for Zack Snyder’s Justice League goes to Chris Terrio, from a story by Chris Terrio & Zack Snyder and Will Beall, based on characters from DC Comics. The film’s producers are Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder, with executive producers Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas, Wesley Coller, Jim Rowe, Curtis Kanemoto, Chris Terrio and Ben Affleck.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League will be available to own digitally in high-definition or standard-definition from participating digital retailers.
Bonus materials, which will vary by retailer, include a six-minute “Building a Scene” featurette about bringing the film to life; the 24-minute “Road to Justice League” in which Snyder reflects on making his DC trilogy; and the “Justice is Gray” version of ZSJL that presents the film in noirish black-and-white.
A trilogy bundle also will be available starting July 19 that will contain Man of Steel, the Batman v Superman Ultimate Edition (the three-hour director’s cut of that film), and Zack Snyder’s Justice League.