It’s official. HBO Max will stream Zack Snyder’s edit of Justice League in 2021.
The director made the announcement at the end of a live Q&A session during a watch party for Man of Steel on the Vero social media platform. The news comes after nearly three years of fans rallying around the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut hashtag on social media, petitioning Warner Bros. to make public the rumored alternate version of Justice League. As time went on, there were whispers that Snyder’s edit was significantly different from the theatrical version completed by Joss Whedon after Snyder left the project following his daughter’s suicide.
Despite denials from the studio that a “Snyder Cut” even existed, fans were fueled by images Snyder himself posted to social media. This included a photo of film storage cans for a “Director’s Cut” with a running time of 214 minutes.
“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,” said Snyder.
Several members of the cast got in on the act, using the hashtag in their own social media posts. Jason Momoa posted that he had seen the Snyder Cut, which added more fuel to the enthusiasm from fans. The possibility of finally seeing it was getting more real by the month.
“Since I got here 14 months ago, the chant to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut has been a daily drumbeat in our offices and inboxes. Well, the fans have asked, and we are thrilled to finally deliver. At the end of the day, it really is all about them and we are beyond excited to be able to release Zack’s ultimate vision for this film in 2021. This could never have happened if it weren’t for the hard work and combined efforts of the teams at HBO Max and Warner Bros. Pictures,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, Warner Media Entertainment and Direct-To-Consumer.
I (and the @WarnerMedia team) have been so impressed – and moved – by the passion exhibited by the #releasethesyndercut fan base. Stories matter, storytellers matter. Am thrilled for @ZackSnyder and the team that will be bringing this story to all of us as fans. What a great day. pic.twitter.com/mLEvWjB75z
— Jason Kilar (@jasonkilar) May 20, 2020
“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,” said Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer at HBO Max, President, TNT, TBS and truTV. “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.”
Snyder and his wife were both participating in the live watch, with Henry Cavill joining them for the Q&A on May 20.
— Dany Garcia (@DanyGarciaCo) May 20, 2020
“Thanks to the efforts of a lot people, we’re excited to bring fans this highly anticipated version of Justice League,” said Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “This feels like the right time to share Zack’s story, and HBO Max is the perfect platform for it. We’re glad the creative planets aligned, allowing us to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut.”