Zack Snyder’s Justice League, the four-hour director’s cut of the superhero epic that released to poor critical and commercial reception in 2017, will debut on the HBO Max streaming service on March 18. The director had previously said on social media site Vero that Zack Snyder’s Justice League would be released in March. Now, it’s official.
Snyder on Friday published three consecutive posts at Twitter to share three posters for the film, with the release date displayed at the bottom. “Fallen,” he wrote in his first tweet, which showed the Justice League shield in the rubble. “Risen,” he wrote in the follow-up tweet, which showed a torn Justice League flag waving above piles of debris. “Reborn,” he wrote in tweet number three, which showed a slightly open can of film.
In an interview with ComicBook, Snyder outlined how much of his Justice League is new compared to the 2017 Joss Whedon-directed theatrical release – including reshoots that involved Jared Leto’s Joker. He said “A very small portion of the movie is the new stuff that I shot. Like 80-something per cent of the movie has never been seen by anyone, visual effects-wise, and that’s not even including the scenes that you guys have never seen that don’t have visual effects.”
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Here’s the film’s official synopsis: “In ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE, determined to ensure Superman’s (Henry Cavill) ultimate sacrifice was not in vain, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) aligns forces with Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) with plans to recruit a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions. The task proves more difficult than Bruce imagined, as each of the recruits must face the demons of their own pasts to transcend that which has held them back, allowing them to come together, finally forming an unprecedented league of heroes. Now united, Batman (Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) may be too late to save the planet from Steppenwolf, DeSaad and Darkseid and their dreadful intentions.”
Earlier Snyder departed the project before its completion and was replaced by Avengers director Joss Whedon. The circumstances behind his exit is a mystery. While the official reason given at the time suggested that the filmmaker wanted to grieve the passing of his daughter, others reported that he had a strained relationship with the studio, and was fired.