Since the release of Zack Synder’s ‘Justice League’, fans of the DC Universe have been demanding a re-release of the film with deleted footage. While the edition has always been considered a ‘long-shot’, the Snyder-Cut finally got to see the light of day on an afternoon where the entire DC Universe seemed to elevate at once. Zack Synder and the team at DC released the revamped trailer for the new four-hour cut of Snyder’s rendition of ‘Justice League’. On the same afternoon, the James Gunn-led ‘Suicide Squad 2’ also released new promotional materials. Once considered at the back of the line in superpower-driven cinema, DC has a chance to regain ground in an unusually quiet year for cinema thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
When the Snyder Cut, as it came to be known, first began circulating it was little more than a fan-made attempt at regaining some of the expectations that had been failed when the original ‘Justice League’ had been released. Despite decent box-office returns, ‘Justice League’ was largely panned by critics, and the film was seen as a failure by industry insiders. As director Zack Snyder became more public about the struggles the production had behind the scene, as well as the existence of alternate material, fans rose to a fervor to receive the coveted ‘Snyder Cut’. On August 22, 2020, those fans saw their dream become a reality with ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ officially landing a trailer.
Behind the scenes of Zack Snyder’s work on ‘Justice League’, there were many reports of changes being made against Snyder’s wishes. Snyder would leave the production behind in 2017 while handing the film off to director Joss Whedon. The film would endure further production struggles as the budget continued to balloon, extending production dates and costing the studio even more money. Reports from cast-members also began to circulate about conditions on set being less-than-ideal, even for the stars of the film. Among the most dogged of detractors of the Whedon-cut of ‘Justice League’ was actor Ray Fisher who portrays Cyborg in the film. Fisher stands to see his screen presence rise dramatically in the new extended cut of ‘Justice League’ with the addition of several new storylines for his character to explore.
The release announcement of ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ as well as ‘Suicide Squad 2’ came during the DC FanDome online event. During the panel conducted at the DC FanDome, Snyder would reveal the new Snyder Cut Trailer which can be accessed on every major streaming website. The film is set to release on HBO’s new streaming service, HBO Max. The film has a runtime of nearly four hours with an optional viewing format consisting of four separate one-hour episodes. This new episodic format may become a fan favorite as the Justice League teaser released at DC FanDome hinted at several new storylines and characters.
The Zack Snyder ‘Justice League’ trailer instantly went viral on social media websites like Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit. Early reactions to the trailer were focused on additions to storylines surrounding Fisher’s Pre-Cyborg football career, the death of Silas Fisher, and the addition of the revered villain, Darkseid. Other notable additions to the old version of ‘Justice League’ include a reference to The Flash’s time-traveling ability. While some fans have publicly presented concerns regarding the changes to the film, these worries seem to have been assuaged by the marketing surrounding the production’s re-release.
Early reactions to the trailer would reveal a different tone than the original ‘Justice League’ had intended to convey, marking Snyder’s clear and direct influence on the new edit of the film. Since the release of ‘Justice League’ in 2017, Snyder has yet to release his next directed project. Snyder spent time during the last three years working on two feature films, ‘The Fountainhead’ and ‘Army of the Dead’. Zack Snyder is most well-known for his work directing ‘Watchmen’, ‘300’, and ‘Man of Steel’.