The Snyder Cut Is Real, and It's Coming to HBO MAX in 2021

Nerdy Nook: Movies
Erik Gjetmundsen
May 20, 2020
by Erik Gjetmundsen
Justice League
Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

We thought it was finally gone. We thought people had finally moved on. We were so, so wrong. 

For those unaware, #ReleaseTheSnyderCut is practically a movement that started almost 4 years ago when DC fans realized that while their lifelong nerd dream of seeing the Justice League up on the big screen had technically come true, the actual end product left a lot to be desired. 

There are many complications surrounding Justice League's production that contributed to its messy end result, but all you really need to know is that during post-production, Zack Snyder had to leave the film due to a family tragedy. Joss Whedon of lighthearted, zippy, fun Avengers like fame was chosen as Snyder's replacement. Reshoots happened, and many fans believe that the drastic differences in the directors' styles caused Justice League to suffer. 

Instead of the (likely) dark, gritty, (likely) 4 hour epic that fans expected from Snyder's version of The Avengers, Justice League ended up as a far more comedic, <2 hour tonal mess. 

And then #ReleaseTheSnyderCut was born. 

"This can't be possible." "This was supposed to be JUSTICE LEAGUE!" "It's the studio! They're to blame!" "They're always sticking their greedy nubs into true artists' work!" "The TRUE Justice League has to be locked away in Warner Bros. headquarters somewhere! IT HAS TO BE!"

(^dramatization^)

From here and for about 3 and a half years, #ReleaseTheSnyderCut would go on to become a sort of cringey internet meme. To be honest, the ridicule this hastag was met with was drastically overblown. People all over the internet tried to insist that the people who "supported" #ReleaseTheSnyderCut were whiny, entitled manchildren, and while I'm sure many (many) of them probably were, it's probably safe to assume that most of them were just DC fans who at one point retweeted something they read about something they thought would be neat. I mean, I hated The Rise of Skywalker, and if I had good reason to believe that a supposedly better version existed out there, I'd be inclined to want to see it. 

Anyways, there's your greatly condensed history of #ReleaseTheSnyderCut. Which brings us to today. 

Earlier today, Zack Snyder hosted a virtual screening of Man of Steel. There was a Q&A after, and it was during that that the director announced that his original intended version of Justice League would be releasing on HBO Max next year. 

This seems like a pretty easy idea. HBO Max, along with every other streaming platform, is all of sudden facing a lot more competition, and having something as mythical as The Snyder Cut in their library could go a long way among certain groups of ravenous content consumers. 

So, what can we learn from the saga of #ReleaseTheSnyderCut? Never, ever, ever, give up on your dreams. I may not have ever really been a DC movie fan, but damn if I'm not happy for them right now. Congratulations y'all. I genuinely hope it's everything you ever wanted. 

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Justice League - Warner Bros.
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