Turns out, after all the petitions that were signed and the myriad of fans that made themselves heard over the various forms of social media, that Warner Media was planning on releasing Zak Snyder’s original version of Justice League all along. The delay has been due to a lot of red tape and legal logistics that had to worked out prior to the cut could ever seeing the light of day. Now don’t we all feel silly?!?
In a recent interview, HBO Max content chief Kevin Reilly mapped out to Business Insider, the long, arduous process necessary to make this all happen:
“I forget when Zack and Deborah first gave us the sense of where they were heading, but even from that meeting, me and my team felt it was something we really wanted to do. There were a lot of issues involved to figure out how we could deliver on his vision, and a myriad of legal issues. We’ve been sitting on this for quite some time but working on it. It was obviously a secret project given the high level of interest, but we were chipping away at it piece by piece. There was some strategy but also some serendipity in how we got over the hurdle of some of those issues just before the launch.”?!?
But that’s only half of it. It’s estimated that an additional $20-30 million will be required to finish the work on the film before HBO Max can air it.
In a separate interview, Warner Media Chairman Bob Greenblatt, who appeared on Recode Media podcast earlier this week, basically scoffed at that figure saying:
“It isn’t as easy as going into the vault and there’s a Snyder Cut sitting there to put out. It does not exist. Zack is actually building it and it’s complex including…new VFX shots, it’s a radical rethinking of that movie and it’s complicated and wildly expensive. I’ll just say I wish it was just 30 million and stop there. It’s an enormous undertaking and very complex.”
It certainly sounds like they’ve got their work cut out for them. With much of the unseen footage incomplete, the original post-production crew is being re-assembled to score the film, add VFX and finally cut it all together as originally intended. The cast is also being brought back to record the additional dialogue required.
Despite all these pieces that are in motion, HBO Max and Snyder have yet to commit to the format for the cut’s final release. For a film that’s almost four-hours long, it could easily be a miniseries or they could decide to blow their load and air the cut intact. I guess we’ll find out next year. Stay tuned.