Zack Snyder has once again confirmed his directors cut, the “Snyder Cut,” of Justice League exists, this time citing photographic evidence as proof.
Snyder shared an image to his Vero account of several film reel shipping containers with the label “Z.S. JL Directors Cut.” The containers further reveal that the running time of the Snyder Cut is 214 minutes. Overlaid on the image is “Is it real? Does it exist? Of course it does,” which seems to confirm the existence of the long-rumored Snyder Cut.
Now that this confirmation is about as official as it can be, hopefully, the debate can now move beyond that hangup. Given, Snyder doesn’t confirm the level of VFX completion, sound mixing, and other post-production activities. We know a significant amount of VFX was completed and the original Junkie XL score was completed, but there’s still post-production work to finish, although any cost to complete will be more than recouped via a release, especially if it goes to HBO Max, where its exclusivity would be a major boom to a service starving for original release day exclusives.
The production process for Justice League was infamously troubled, and the movie ultimately failed to meet expectations at the box office. After Snyder left Justice League following a family tragedy, director Joss Whedon was called in to complete reshoots that reportedly gave the film a lighter tone. Rumors of a Snyder Cut of Justice League quickly began gaining traction online, and several people involved with the production, including Snyder himself, have publicly discussed that version of the movie. Some, like Aquaman star Jason Momoa, claims to have seen the Snyder Cut, though exactly what state that version of the film is in remains unclear.
Next up for the DC Extended Universe is Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), slated for release Feb. 7, 2020; Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 1984, coming June 5 2020; James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, which arrives August 6, 2021; and Matt Reeves’ solo Batman film, which will swing into theaters June 25, 2021.