Justice League Snyder Cut: A win for internet fan culture, a miracle for DC die-hards and a cash grab for HBO Max
A victor that might come at a cost..
HBO Max is the latest of a string of new streaming services all competing for Netflix’s crown and hoping to take over what’s become the most profitable form of television. The Service launched a few days ago and while it has an incredible catalogue from everything created or owned by Time Warner (think Warner Brothers , DC comics, HBO, The CW and shows like Friends), it certainly needed a little boost in marketing to build up some hype in the same way Disney Plus did for it’s launch. And HBO Max found that hype provider in something DC fans and Internet fan culture has been clamoring for three years now, Justice League, the Zack Snyder Cut.
For those of you who are somehow uninitiated (how are you on this article though?),Justice League is a Warner Brothers DC comics film released in 2017 which was essentially at the time meant to be DC’s answer to 2012’s The Avengers and the success it created afterwards for Marvel and the Marvel Cinematic Universe(MCU) franchise of films. During the final part of its production however, director Zack Snyder, the key creative visionary for Justice League and it’s sister DCEU movies faced a family tragedy in the loss of a child due to suicide and hence left the project before it was completed. This happened at a time where the DCEU franchise was in very turbulent waters, with Warner Brothers often interfering in the production of films to make them more like the MCU competition in hopes of matching it’s success and profits, and Justice League was no different. Key story elements and the ending were changed, with many plot points Snyder had put being outright scrapped and the film that was released to audiences being a hodgepodge of confusing plot points and uneven story beats. It wasn’t surprising that the movie was for all intensive purposes, a disappointment to both Warner Brothers and fans of the DCEU and once it was known that it wasn’t the movie Zack Snyder originally made, fans started demanding the original Snyder cut on the internet. Petitions were started, multiple fan conventions had mobs screaming for the movie’s release and #ReleaseTheSnyderCut has been on Twitter for three years now. What’s even more interesting is the cast of the movie as well as Snyder himself asked for the movie to be released both on social media and in interviews. So if you were anyone into superhero or comic culture, chances are you came across word of the Snyder Cut, be it rumors of a release or just another group of people begging or demanding it’s release. And now HBO Max will finally grant them that wish, as the Snyder Cut will officially be released next year exclusively on that service.
He's coming... to HBO Max pic.twitter.com/tthWwAqzWp— Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) May 27, 2020