Following the news that rumoured ‘Snyder Cut’ of Justice League is to be released, the director Zack Snyder has released a teaser image from the new cut of the film on his twitter.
The image appears to be early CGI shot featuring the DC villain Darkseid; who does not appear in the theatrical version of the film. Darkseid was mentioned in the theatrical cut of Justice League and events in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hint at his existence; Snyder has stated there were plans for Darkseid to make an explicit appearance in Justice League, but his scene was cut…until now.
In the comics Darkseid is a tyrannical ruler and former prince of the planet Apokolips; is an extremely powerful and dangerous higher inter-dimensional ‘God of Evil’. Darkseid’s ultimate goal is to conquer the universe and eliminate all free will and sentient beings.
Since 2017’s Justice League was released there have been rumours if we would ever see the ‘Snyder cut’.
Snyder confirmed, at the end of an online screening of Man of Steel, that his version of Justice League was indeed real. And that it will be coming exclusively to HBO Max, the new WarnerMedia digital streaming service launching May 27, and is expected to debut in 2021.￼
It is currently unclear what form Snyder’s Justice League will take. Whether it will be released as an almost four-hour director’s cut or split into six “chapters” has yet to be decided, but the Snyder’s (with wife and producing partner, Deborah Snyder) are now in the midst of reassembling much of their original postproduction crew to score, cut, add new and finish old visual effects, and, yes, maybe bring back many of the actors to record additional dialogue.
Also unclear is the cost of the endeavour. One source has pegged the effort in the $20 million range, although another source says that figure could be closer to $30 million. The parties involved had no comment.
“It will be an entirely new thing, and, especially talking to those who have seen the released movie, a new experience apart from that movie. You probably saw one-fourth of what I did”.
Zack Snyder tells The Hollywood Reporter, noting that, to this day, he has not watched the version released in theaters.
Deborah Snyder added:
“With the new platform and streaming services, you can have something like this. You can’t release something like this theatrically, but you could with a streaming service. It’s an opportunity that wasn’t there two years ago, to be honest”.