Fans are looking forward to the debut of Zack Snyder Justice League on HBO Max next year were thrilled to hear that a new trailer to mark the third anniversary of the theatrical release is coming up today. They probably feel a little cheated right now, because what has fallen is actually an updated black and white version of the teaser trailer from the DC FanDome virtual event in August ̵
The August trailer was removed from YouTube earlier this month due to disputed music rights issues – the trailer was tuned to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Now these problems are solved and Snyder noted the case with this latest black and white proposal, the soundtrack of Cohen intact. (You can watch the full color version here.)
Obviously Snyder’s perfect vision for Justice League will be a black and white version of IMAX. “For me, this is the most centered of the fans, the cleanest, the most Justice League experience because that’s how I lived with the film for two years, in black and white, “he told The Film Junkee recently in an interview.
As previously reported, the original Justice League, released in 2017, was the third film in the trilogy to include Man of Steel (2013) and Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). He brought together Ben Affleck’s Batman and Henry Cavill’s Superman with Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Lightning (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher). Snyder finished all the main photography and was a lot in the post-production, but he left the post of director in May 2017 after the tragic suicide of his daughter,
Joss Whedon took on the director’s duties to complete the film. Whedon rewrote the script, adding about 80 pages, and made extensive remakes. He also cut more than 90 minutes of Snider’s original footage to meet the studio’s stated 120-minute lead time, although Weden’s version retained the basic outline of the story. The result was what some critics called a Frankenstein film that struggled to incorporate the very different visions of two directors. The reviews were mixed and while Justice League liquidated with a profit of $ 657 million, the estimated point of uncertainty is about $ 750 million.
Fans began pushing for an alternative “Snyder cut” soon after the theatrical release, launching a social media campaign that sometimes became ugly. In May, during a virtual party to watch for Man of Steel, Snyder confirmed that his cut will be broadcast on HBO Max, insisting that it will feel like a completely different film, with new sequences of visual effects, further character development and some added dialogues. It is reported to cost about $ 70 million to complete the editing and visual effects, along with additional photography; for Snyder, his directorial cut will include four to five minutes of newly filmed scenes.
During the online panel of DC FanDome, Snyder confirmed that his section will be broadcast on the streaming platform in four one-hour installments. In addition to being darker in tone, Snyder said that Steppenwolf’s character (Ciarán Hinds) has been reworked and that Steppenwolf’s uncle, Darkseid (Ray Porter), will be the main villain. Darkseid did not appear in the original theatrical edition at all, so this will be the first appearance of the character in a live film.
Since then, Snyder has confirmed that Jared Leto’s Joker will also appear in directing; the character did not appear in the theatrical edition in 2017, but Leto participated in the remakes. There is no sign of the Joker in this updated trailer, but we notice Batmobile taking down aliens and a Cyborg watching from the window while the children play football on the street below. And yesterday, Fisher shared a photo on Twitter in which Cyborg used a hologram to peek into some of his mother’s boxes – a key point in the plot of the original film, which is apparently preserved in Snyder’s clip. We will have to wait in good faith for a new trailer to learn more.
Zack Snyder Justice League will debut on HBO Max in 2021.
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