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Jared Leto’s Joker joins Justice League Snyder Cut

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Jared Leto is reporting having one more laugh as the Joker, after joining the reshoots for the “Snyder Cut” of Justice League.

The original film, which was released in 2017, saw Bruce Wayne enlist the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman worked quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against the threat – including Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash.

That film was completed by Joss Whedon, after Snyder stepped down from the helm due to a family tragedy. But after a campaign from fans to see Zack Snyder’s original vision, HBO eventually announced it would release a new, four-hour cut as a miniseries on HBO Max. With that set for a release in 2021, Snyder has been busy assembling a cast for reshoots and additional footage.

While Ben Affleck, Ray Fisher and Amber Heard have reportedly been on set for the extra filming, one figure has emerged as a surprise addition: Jared Leto. Leto played the Joker in 2016’s Suicide Squad and, according to THR, will reprise his role – despite not appearing in the 2017 movie at all. How he fits into Snyder’s original vision of a wider DC Cinematic Universe is not yet clear, but with producers Jon Berg and Geoff Johns (former studio executives who oversaw Whedon’s finishing of the film) both removing their names from the Snyder Cut, it’s clear that the filmmaker is completing this project in his own way.

Justice League Snyder Cut reported to cost $70m

26th September 2020

If ever you doubted HBO’s commitment to bringing Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League to the screen, a report from The Wrap this week reveal that they’re prepared to pay $70 million for it.

The original film sees Bruce Wayne enlist the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat – including Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash.

That film was completed by Joss Whedon, after Snyder stepped down from the helm due to a family tragedy. Whedon’s reshoots and rewrites leFt fans unhappy with the end result, and have even led to an investigation into allegations of mistreatment by the cast. After a campaign from fans to have the Snyder Cut released, HBO eventually announced it would release a new, four-hour cut as a miniseries as HBO Max exclusive in 2021.

Initially, that was expected to be made up of footage Snyder had already shot, with the director insisting that he would not be using any of Whedon’s footage. But now, it’s become apparent that reshoots will be taking place to record new footage – on top of the unseen video that was teased in the show’s first trailer, such as big bad Darkseid, a redesigned Steppenwolf, Superman in his black costume and a glimpse of Iris West (Kiersey Clemons), who was cut from the original film.

What was first thought to have a price tag of around $20 million, though, is now expected to cost a total of around $70 million – a mind-boggling budget for a film that has essentially already been finished and released, and had an expensive previous reshoot in the process. The reshoots will take place in October, with Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot and Ray Fisher to return as Batman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg – Henry Cavill has told Collider, however, that he will not return for reshoots.

That higher cost no doubt includes the expensive safety measures needed to film during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the cast members’ fees, but it underscores not only how much stock HBO is placing in fan appetite for the project, but also how seriously it’s taking the idea of creating original, exclusive content for HBO Max.

Watch: Full trailer for Justice League: The Snyder Cut

23rd August 2020

“Hallelujah!” fans of Zack Snyder may well have cried when HBO Max confirmed that it will release the director’s extended four-hour cut online in 2021. And the first full trailer takes that cry literally, giving us a look at the new version of the story with Leonard Cohen singing in the background.

The original film sees Bruce Wayne enlist the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat – including Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash.

That film was completed by Joss Whedon, with reshoots and rewrites leaving fans unhappy with the end result. After a campaign from fans to have the Snyder Cut released, HBO announced it would release a new, four-hour cut as a miniseries. Yesterday, Snyder took part in DC’s online event, DC FanDome, to debut the new trailer.

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The video teases the new footage that will take the cut to its extended length, including big bad Darkseid, a redesigned Steppenwolf, Superman in his black costume and a glimpse of Iris West (Kiersey Clemons), who was cut from the original film.

There’s still no word yet on where the HBO Max title will end up in the UK. Watch this space for more on that. For now, here’s the trailer:

HBO Max releases Snyder Cut teaser

21st June 2020

Barely a month has passed since HBO confirmed that it will actually release the Snyder Cut of Justice League, and it’s already released the first teaser of the recut film.

The new subscription service, which launched last month in the US, announced before its launch that it would be adding to its array of exclusive content one of the most hyped exclusives in recent memory: Zack Snyder’s version of the superhero blockbuster Justice League.

The film sees Bruce Wayne enlist the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat – including Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash.

After Snyder stepped down from the film, following the tragic death of his daughter, Joss Whedon was brought in to steer the remainder of post-production, ultimately rewriting and adding various scenes. #ReleaseTheSnyderCut first became a social media cry soon after and, against all the odds, has actually resulted in HBO planning to release the reworked movie as apparently originally planned.

How will it differ? Fans can find out in 2021. Until then, here’s a brief glimpse:

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HBO Max will actually release Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League

20th May 2020

HBO Max will officially release Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League, Warner Bros. has announced.

The new subscription service, which launches in the US later this month, is unlikely to ever arrive in the UK, with HBO already having deals in place with Sky Atlantic and co-producing a number of UK shows for American streaming, such as BBC’s Ghosts and Channel 4’s Home. Nonetheless, its launch marks another big moment in the shifting landscape of streaming media, as the industry tries to fight back against the disruption of Netflix – and, as more streaming services pop up around the world, drives the competition for exclusive and original content to even fiercer extremes.

HBO has just moved that bar to a new high with the announcement today that it will “#ReleaseTheSnyderCut”, after fans called for the version of Justice League to be unveiled.

In Justice League, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

#ReleaseTheSnyderCut first became a social media cry in 2017, after Snyder stepped down due to the tragic death of his daughter, and Joss Whedon was hired to steer the remainder of post-production and rewrote and added various scenes.

Rather unbelievably, the demands for the rumoured Snyder’s cut of the film haven’t abated since, and today, Snyder announced during a live online commentary of his film Man of Steel that the cut would, indeed, be released in 2021 on HBO Max.

The Justice League screenplay, according to HBO’s press release, is not credited to Joss Whedon but to Chris Terrio, with a story by Chris Terrio and Zack Snyder, based on characters from DC, Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The film’s producers are Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, with executive producers Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas, Jim Rowe, Ben Affleck, Wesley Coller, Curtis Kanemoto, and Chris Terrio.

“I want to thank HBO Max and Warner Brothers for this brave gesture of supporting artists and allowing their true visions to be realised. Also a special thank you to all of those involved in the SnyderCut movement for making this a reality,” said Snyder.

“Since I got here 14 months ago, the chant to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut has been a daily drumbeat in our offices and inboxes. Well, the fans have asked, and we are thrilled to finally deliver. At the end of the day, it really is all about them and we are beyond excited to be able to release Zack’s ultimate vision for this film in 2021. This could never have happened if it weren’t for the hard work and combined efforts of the teams at HBO Max and Warner Bros. Pictures,” commented Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, Warner Media Entertainment and Direct-To-Consumer.

“When Zack and Debbie shared the extraordinary vision of where Zack wanted to take Justice League, my team and our counterparts at Warner Bros. took it as a mission to solve the many issues that stood in the way,” commented Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer at HBO Max, President, TNT, TBS and truTV. “Thanks to the partnership at Warner Bros. and the relentless pursuit of the entire WarnerMax team we are able to deliver this incredibly exciting moment for Zack, the fans and HBO Max.”

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