If you’ve been waiting for an excuse to sign up for HBO Max, this is it.
Zack Snyder’s cut of The Justice League — a release long demanded by fans disappointed with the slipshod way Joss Whedon finished the film — is coming to the streaming service next year. It will be presented in four one-hour installments, a miniseries in lieu of a feature film. The first trailer dropped at Saturday’s DC FanDome event, and there’s a lot to unpack (although it appears that Ryan Reynolds really was kidding about being in the Snyder cut so far.)
With one brief exception, the only audio in the trailer is Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” a choice that makes the Snyder Cut seem less like a popcorn superhero movie and more like an ambitious epic, the kind of serious film Snyder was making before the tragic suicide of his daughter caused him to step down.
When he came on board well into the post-production process, Whedon rewrote the script, did lots of reshoots, and cut an hour and a half of footage. The end result is that the Justice League that was released was brighter than Snyder’s vision. This trailer is decidedly not bright, a sign that Snyder’s vision for the film is finally coming to fruition.
The trailer is a series of shots separated by quick fades to black, more a series of indelible images than a preview of the story of the film. The one exception is a brief clip that appears after “Hallelujah” ends, a sort of epilogue to the trailer.
“This guy’s probably fought hundreds of thousands of other superbeings on the other planets he’s destroyed, right? And we have to assume he’s won,” Ezra Miller’s The Flash says to his compatriots.
“I don’t care how many demons he’s fought in how many hells, he’s never fought us, not us united,” Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne replies, setting up the stakes for the film, the third in a trilogy that began with Man of Steel and continued with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, two films that are not (and not meant to be) light-hearted.
Zach Snyder’s Justice League, as the miniseries will be known, will hit HBO Max some time in mid-2021.