Depending on how you look at it, Zack Snyder’s Justice League is easily the most confusing superhero movie ever the most unnecessary, or the coolest. The original film, Justice League, in case you forgot, already came out in theaters way back in 2017. So, the impending HBO Max release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League is, by basic definition a re-release of a film everyone has already seen. Or is it?
Here’s what to know about the release date for Zack Snyder’s Justice League and what’s up with its whole deal.
When is the release date for Zack Snyder’s Justice League?
As of January 2021, HBO Max and Warner Bros have confirmed that Zack Snyder’s Justice League will hit HBO Max on March 18, 2021. This was teased by showing everyone a black-and-white film canister depicting unseen superhero footage, like spilling out into the world. Keep in mind, Zack Snyder stopped directing Justice League the first time around, because he suffered a harrowing personal tragedy involving the death of one of his children. Joss Whedon “finished” the movie, but the idea behind this re-release is that it’s the original movie that Snyder wanted to make all along.
— Zack Snyder's Justice League (@snydercut) January 29, 2021
Is Zack Snyder’s Justice League actually in black-and-white?
Shockingly- no! Despite the fact that so many of the promotional images for this re-released movie are in black-and-white, the movie will be in color. Yes, we’ve heard that Superman’s famous “black suit” will appear in the new film, but that doesn’t mean the movie lacks color. It’s going to be a regular Superhero movie in that respect.
Has there ever been a Superhero movie like Zack Snyder’s Justice League?
Indeed there has. Back in the late ’70s and ‘early 80s, Richard Donner directed two-parts of the first couple of Christopher Reeves’ Superman films, conventionally known as Superman and Superman II. However, the stories were basically written as one script, so in Donner’s Superman II, Marlon Brando would have continued to speak to Supe from beyond the grave in the Fortress of Solitude. However, by the time Superman II was released, a different director — Richard Lester — took over the new cut of the film, which led to a toned-down Superman II, that also didn’t feature Marlon Brando.
However, in 2006, Warner Bros released the Donner-Cut of Superman II, which restored the movie to what Donner intended. That said, the movie strangely has the same ending as Superman I, because Donner had intended it for this film. This means, if you have a roughly 2006-boxed set of Superman movies, you’ll see Superman turn the Earth back in time at the end of the first two movies in exactly the same way.
Will Zack Snyder’s Justice League create similar wonkiness with the continuity of the current DC Warner Bros movies? We’ll have to see!
Zack Snyder’s Justice League will hit HBO Max on March 18, 2021.
You can stream the theatrical version of Superman II on HBO Max.
The Donner Cut of Superman II is available for rent on Amazon Prime.