Zack Snyder reveals that his version of Justice League is only adding four to five minutes of footage into a total runtime of four hours.
Zack Snyder recently revealed that his Justice League reshoots are only adding an additional five minutes of footage to the film, which has a total runtime of four hours. During the production of the two-hour, 2017 version of Justice League, Snyder left the project due to a family tragedy and was replaced by Joss Whedon, who altered the film to align with the Warner Bros’ plans for the DC Extended Universe. The 2017 version of Justice League became steeped in controversy, and fans quickly realized that the movie was different from what Snyder had in mind. This caused the launch of a fan campaign under the hashtag #ReleaseTheSnyderCut, which is finally becoming a reality next year.
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This time, Zack Snyder’s Justice League is reported to have a runtime of four hours and will air as a miniseries on HBO Max in mid-2021. In the meantime, Snyder has been keeping fans excited with lots of promotional images, and a new Justice League trailer is coming out next week to celebrate the third anniversary of the movie’s original 2017 release. Fans have responded positively to all the footage released so far, but some have questioned Snyder’s authenticity and have even accused him of “cheating” and shooting additional scenes, making a whole new movie rather than what was originally intended for the 2017 Justice League.
In a recent interview with Beyond The Trailer, Snyder debunked these rumors and assured fans that only four to five minutes of new footage will be added into Justice League’s total runtime of four hours. He asserted that the film is going to be a pure extraction from script to screen, and that there are no focus groups manipulating what will be shown to fans. Read a quote from Snyder below:
“I mean, I think it’s valid because on one hand I will say that in the end it’s probably going to be four or five minutes of additional photography for the entire movie. In the four hours that is Justice League, maybe four minutes. And I don’t know if you’ve seen a lot of movies, there’s a few, but there’s not a lot of movies that have four minutes of additional photography beyond what was shot in principle. Most movies have quite a bit more than that, and most movies, you know, the cool thing about this film is that it is a pure extraction from the script that Chris and I worked on, which Chris wrote. It is directly from the page through the prism that is the experience that is making the movie, working with these amazing actors, and then creating this epic story. And there’s no focus groups. We don’t do any of that. This is just straight, straight back.”
Only five minutes of additional footage for any film is surprising, especially for a four-hour director’s cut. With Jared Leto’s Joker and Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke reportedly returning for the Snyder Cut, one would assume that a lot of new footage will be added, but it seems that Snyder will be sticking to the script. It may be easy for fans to accuse Snyder of creating an entirely new film based on the positives and negatives of the 2017 version, but Snyder claims that his focus remains on providing the most truthful, most genuine portrayal of the vision he had for the Justice League and his promise to the actors.
It’s no secret that fans have high expectations for Zack Snyder’s Justice League, especially after their disappointment with Whedon’s version of the movie and his behavior and controversies with the cast. However, with Warner Bros spending $70 million on the Snyder Cut and Snyder himself visibly passionate about the project, fans can anticipate a satisfying product to be released next year. And if Zack Snyder’s Justice League does well, perhaps the release of a Snyder Cut sequel will be on the horizon, too.
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Source: Beyond The Trailer
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