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Joe Manganiello Shoots New Deathstroke Scenes For Justice League

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It‘s a good thing the director’s cut of Justice League is four hours long. There’s no way they’d be able to fit all these characters in otherwise.

Days after the news that Jared Leto’s Joker would be added to Zack Snyder’s Justice League, the four-part miniseries version of Snyder’s cut of the DC Comics movie, comes word that Joe Manganiello is returning to the production to shoot additional material as Deathstroke as well.

According to Collider, Manganiello is shooting new material for the updated Justice League:

Back in May, when the so-called ‘Snyder Cut’ was first officially announced, Manganiello promised his fans on Instagram that it would include ‘the original post credit scene.’ While one could interpret that as, ‘there was footage left on the cutting room floor,’ our source explicitly said that Manganiello will be returning to the set for additional shooting.

Manganiello previously appeared in the Justice League theatrical cut’s post-credits scene, where he spoke with Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor about forming a group of super-villains to stand in opposition to the Justice League:

Manganiello clearly took the role of Deathstroke expecting it to lead to big things; he was rumored to appear in Ben Affleck’s version of The Batman, and would have appeared in a Justice League 2 had that original film been a big hit. Instead, those few seconds of screentime after the credits in Justice League remain his only appearance to date in the DC Extended Universe. We’ll see just how large his part in the expanded Zack Snyder’s Justice League is when it premieres on HBO Max in 2021.

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Jared Leto’s Joker Will Be Added to ‘Justice League’ Snyder Cut

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Thought the Snyder Cut was just going to be a longer version of Justice League? Joke’s on you.

We already knew the Snyder Cut of Justice League — officially, Zack Snyder’s Justice League — would run some four hours compared to the 120 minutes of the theatrical version that was completed by Joss Whedon after Snyder left the film during production. We also knew that Snyder was reassembling some of the film’s cast for reshoots in order to capture additional material that Snyder never got around to filming before he departed the first time. Now it seems as if he’s also adding entirely new characters to the film.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Jared Leto’s Joker, last seen in 2016’s Suicide Squad, will make an appearance in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, and is filming new material for the film:

Shooting is currently underway with Ben Affleck, Ray Fisher, and Amber Heard among those involved on top of Leto. It is unclear which other actors are involved. Even as the shoot rolls ahead, two producers who were involved with the theatrical movie are quietly moving to the side. Jon Berg and Geoff Johns, then-studio executives who oversaw the movie and the reshoot by Joss Whedon that was meant to salvage the failed movie, will not be receiving producer credits on the Snyder Cut, sources say.

Adding entirely new characters to Justice League really gives you a sense of how different this new cut of the film — which is technically a TV miniseries, since it will be released in four hour-long installments — will be from the version that played in theaters. But how will the Joker fit into the movie? While you could squeeze him into the main story somehow, he could also work as part of a new tag added to the closing credits. The film’s original post-credits scene featured Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor and Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke starting their own evil version of the Justice League. Joker would fit right in with that crew — assuming you had some footage of him to insert into the scene.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League will premiere on HBO Max in 2021.

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The One Big Difference Between ‘Logan’ and ‘Dark Knight Rises’

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Logan and The Dark Knight Rises have a lot in common. They’re both big movies that ended franchises, from directors making their big final statement about a character that helped define their career. They’re both about older, retired versions of their respective heroes, who are first seen as decrepit, slow, a shell of their former selves, who need to return to the superhero game to save someone or something they care deeply about.

But even with all those things they have in common, Logan and The Dark Knight Rises have one big difference that’s the reason Logan became one of the most acclaimed superhero movies in history and The Dark Knight Rises became a footnote in the legacy of Christopher Nolan’s Batman. ScreenCrush’s latest video explores everything these Marvel and DC movies have in common and that key scene that defines each film. Watch it below:

If you liked this video comparing Logan and The Dark Knight Rises, check out more of our videos below, including our comparison of Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man, our comparison of Justice League and Avengers, and our comparison of Iron Man 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. (We’re really into comparisons, obviously.) Plus, there’s tons more over at ScreenCrush’s YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to catch all our future episodes.

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Aldis Hodge Will Play ‘Black Adam’s Hawkman

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The Justice Society of America is coming together.

When DC teased Black Adam at its recent online “FanDome” event, one of the big surprises and major selling points, was the fact that the movie would include the Justice Society of America, DC’s original super-hero team (they pre-date the Justice League by decades). During the Black Adam panel, star Dwayne Johnson only revealed one other member of the cast: Noah Centineo, who will play the gigantic Atom Smasher. Now we’ve learned he’ll be joined by Aldis Hodge, who will play DC Comics mainstay Hawkman in the film.

Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter on the rest of Black Adam’s Justice Society:

An enticing factor for fans is the introduction in Black Adam of the Justice Society of America, a multi-generational group that preceded the Justice League. Characters Atom Smasher (to played by Noah Centineo), as well as Doctor Fate and Cyclone, who have yet to be cast, will figure into the story.

Hodge, who recently appeared in the excellent 2020 remake of The Invisible Man, will get to play one of the most famous DC heroes — and one that could conceivably return in many other DC movies. Black Adam has a long-standing feud with Shazam, so there are a lot of opportunities for a crossover there. (A Shazam 2 is already in the works.) Plus, the way Johnson spent DC FanDome weekend calling out the Justice League and the rest of the DC movie universe really suggests Warners wants to make some kind of Justice League vs. Justice Society movie down the line. That would really be a big, beefy movie.

Black Adam is scheduled to open in theaters on December 22, 2021.

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Warners Will Spend $70 Million on the ‘Justice League’ Snyder Cut

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Let’s put this to rest: Clearly, the Snyder Cut was never finished.

For years, Zack Snyder fans clamored for Warner Bros. to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut of Justice League that they claimed was sitting around in a vault somewhere just waiting to be unleashed on the world. They begged and screamed and cajoled and fought and finally Warners acquiesced, announcing that Zack Snyder’s Justice League would premiere soon on HBO Max. What we’re seeing now it that the movie didn’t exist, at least not in completed form. If it did, Warner Bros. would not be spending all this money to finish it now.

They are spending a lot of money on it. According to TheWrap, the Snyder Cut has a budget of “around $70 million.” Earlier reports claimed Snyder would not reshoot anything for his director’s cut, with the money going to finish effects shots that had never been completed. This week we learned Snyder will reconvene much of his original cast to shoot material that was never completed back in 2017.

According to Wikipedia, the theatrical cut of Justice League had a budget of $300 million, meaning the new version could cost almost 25 percent of the original. For further comparison, Shazam’s entire budget is estimated at $80 million. So the completion of the Snyder Cut is a major, major undertaking for Warner Bros. It’s going to need to bring a lot of eyeballs to HBO Max to be considered a success. Zack Snyder’s Justice League — all four hours of it, broken into a quartet of hourlong episodes — is expected to premiere on HBO Max at some point in 2021.

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Zack Snyder Planning ‘Justice League’ Reshoots With Original Cast

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Die-hard Zack Snyder fans will finally get their wish when the “Snyder Cut” of Justice League premieres next year. But by now it should be clear that this director’s cut never really existed before, at least not in a finished, screenable form. Snyder and his team are now working on finishing the special effects — and soon will reassemble much of the film’s cast for reshoots in October.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Snyder will bring back several of the film’s stars for new material that Snyder never got to shoot before he left the project for personal reasons midway through the original production:

The shoot, which will turn the “Snyder Cut” into a four-episode limited series, is expected to bring back Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman for new scenes. Also set to appear on the call sheet for what is expected to be a week-or-so-long shoot is Ray Fisher as Cyborg.

Fisher is currently scheduled to attend despite an ongoing investigation into accusations that Snyder’s replacement as director of Justice League, Joss Whedon, engaged in “misconduct and abuse while reshooting Justice League.” Fisher has yet to make his specific allegations public, but he’s claimed that Whedon’s supposed abusive actions were “enabled” by Warners and DC executives Jon Berg and Geoff Johns. Warner Bros. has since begun looking into Fisher’s claims, although they’ve also said publicly that Fisher was “not cooperating” with their investigation. (He disagreed.) Most reports on Snyder’s original vision of Justice League claim Cyborg was meant to be a much more important part of the team and the story, so his participation in reshoots will be very important.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League is expected on HBO Max in 2021. The finished product will be four hourlong episodes, rather than a single film. No wonder they need to shoot more stuff.

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Avengers vs. Justice League: The One Key Scene

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It doesn’t take a brain the size of Tony Stark’s to know The Avengers and Justice League have a lot in common. They’re both stories about groups of lone superheroes who band together to fight a threat too big for any of them to individually handle. The teams that are formed initially struggle to work together, then find common ground as they become even greatest heroes.

Of course, The Avengers went on to become one of the most successful movies in cinema history while Justice League flopped so badly that its original director is now recutting it into a four-hour miniseries to try to make things right. How did two similar movies produce such totally different outcomes? Our latest Screen Fights video pinpoints the scene that both movies share that secretly reveals why Avengers worked and Justice League didn’t. Watch it below:

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‘Justice League’ Snyder Cut Will Supposedly Fix Lois/Martha Scene

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The first trailer for Zack Snyder’s cut of 2017’s Justice League was released as a part of DC FanDome, and fans are already buzzing about what it could mean for the new release. One element of Justice League that will be revised in the Snyder Cut? The heart-to-heart between Martha Kent (Diane Lane) and Lois Lane (Amy Adams) that occurs after Kent’s death in Batman v Superman. As it appears from the trailer, the exchange will be much more somber than the original. This already feels like a major improvement, considering the fact that both characters are still grieving at this time in the film.

The Martha/Lois scene also takes place in a completely different location. Rather than conversing in the The Daily Planet’s headquarters, we now see Martha and Lois in Clark’s apartment. The location switch should add a new level of intimacy to their exchange, considering they’re no longer in a public space. Also, it means there won’t be any of that “Aliens Stole My Husband” news story playing on the TV in the background. This should help ground the scene more, instead of trying to squeeze a few uncertain laughs during a tough moment.

Their dialogue will potentially be altered as well, considering Joss Whedon’s version included quite a few clunky lines. For example: Martha’s description of how banks “jump like a cougar if you miss by a dime.” Like, who talks like that? One can also assume that Martha will no longer tell Lois that Clark described her as the “thirstiest” woman he ever met. That’s just plain awkward. Aren’t we supposed to be sad here? Luckily, the Snyder Cut trailer hints that the scene will have a major tonal realignment.

The Snyder Cut is set for a 2021 release on HBO Max.

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Someone Recut ‘Avengers’ To Look Like a Zack Snyder Movie

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With the upcoming movie of DC Comics’ The Flash, Warner Bros. has announced its intent to fully explore the DC Multiverse in movies; to showcase characters audiences love in multiple versions all at the same time. You might see Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne in The Batman months removed from Ben Affleck’s Batfleck and Michael Keaton’s older Dark Knight in The Flash. 

The possibilities once you begin to accept the idea of multiple realities are basically endless. Just think of all the universes out there: A universe where Ben Affleck made his version of The Batman. A universe where James Cameron actually directed the Spider-Man movie he spent much of the 1990s developing. A universe where Marvel went bankrupt in the 1990s and DC bought its characters and combined its superheroes into their own universe.

Or what about a universe where Zack Snyder directed Avengers: Endgame instead of Justice League? That is the wild alternate reality on display in this YouTube video, which creates a new teaser for Avengers: Endgame and Infinity War in the style of the new teaser for Zack Snyder’s director’s cut of Justice League. Watch:

It’s amazing what a little Leonard Cohen, some creative editing, and a lot of close-ups of superheroes looking sad or angry will do for you. At the very least, you can’t say Snyder doesn’t have a distinctive authorial style. Zack Snyder’s Justice League premieres on HBO Max in 2021.

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Are ‘The Batman’ and ‘Joker’ Set in the Same Universe?

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Where Batman goes, the Joker tends to follow. So it’s only natural that fans are already trying to figure out: Could 2019’s Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix in an origin story for the Clown Prince of Crime, actually share a cinematic universe with The Batman, featuring Robert Pattinson as the Dark Knight during his formative years?

It’s an intriguing theory. And ScreenCrush’s latest video tries to figure out whether these two movies can potentially share a universe. On the surface, it definitely seems possible. In fact, there are some clues in the new teaser that Joker, which took place in the 1980s, could actually be a prequel to The Batman, and perhaps that the murder of the Waynes we saw at the end of Joker is actually the way Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne loses his parents. There’s really just one big problem with this theory … to find out what it is, watch the video below:

If you liked this video on the possible connections between The Batman and Joker, check out some more of our videos below, including our video on all the Easter eggs in The Batman trailer, our breakdown of the Justice League director’s cut teaser, and our comparison of Iron Man and Man of Steel. Plus, there’s tons more over at ScreenCrush’s YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to catch all our future episodes. The Batman opens in theaters on October 2, 2021.

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The ‘Justice League’ Snyder Cut Is Four Hours Long

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Apart from the debut of the full trailer, the DC FanDome panel for Zack Snyder’s Justice League — AKA “The Snyder Cut” — did not include much additional information about the production. We already knew Snyder was finally making his director’s cut of Justice League that he didn’t get to finish in 2017 when he left the production during shooting. What we did not know, before today, is that his director’s cut will be screened as four hourlong episodes on HBO Max.

Yes, that’s correct: The Snyder Cut of Justice League is four hours long. In case you missed it, here’s the full trailer for Zack Snyder’s Justice League from DC FanDome:

Snyder did promise during the panel that the film would contain sequences that audiences never saw in theaters, including something involving the Flash’s “quantum” powers. The teaser also includes Darkseid, who never showed up onscreen in Justice League at all. Here’s the film’s synopsis:

In Justice League, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, 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.

All four hours (!) of Zack Snyder’s Justice League premiere on HBO Max in 2021.

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Hallelujah, Here’s The First ‘Justice League’ Snyder Cut Trailer

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Zack Snyder’s never been one for subtlety.

So of course he picked “Hallelujah” as the soundtrack for the first official trailer for the “Snyder Cut” of Justice League. Officially titled Zack Snyder’s Justice League, the film will give fans what they have been clamoring for since 2017: Snyder’s originally intended version of the movie, prior to his departure during production for personal reasons. After all their desperate pleas, the thing is actually happening.

This first full Justice League trailer from DC FanDome barely looks like the compromised version finished by Joss Whedon that opened in theaters three years ago. The characters are mostly the same, but some have different costumes — including Henry Cavill’s Superman, who’s got a black and silver version of his famous uniform — while others appear in different locations. (What’s the Flash up to in all those super-speed sequences?) Plus, there’s a cameo by Darkseid, and the finale includes a really cool shot of the seven main DC heroes about to hop on Batman’s jet. Watch the trailer here:

Here’s the film’s synopsis:

In Justice League, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, 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.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League premieres on HBO Max in 2021.

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Dwayne Johnson Reveals First Look at His Black Adam Costume

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DC FanDome is upon us. In a few minutes, a back-to-back-to-back onslaught of all of of Warner Bros.’ upcoming DC Comics movies begins. While The Suicide Squad and the director’s cut of Justice League might be getting the most attention, we’re the most curious about Black Adam, the long-in-the-works Shazam spinoff starring Dwayne Johnson. The movie has been rumored for years — four years ago, we were writing about Warners’ plans to split Shazam into two movies, one for the hero and one for Black Adam, his frequent antagonist — and this will be one of the first time we hear the concrete plans for the movie.

Even before the Black Adam panel, we’ve already got our first look at Johnson’s superhero costume. He unveiled it himself on his Instagram account, with a video hyping the movie’s FanDome panel, and featuring his voice announcing “The hierarchy of power in the DC Universe is about to change.”

You can watch the whole thing below:

The costume looks close to the character’s signature comic book look with a heavier emphasis on armored pieces on the arms and shoulders. (Black Adam tends to have more of a Spandex-y kinda suit.) We can expect more from Black Adam during its DC FanDome panel today at 6:10PM ET.

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Matt Reeves Unveils First ‘The Batman’ Poster and Logo

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It looks like Warner Bros. is going all-out for this DC FanDome virtual convention they’ve got planned this weekend. Hours after Zack Snyder unveiled the first pre-teaser of his director’s cut of Justice League, The Batman director Matt Reeves debuted his own first look at his movie on Twitter, revealing for the first time the movie’s official logo, along with a poster for the movie by DC Comics legend Jim Lee:

Here’s a better look at Jim Lee’s poster, which features his interpretation of The Batman featured in Reeves’ movie, portrayed by Robert Pattinson:

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You can see how closely Lee mirrors the design of The Batman’s Bat-costume in this behind-the-scenes photo from the film’s European shoot. The gauntlets and shoulder pads are particularly distinctive:

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The red and black from both the logo and the poster mirrors the look of the very first footage of Pattinson in costume that was released to the web late last year:

So why all the red and black? Maybe we’ll find out during The Batman’s DC FanDome panel this Saturday, August 22 at 8:30PM ET. The film is scheduled to open in theaters on October 1, 2021.

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The First ‘Justice League’ Snyder Cut Teaser Is Here

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At least one of the marquee attractions from this weekend’s big DC FanDome virtual convention has been revealed. At 5:30PM ET, Zack Snyder will unveil the first teaser for his long-awaited director’s cut of Justice League. After years of non-stop campaigning from fans, WarnerMedia relented and agreed to let Snyder finish the movie as he originally intended before he left the project in the middle of production.

The new film, titled Zack Snyder’s Justice League, is expected to debut on HBO Max next year. The full teaser debuts on Saturday during FanDome — but a brief teaser of the teaser is here right now. Watch:

The DC FanDome event — which has grown so large, DC announced this week that they’re splitting it into two totally different yet connected weekends — will run all day Saturday, August 22. In addition to Zack Snyder’s Justice League, there will be panels for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam, and Matt Reeves and Robert Pattinson’s The Batman. (The full list of spotlighted panels is here.)

As for the Snyder Cut itself, thus far it … still pretty much looks like the Justice League we saw. But presumably the finished version will look vastly different than the non-Snyder Cut. Otherwise, what was the point of all this?

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Zack Snyder Teases His ‘Justice League’ Cut’s Different Villain

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Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League, referred to by fans as the Snyder Cut, won’t be out on HBO Max until 2021. But that doesn’t mean we won’t get plenty of sneak peeks leading up to then. As Snyder pieces together his version of the 2017 film, he’s been sharing glimpses into his creative vision. The latest comes in the form of a low-resolution image of  Steppenwolf, one that looks different from the villain we saw in Justice League. For anyone who needs a bit of a refresher, Steppenwolf is the leader of the Parademon army who signals the arrival of an even bigger villain, Darkseid. Check out the photo, which Snyder posted to VERO over the weekend:

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This new-and-improved Steppenwolf isn’t a drastic deviation from the original. He looks a bit taller, lankier, and spikier. The biggest difference between this version and the 2017 version is that this Steppenwolf appears to to be less humanoid and more beast. His horns appear to be fused into his skin rather than attached to his helmet. It’s hard to get a real look at his face due to the image quality, but it very well could be that Steppenwolf is much more menacing than we thought.

Hopefully, we’ll get a little more clarity at DC FanDome on August 22nd. The virtual event will feature panels on all things DC, and hopefully one of those panels will include a trailer for the Snyder Cut. Until then, you can always watch Ryan Reynolds’ creative take on Green Lantern.

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Ryan Reynolds Shares His Personal Cut of ‘Green Lantern’

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If you’re a devoted fan of DC Comics movies, you’re probably eagerly awaiting the Snyder Cut of Justice League. You’ve also probably heard about the alleged Ayer Cut of Suicide Squad. But what about the ultra-secret Reynolds Cut of Green Lantern? That’s right, Ryan Reynolds took the liberty of splicing together his own version of the 2011 movie. It’s 30 seconds of pure chaos. There’s a few particular “wow” moments here, including an appearance by Tom Cruise as Green Lantern, who is now apparently a Justice League member. Check it out below:

It goes without saying, but Reynolds’ “cut” is a spoof. Beginning with the footage of his own demise from the end of Deadpool 2, Reynolds infers that Cruise inherited the role of Green Lantern from him. The moment where Green Lantern joins the Justice League is a jab at Zack Snyder’s director's cut of Justice League, which is heading to HBO Max sometime next year. You see, there’s heavy speculation that Green Lantern will be included in the new-and-improved version of the 2017 movie.

Green Lantern was neither a critical nor a commercial success, and marked the untimely end of Reynolds’ portrayal of the character. Years later, Reynolds would star in Marvel’s Deadpool as the wise-cracking Wade Wilson himself. Wilson even makes a joke about Reynolds’ performance in Green Lantern, a meta self-reference that has become Reynolds' trademark.

The Reynolds Cut won’t be coming to a theater near you anytime soon. But it’s just a little bit of fun we can relive over and over again. Thank you, Ryan Reynolds.

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Zack Snyder Debuts First ‘Justice League’ Director’s Cut Footage

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While San Diego Comic-Con was going on remotely last week, Justice League fans held their own “JusticeCon,” which included an appearance by none other than once and future JL director Zack Snyder. Snyder is currently prepping what’s officially titled Zack Snyder’s Justice League — and colloquially known as the “SnyderCut,” even by Snyder himself — for its premiere on HBO Max some time in 2021. It’s still a long ways off, but Snyder did show a very brief bit of footage during his panel, the first glimpse of his previously unseen director’s cut.

The clip features a moment that was teased in the early Justice League trailers but was not featured in the finished film, which was completed by Joss Whedon after Snyder left the project for personal reasons. It features Alfred’s first meeting with a resurrected Superman, and shows Henry Cavill in Superman’s black costume, an homage to the classic “Death of Superman” storyline from DC Comics that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League liberally borrowed from.

Watch the clip below (along with Snyder’s entire JusticeCon panel):

Snyder did promise that we would see Superman in “massively glorious action” in this costume at some point during his director’s cut. We’re likely to see more footage from the SnyderCut at next month’s DC FanDome, DC’s own virtual con. It begins on August 22, and will be available to watch at home online.

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Henry Cavill Reveals Why He’s Most Excited to See the Snyder Cut

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If at first you don’t succeed, recut the movie and try again. 2017’s infamous superhero crossover Justice League is getting a cape-lift and a 2021 release, recut by the film’s original director Zack Snyder. The Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director had to depart from the project due to a family tragedy, so Avengers director Joss Whedon stepped in to finish things up in post. The resulting film is a mish-mash of styles and creative visions, receiving all around poor reviews and box office revenue. Now, Snyder will be releasing a revised cut on HBO Max, in an attempt to set things right.

In Variety’s latest Actors on Actors interview, Patrick Stewart spoke with Superman actor Henry Cavill about his Justice League experience. When asked about his opinions on the new “Snyder Cut,” Cavill replied that he didn’t know much more than we did, except that it’s going to be “Zack’s final vision” for the movie. Cavill continued, “I’m just really happy that Zack got to realize his vision. I think it’s important for a filmmaker and a storyteller to have their intended vision released and shown to the world, and I’m looking forward to seeing it myself. It’s been quite the ordeal.”

Cavill agreed that Justice League suffered from a “mix of visions,” and believes that watching the Snyder cut will be a “very enjoyable” experience. We can't wait to see it for ourselves.

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How the Snyder Cut Could Be Different From ‘Justice League’

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After many years, we’ve finally gotten our first look at Zack Snyder’s Justice League, AKA the Justice League director’s cut, AKA the SnyderCut. The first teaser, posted by Snyder on his Twitter account, gives us a glimpse of a scene that was cut from the theatrical cut of Justice League, along with a brief shot of Darkseid, the DC Comics mega-baddie who never even appeared in the version of the movie we’ve seen.

But what else can we learn from this trailer? ScreenCrush’s Ryan Arey thinks the teaser tells us a lot about how Snyder’s cut would be different from the theatrical cut, even though this clips is just 30 seconds long. His theories include how much of Darkseid we’ll actually see in the finished film, and how the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984 could connect to the new additions in the new Justice League. Watch the video below:

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Zack Snyder Reveals First Teaser For His ‘Justice League’ Cut

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Darkseid is coming.

That’s the main takeaway from the just-released first teaser for Zack Snyder’s Justice League, the director’s cut of the much-maligned DC Comics crossover movie. Years after the movie’s disastrous theatrical release, Snyder is now working on completing his original vision for the film, which was discarded after the director left the project for personal reasons midway through production.

The teaser shows a scene that wasn’t featured in the theatrical cut of Justice League, with Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman exploring some kind of tomb or crypt adorned with an ancient image of Darkseid, the big DC baddie who was referred to in Justice League but never actually seen onscreen. (Instead, of one Darkseid’s lieutenants, Steppenwolf, was the film’s main villain.) Take a look:

Here is the film’s official synopsis:

In Justice League, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, 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.

Snyder promises more will be revealed at Warner’s upcoming “DC FanDome” online convention, which will be held on August 22. Zack Snyder’s Justice League doesn’t have an official release date yet, but it is expected on HBO Max in 2021.

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A Bunch of DC Movies Are Already Leaving HBO Max

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If you want to watch the recent DC Comics movies on HBO Max, you better do it soon. Deadline reports that many of the DC movies on the service — including Justice League, Batman v Superman, Wonder Woman, and Suicide Squad — will all be leaving on July 1.

Apparently, this is not a rights issue as much as a deliberate strategy of cycling content on and off the service. More, via Deadline:

HBO Max will rotate a collection of DC films on the platform which launched on May 27. As the aforementioned films will fly up and up and away from the streamer, fans will still have the chance to watch Aquaman, Shazam!, Joker, Green Lantern and Supergirl. There will also be a new batch DC film hitting HBO Max in July and another in August.

The movies leaving in July will be back, but no timeline was given for their return.

As to why you would want to limit the amount of content your fans have available on a month by month basis, cycling movies onto the service every few weeks does at least create the illusion that there are “new” things to watch month after month. If you can convince customers that new stuff is always being added, that may encourage people to keep their subscription indefinitely.

On the other hand, HBO Max already charges customers a steep $15 a month, which is almost double what some of their competitors charge. One way to justify a subscription like that would be if HBO Max actually had all the Warner Bros. DC movies, and allowed you to watch them all together. (WarnerMedia also operates a DC Universe streaming service, with its own content library.) There’s a whole DC Comics tab in HBO Max. It seems odd to intentionally keep it from being as exhaustive and complete as it could possibly be. Regardless, you have a few more weeks to rewatch Halle Berry’s Catwoman before it disappears for a while.

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David Ayer Says ‘Suicide Squad’ Was Originally a ‘Soulful Drama’

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You can’t begrudge a guy for trying — especially when he’s watched others get exactly what he want doing exactly the same thing. Fans, spurred on by director Zack Snyder, hounded Warner Bros. until they agreed to fund a director’s cut of Justice League, and now Suicide Squad director David Ayer wants exactly the same thing. Since the announcement of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which is supposedly coming to HBO Max next year, Ayer has repeatedly talked up the possibility of doing something similar for Suicide Squad, which was a much bigger hit than Justice League, despite its compromised version of Ayer’s original vision.

After initially revealing that his director’s cut of the movie has “never been seen,” Ayer has now described how far the released film strayed from his initial intentions. Ayer tweeted that his version of Suicide Squad was a “soulful drama” until it was “beaten into a ‘comedy’” by Warner Bros. as a result of two market forces: The overwhelming success of the first Deadpool movie and the relative flop of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, also by Zack Snyder:

The released cut of Suicide Squad didn’t have a lot of soul — but hey, that’s exactly what Ayer’s saying executives took out.

Still, the same issue for any sort of #ReleaseTheAyerCut movement remains: Suicide Squad is already getting a sequel, The Suicide Squad, which is due in theaters next summer from a whole new creative team, including Guardians of the Galaxy architect James Gunn. Warner Bros. almost certainly wants to focus attention on the new movie, with its own approach and cast, rather than remind people of the film that most people didn’t like. With Justice League, they have nothing to lose. With Suicide Squad, they do.

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Henry Cavill In Talks To Play Superman Again

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Back in November, Henry Cavill said he had “not given up the role” of Superman yet and promised “There’s a lot I have to give for Superman yet. A lot of storytelling to do. A lot of real, true depths to the honesty of the character I want to get into.” But it had already been years since Cavill had played Superman, and Warner Bros. seemed to be focused on adapting new characters from DC Comics characters.

Well, Variety reports that Cavill’s words are coming true after all. Details are scant at this point, but Cavill is apparently “in talks to return as Clark Kent in an upcoming DC Comics movie.” Whether this would be a solo film or a team-up remains to be seen, along with what the creative team for such a project would be.

It would be quite a reversal from just a couple years ago, when the DC Extended Universe looked to be on death’s door after the poorly received Suicide Squad and the disastrous Justice League. Now Zack Snyder is working on a director’s cut of Justice League for HBO Max and The Suicide Squad sequel is about a year away. Despite the movies’ flaws, Cavill always made a very good Man of Steel. And hey, Superman came back to life after he was killed by Doomsday, too. Maybe this guy really is perfectly cast in this role.

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David Ayer Says His ‘Suicide Squad’ Has ‘Never Been Seen’

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If you thought Warner Bros. finally acquiescing to fan demands and releasing a director’s cut of Justice League would be the end of social media campaigning for new versions of widely disliked films, you would be wrong. With a Snyder Cut of Justice League in the offing, DC fanboys are now turning their attention to another recent movie that was only shown in theaters in butchered form: Suicide Squad.

Released before Justice League in the summer of 2016, Suicide Squad was an enormous financial success — grossing almost $750 million worldwide — and hated by critics and many readers of the original comic books. On ScreenCrush’s entirely scientific ranking of every DC Comics movie ever (seen below), Suicide Squad ranked third from the bottom, below infamous stinkers like Steel and Green Lantern. It is not good.

But Suicide Squad director David Ayer says that is not his version of the story. Responding to growing calls to release his preferred cut of Suicide Squad on HBO Max like Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Ayer says his cut of the film “would be easy to complete” — and that his concept of Suicide Squad “has never been seen.”

Fans hoping for a #ReleaseTheSnyderCut 2.0 should know that there is a big difference here. Justice League was basically dead in the water right now. Unlike Suicide Squad, that movie flopped, and the odds of getting a sequel in the near future were slim and none. WarnerMedia has nothing to lose there, and a lot to gain; Synder’s Justice League can be a big ticket item for HBO Max at relatively low cost, and it might even restart the franchise.

Suicide Squad, as crappy as it was, made money. And there’s already a sequel on the way: The Suicide Squad from director James Gunn. Debuting a new version of the old film might remind folks how much they disliked the first Suicide Squad and keep them away from the second. It could also make the continuity between films even more confusing. Plus, Warner Bros. already released an “Extended Cut” of Suicide Squad on Blu-ray — and it was even worse than the theatrical version.

In other words, a #ReleaseTheAyerCut movement seems like a long shot, if not a Deadshot. (Sorry.) Then again, a lot of people claimed Snyder’s Justice League would never get release, so who knows?

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Zack Snyder Announces ‘Justice League’ Director’s Cut

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It’s official: The Snyder Cut of Justice League is real. And now we’ll all get to see it.

That was the stunning news announced by director Zack Snyder at the end of today’s Man of Steel watch party. Snyder left Justice League during production to attend to personal matters and the movie was finished — to basically no one’s satisfaction — by Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon. Even though Snyder is the only credited director on Justice League, it is not his vision of the material — and for years, die-hard Snyder fans have insisted that his version existed and should be made available to the public.

Now it will. HBO Max announced today that the new streaming service will be the home to what’s being called Zack Snyder’s Justice League, his vision for the movie before he left the project. As Snyder succinctly put it on Twitter, “this is real”:

What we’re learning now is that technically, Snyder’s director’s cut didn’t exist all along — at least not in any kind of finished form. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the work will now begin on finishing the film to Snyder’s specifications, and it is “is currently unclear what form Snyder’s Justice League will take. Whether it will be released as an almost four-hour director’s cut or split into six "chapters" has yet to be decided, but the Snyders are now in the midst of reassembling much of their original postproduction crew to score, cut, add new and finish old visual effects, and, yes, maybe bring back many of the actors to record additional dialogue.” Their sources claim Warner Bros. is spending anywhere from $20-30 million to complete the director’s cut.

Here was Snyder’s comment on the news, via a press release:

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

No specific date in 2021 was given for the new version of the film. HBO Max itself debuts on May 27. I imagine a lot of DC fans will be signing up after this news.

Warner Bros.

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Rumors Fly That ‘Justice League’ Snyder Cut Is Getting Released

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While some reports called it a “pipe dream” with “no way” of ever happening, Zack Snyder has pretty consistently hinted from the very start that his vision of the Justice League movie exists. Snyder left the project during its production for personal reasons, and the film was completed by writer/director Joss Whedon. Even though Snyder didn’t finish Justice League, he’s teased for years that there is a “Snyder Cut” of the film, somewhere, waiting to see the light of day.

Last December, he even tweeted (or Vero’d) a picture of film cans labeled “JL Director’s Cut.” The latest rumor, via Heroic Hollywood, is that the Snyder Cut has been screened, privately, and that screening “could lead to a wider release.” They add that…

…Zack Snyder held a private screening of his cut of Justice League in the first quarter of 2020, with executives from DC in attendance. According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, something is happening with Snyder’s cut of the film, and discussions are currently underway.

The big question is what shaped this cut of the movie is in. Does it have finished effects? Does it have missing scenes? A rough cut of Snyder’s work could exist — that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s ready to be released to theaters or even home video without additional special effects work.

Meanwhile, WarnerMedia’s streaming service, HBO Max, launches later this month. It could certainly use a big-ticket attraction — like, for example, a much-discussed director’s cut of a recent superhero with a dedicated fanbase desperate to see it. And by the way: Snyder is hosting an online watch party of his first DC Extended Universe movie, Man of Steel, this coming Wednesday. Don’t be shocked if something happens there.

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