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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.

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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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