Zack Snyder Says His R-Rated Justice League Cut May Hit Theaters
Three years after Justice League hit theaters, Zack Snyder is working on his cut of the film for HBO Max. And according to Snyder, his cut isn’t going to tame. Instead, he said that he’s looking forward to sharing the R-rated Justice League during a new interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“There’s one scene where Batman drops an F-bomb,” said Snyder. “Cyborg is not too happy with what’s going on with his life before he meets the Justice League, and he tends to speak his mind. And Steppenwolf is pretty much just hacking people in half. So [the rating would be due to] violence and profanity, probably both.”
Snyder also weighed in on Warner Bros. Pictures’ decision to send its entire 2021 movie slate to HBO Max day and date with theaters. That’s where he revealed that his Justice League cut may buck the trend and hit theaters as well.
“I’m a huge fan and a big supporter of the cinematic experience,” noted Snyder. “And we’re already talking about Justice League playing theatrically at the same time it’s coming to HBO Max. So weirdly, it’s the reverse [of the trend].”
“It felt like a pretty bold move and that maybe the implication wasn’t 100 percent thought out,” added Snyder. “I feel like there’s a lot of people panicking during COVID. I hope that, in the end, that’s what this was — some sort of knee-jerk to COVID and not some sort of greater move to disrupt the theatrical experience. I thought we were kind of already getting very close to the ideal theatrical window where you still had marketing material out there and you hadn’t forgotten about the film by the time it came out on DVD or streaming. I thought we were starting to hone in on that sweet spot, but this kind of throws a monkey wrench in the works.”
Zack Snyder’s Justice League will hit HBO Max, and possibly theaters, in 2021.
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