Zack Snyder says Justice League ends on a “Massive Cliffhanger”
During the terrific IGN Fan Fest 2021, director Zack Snyder stopped by to talk about his upcoming cut of Justice League, titled Zack Snyder’s Justice League, and revealed some really interesting details about the project. Most notably, the director teased that the film ends on a “massive cliffhanger” and that he’s open to come back to make more Justice League films, but (again) says more films may not happen unless HBO Max is willing to continue. In other words, fans … if you want more, get out there and show your support!
“Well, it was meant to be two more movies,” Snyder said.“[This movie] doesn’t really encompass any of the additional movies other than little… It hints, as you would, at a potential other world. I’d plant the seeds as I had wanted to of what would come in the later films. That’s in there, but as far as those stories, that would be to come if ever that happened – which it does not look like it would.”
Snyder also revealed that the film is 100% complete and the final runtime is 4 hours and 2 minutes, including end credits. On top of this, he also said that the film is divided into six-chapters and even revealed the first two chapter names: Chapter 1 — “Don’t Count On It Batman” and Chapter 2 — “The Age of Heroes.” There were discussions to turn the film into an episodic TV release, but that element “got complicated.” As such, the chapters maintain the film’s structure but also serve as a means for viewers to take a break and recharge.
The interview with Snyder was packed with a lot of additional content about the project, which you can explore here, including more details about the black and white version of the film, dubbed “Justice is Gray,” but the most exciting was his proclamation that this version of Justice League will stand as his definitive vision of the film and that it “fills in a couple of impossible gaps that I thought were never going to see the light of day.”
Good times, folks. Good times.
Justice League will be hitting HBO Max solely as a four-hour movie on March 18. It was originally revealed at DC FanDome that the movie will release on HBO Max in 2021 by being broken up into four one-hour parts that will also be released as one four-hour film, but Snyder’s new comments seem to indicate it will solely be released as the one-off film instead of the four-part series. In an informal Q&A with the director via the comments, Snyder also revealed that there will be no after-credits scenes, the release date is still set for March even as potential competition Godzilla vs. Kong just moved to the same month and its runtime is four hours prior to the credits.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League has reportedly cost around $70 million in order to properly finish the editing and visual effects of the director’s original vision, as well as the additional photography. The original post-production crew is also expected to return along with the cast members to record additional dialogue for the cut.
Fueled by the hero’s restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Justice League sees Bruce Wayne enlist 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.
Justice League, which features a screenplay from Chris Terrio from a story by Snyder and Terrio, stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, with J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane.
Released in November 2017, the film earned mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike, praising the action and performances from Gadot and Miller while criticizing every other aspect of the film, namely the inconsistent tone that many fault Joss Whedon (The Avengers) for after taking over directorial duties from Snyder. With a large budget of $300 million and a break-even point of $750 million, the film is considered a box office bomb having grossed only $658 million.