Zack Snyder’s Justice League leaked on HBO Max early
In a moment sure to please some fans while devastating those who weren’t quick enough to take advantage of it, HBO Max hit a bit of a speed bump Monday night when the highly-anticipated Zack Snyder’s Justice League debuted on the streaming service just over a week ahead of its scheduled debut.
One Twitter user, Doug Bass of Charlotte, North Carolina, took to the social media site to share a pic from the four-hour-plus DC Extended Universe blockbuster, calling out the streamer and noting he originally was intending to watch the recently-released Tom & Jerry feature film.
The Hollywood Reporter Senior Staff Writer Ryan Parker also took to Twitter to share he was able to log on and view the film in lieu of the family adventure and that even when pressing pause on the film it still showed as Tom & Jerry.
While Bass noted in a subsequent post that his feed for the Snyder Cut was severed after nearly an hour of viewing, there’s no telling how many viewers caught the superhero title and how far they made it in before their feed was similarly cut, if it was at all.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League will be hitting HBO Max 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 will now solely be released as a one-off film instead of the four-part series. Snyder says that there will be no after-credits scenes. The film 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.