Zack Snyder‘s Justice League is almost here. After years of fan movement on social media, Warner Bros. allowed Snyder to showcase his version of the film. Now the director has unveiled a film with an epic runtime and teased a “massive cliffhanger,” that will probably go unresolved.
Justice League was not well received by either the fans or the critics when it was released in 2017. After the release of the film, behind the scene turmoil of filming was revealed. From Snyder’s replacement from the director’s chair to Joss Whedon’s antics while on set have all been documented over the past three years.
And when fans were made aware of the existence of a different version of Justice League, one finished by Snyder, there was a massive outcry to get it released. The original director was finally allowed to create a film that he wanted and here we are four years later and getting ready for another version of Justice League.
Zack Snyder Reveals the Runtime for Justice League and What we can Expect
The director was on hand to talk with IGN where he spilled some secrets about the upcoming Snyder Cut. One of the things Zack talked about was the overall runtime of the film and it is massive, to say the least. As it stands, Zack Snyder’s Justice League will clock in at 4 hours and 2 minutes long.
The movie is 242 minutes long, which is a little over twice the original film’s theatrical runtime. Explaining the editing process that went into the movie, Zack said, “We just did some tightening and put the screws to it a little bit more to get it close to four hours.”
For those wondering why soo much footage was shot that an edited version of the film is still four hours long, well, the original intended idea of Justice League was for it to be two movies. So, in that case, four hours does not seem as ridiculous.
But for those hoping for a sequel to be rolled into the director’s cut, that is not going to happen. Zack envisioned Justice League as two movies with two more sequels finishing out the story but all of that was thrown out the window when Zack stepped down as the director.
Now, the director says his vision of further two movies is extremely unlikely to happen. Talking about his original vision, Snyder said, “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.”
Zack explained further regarding the seeds planted in the movie. “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 – but I think it’s easy to speculate based on that and we can talk about that for quite a while,” he said.
There is little possibility Zack Snyder returns to the fold with Warner Bros. He had only ever worked with the studio, changing that in 2021 with Army of the Dead. The way things were when the two parties decided to part ways, it would be a miracle if the director was invited back to film two more movies of Justice League.
That is why the director thinks the possibility of ending the story he started is slim. He also mentioned a “massive cliffhanger” will be in the movie and he has no way to resolve it unless WB decided to take another swipe at their old partnership with Zack.
While the cliffhanger may include a big baddie, Snyder revealed the villain will be peppered throughout the movie as the controlling figure behind all the chaos. Obviously, he is talking about Darkseid, the villain will be in the movie but a better fleshed-out version would’ve been in the unmade sequels.
Well, the fans can start their battle with Warner Bros. again if Zack Snyder’s Justice League is a drastic and welcome departure from the abysmal Joss Whedon‘s mummified version.
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