Snyder Cut’s extended Knightmare sequence makes up for the absence of a sequel
It’s less than a month until Zack Snyder’s four-hour Justice League crusade is released on HBO Max and DC fans can’t help being excited about the future. After four years of intense campaigning for #ReleasetheSnyderCut, Snyder finally got the green light, a new studio and an extra 70 million dollars to shoot additional photography. Debuting on HBO Max on March 18, Zack Snyder’s version of the Justice League is set to be released as a four-part film.
After stepping down from production of the theatrical release back in 2017 due to personal reasons, his replacement, Joss Whedon allegedly replaced over 70 percent of what was eventually released. Although the movie was a blockbuster hit, it didn’t make much in revenue. The poor performance caused Warner Bros to hit the brakes on any future sequel plans.
Meanwhile, Snyder – who claims to have not seen a second of the Justice League theatrical version – continuously hinted on social media, through images and set photos, what his initial version would have looked like. This gave rise to a four-year petition by fans to get the Snyder Cut released.
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Additional Photography For The Cut
The Snyder Cut is set to feature a chunk of new material, which will be about 3 hours more than the theatrical version. Snyder has always spoke about his vision for a darker, more moody Justice League universe. A theory which most DC fans supported. The Snyder Cut presents one of the rarest opportunities any comic movie director has ever had to produce a movie with complete creative freedom.
Although the decision by Warner Media to provide Snyder with funds and a platform may have been borne out of the need to break even with finances after the Covid pandemic, Snyder intends to take advantage of the opportunity to tell the Justice League story the way he and a lot of DC fans like it – dark. Earlier this year, Deborah Snyder revealed on Lighthouse Podcast that the studio initially requested that they put out the cut without further edits which Zack immediately rejected.
“When they approached us we had to come up with an idea of what it was because originally [the studio was] like, ‘You can just put the cut [out] just the way it is.’ Zack’s like, ‘No.’ It’s like a mish-mosh. The music we can’t use. If I’m going to do this, I’m going to do it the right way, or it’s not going to be the right way.”
Although a chunk of money might have been given to Snyder to finish his cut, it was revealed that the additional photography only amounts to about 5 minutes.
“I will say that in the end it’s going to probably be about four minutes or five minutes of additional photography for the entire movie,” Snyder confirmed last year. “In the four hours that is Justice League, maybe four minutes.” That’s really not a lot, but perhaps enough to add some key, highly anticipated scenes.
Snyder Cut’s Knightmare Sequence
With news that the Joker will be involved in the Knightmare sequence and Ben Affleck being called back for reshoots of Batman in his Knightmare sequence costume, it’s clear that Snyder used a substantial part of the additional photography to explore the relationship between Batman and The Joker. Perhaps, there might even be an Easter egg or two that could hold the key to any future sequels.
Snyder also confirmed that he had been speaking to voice actor Ray Porter on the future of Darkseid but maintained that nothing was set in stone.
“What happens when Darkseid comes to Earth? Then what? You know, Is that a thing? And I think, listen, the truth is that, did I write and did I have and conceive a complete…do I know what happens when Darkseid…yes. I do know what happens,” he revealed. “To say and to speculate about what that is and that that would be exciting, I think that’s a fine thing.”
Considering how difficult it has been for DC and Warner Media to maintain a solid grip on superhero movie plots, it’s understandable that they would not want to get involved in talks of a sequel. However, if Zack Snyder’s Justice League version sends HBO’s numbers through the roof, there is no reason why a sequel won’t be on the cards.