The epic trailer for director Zack Snyder's Justice League dropped during DC FanDome with the director announcing that his version will be initially broken up into four separate one hour episodes and released as a seamless 4-hour film.
“Maybe I should talk about how you guys are going to see the movie and in what format,” Snyder began. “It’s gonna be in four parts — one hour each. Four hours of Justice League is coming your way! We’re gonna work on a way to bundle it together at the end so you can watch it as a single film if that’s the way you want to experience it,” he confirmed..
"The Snyder Cut" is the director's version of the 2017 Justice League — the fifth film of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) — as Snyder had intended before he left the production and Marvel’s Avengers director Joss Whedon took over his duties for the theatrical release. The alternate film, which the director described in a Tweet as a "movie for grownups," follows up the events of 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The dramatic teaser in Snyder's signature cold and steely hues is scored entirely to Leonard Cohen's "Hallejuah" (a song that Snyder famously used in his neo-noir take on Watchmen). The specially prepared footage features Snyder’s trademark cinematic fight scenes, gritty landscapes, slow motion sequences, tender moments, artistic character reveals, and hardly any dialogue, as opposed to the straightforward and upbeat approach of the theatrical Justice League trailer version.
The film sees Bruce Wayne enlisting the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy and recruiting a team of metahumans to stand against a newly awakened threat. Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash and Ray Fisher as Cyborg. The trailer also gives fans more glimpses of Cyborg’s deleted plotline as well as the villainous Steppenwolf in his original design, and a look at Darkseid.
Feast your eyes on the full teaser trailer it in all its glory here:
Originally released in November 2017, the theatrical release of Justice League earned mixed reviews from critics and audiences, praising the action and performances from Gadot and Miller while criticizing other aspects of the film, including the inconsistent tone, abandoned plotlines, and hacked down runtime from three and a half hours to 120 minutes.
The Snyder Cut is set to be released early to mid-2021 on HBO Max. DC is currently working on a digital distribution plan for regions where HBO Max isn't available.
(Images from Warner Brothers)