Warner Bros.' superhero flick Justice League didn't exactly set the world on fire when it hit theaters back in 2017. However, a heavily rumored alternate Justice League Director's Cut - colloquially known as the "Snyder Cut" - has become a lightning rod for a certain subset of DC film fans.
Heading into Justice League, idiosyncratic director Zack Snyder - the man behind both 2013's Man of Steel and 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the former mastermind of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) - intended to continue with his vision of the characters from the previous two films, but a personal tragedy pulled him away from the project. After the lukewarm critical reception to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. decided to bring writer/director Joss Whedon in to give the cash-cow franchise a lighter tone. Whedon, the man who directed the first two Avengers films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, rewrote parts of the script and directed extensive reshoots that drastically changed the original film.
When Justice League was ultimately released, a group of Snyder fans took to the internet to vent about the changes made to the project. However, instead of flaming out in subsequent years, the fervor over a "Snyder Cut" of Justice League has only intensified over time. Eventually, it became a reality, with Snyder taking back the reins for a four-hour Justice League that will drop on HBO Max on March 18, 2021.
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February 2021: The Final Trailer Is Released
Just over a month before the Snyder Cut's official release date, HBO Max dropped the final trailer for the film, which not only features loads of new and updated footage, but even an appearance from the Clown Prince of Crime himself - Jared Leto's Joker, who previously appeared in Suicide Squad but has not made any other DCEU appearances.
November 2020: A New Trailer Is ReleasedVideo: YouTube
On November 17, Zack Snyder dropped the newest trailer for his revamped Justice League film. While the trailer offers basically the same footage as the one that debuted in August, it also includes a few more sneak peeks of Darkseid and Superman.
Perhaps more importantly, Warner Bros has officially secured the rights to use Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." While the August trailer prominently featured the song, it was ultimately removed due to that rights snafu (which is why that embed is no longer featured on this list).
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October 2020: Jared Leto's Joker Joins The Cast
Though his casting as the Joker in Suicide Squad (and his alleged on set behavior) was among the most controversial choices in the cinematic DC universe, Jared Leto will reprise the role in Zack Snyder's Justice League. This news comes from multiple sources in the know, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Joker did not originally appear in the theatrical version of Justice League, nor was he part of Snyder's original footage that hit the cutting room floor. THR reports that Leto's involvement is part of additional photography for the new version of the film.
Also of note, THR claims two of the original film's producers, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns, are removing their names from Snyder's cut of Justice League. The decision is ostensibly to "pa[y] respect to Snyder’s creative vision and the additional photography shoot."
August 2020: The First Trailer For 'Zack Snyder's Justice League' Is Released
In anticipation of DC's FanDome convention, the first official trailer for the Snyder Cut was released on August 22, 2020.
The trailer offers glimpses of footage that never appeared in the theatrical cut of Justice League, and is set to Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" - very likely as a nod to the Snyder fans who waited so long, and so faithfully, for the film to materialize.