The Snyder Cut of Justice League lands on HBO Max next year – but the boss of the streaming service tempers hopes of more films getting a do-over.
The story so far. Pretty much since the film’s release, there’s been a clamour from some fans for Zack Snyder’s cut of 2017’s Justice League film. Joss Whedon took over the completion of the film, overseeing extensive reshoots. The final movie did not go down well.
But the fan campaign gathered momentum, and just a couple of weeks back, Warner Bros confirmed that Zack Snyder would be given in the region of $30m to complete his version of the movie. And that version will now premiere on the HBO Max streaming service in the US next year.
The boss of HBO Max, Tony Gonclaves, has been chatting to The Verge about the project, and he was asked if this was setting a path for future fan demands to be met. “Look, definitely not a precedent”, he insisted. He added that “consumers are speaking, and we have to listen. It doesn’t mean that we’re going to go redo every movie ever made. But I think that we definitely have to have our ear to the ground. And I think we do”.
There’s fresh interest now in a cut of Suicide Squad signed off by its director, David Ayer, yet in the same interview, Gonclaves does add a note of caution. “It’s a fine balance. And I think when it comes to video, when it comes to entertainment, when it comes to content, consumers have never had more choice, and they’ve never had more of a voice. But that doesn’t mean that we will go and invest our dollars in every single fandom that exists”.
We’ll wait and see if that’s the case. If the Snyder Cut proves to be a huge hit for HBO Max, it might just grease the wheels for further reassembling of already-released movies. The campaign for the Dean Devlin cut of Geostorm starts right here…
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