Zack Snyder's Justice League
JUST THIS LEAGUE OR THE "JUST ICE" LEAGUE?
If you are a comic books superhero action movies fan, then you probably noticed that Justice League has been in re-development heaven or hell (whatever you might like to call it) for months after its fiasco release to the moviegoing public.
By all accounts the movie was more than profitable however given that the studio was marketing this film as a cornerstone of an entire set of movies in direct competition to Marvel's Avengers, many financial analysts and movie reviewers felt its box office performance was below par. Warner Brothers' oft stated goal was at least the one billion mark to put it in league with the big players (Marvel and Lucasfilm).
Months after hand wringing and fan action, the movie is being re-tooled for re-release as a four hour epic, on HBO cable, as a four part miniseries, with a ton of footage that was never part of the original theatrical run. Clearly Warner Brothers is looking at the bigger picture of overall reputation of its superhero line, including its video games titles and comic books series, TV series (Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, Gotham, Batgirl, Titans and more), merchandising lines (T-shirts, pajamas, toys) and more. So Zack Snyder, the original director responsible for Man of Steel and Batman vs Superman, who was booted off this movie in mid production, was brought back to assemble his original vision for Justice League.
Surprisingly, as "leaked" in new headlines from many big names in movie entertainment (The Hollywood Reporter, TMZ, Salon, Total Film, and Rolling Stone), Justice League became a two parter similar in size and breadth to the Avengers Infinity War and Endgame.
And Snyder assembled some of the original actors from 2017 to shoot new footage and produce new special effects to the tune of an extra 70 million dollars (itself a budget for a brand new movie for some studios). This week, several headlines claim all that fuss is for nothing more than 10 minutes of extra new footage to be added to the four hours of total fun time.
Some fans are questioning what could this new footage be? Our guess is that it might be pieces of dialogue that would allow the studio to create story continuity with its new slate of superhero movies in production and development beyond 2021, such as The Flash (movie), Cyborg, and Aquaman 2, Black Adam, Shazam 2 and The Green Lantern Corps.
Next year, we'll know for sure if this "director's cut" will be the new Justice League or Just His League.