Zack Snyder is teasing even more changes to his director’s cut of “Justice League,” including a rudely Batman and a possible theatrical release.
The movie originally came out in 2018, but what hit theaters wasn’t exactly Snyder’s ideal version of the movie. He stepped out of the project while it was in post-production to come to terms with the death of his daughter. Joss Whedon was brought in to finish the movie and do a handful of reshoots. The final product was vilified by critics and fans alike, leading to tremendous pressure from DC Comics fans to give Snyder a second try at showing the film, which HBO granted Max in May.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Snyder revealed that unlike Whedon’s movie, he’s likely to get an R rating.
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“Here’s a piece of information that no one knows about: the movie is insane and so epic and probably rated R – that’s one thing I think will happen, that it will definitely be an R rated version,” he told the outlet. “We haven’t heard from the MPAA, but that’s my feeling.”
When asked to elaborate, he noted there is a scene where the heroes Batman and Cyborg drop some foul language. Plus, he notes that the villain, Steppenwolf, is significantly more violent in his version of the movie.
There’s one scene where Batman drops an F-bomb. Cyborg isn’t too happy with what’s going on in his life before meeting the Justice League, and he tends to speak his mind. And Steppenwolf pretty much hacks people. in half [the rating would be due to] violence and blasphemy, probably both, ”Snyder explained.
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Not only is HBO Max where the Snyder cut will land, it’s also at the heart of a heated debate over the movie theater industry after Warner Bros. announced that the entire 2021 series of films will be released in theaters as well as on the streaming service. at the same time to benefit people who, in the face of the ongoing pandemic, may be reluctant to go to the cinema. However, that has left the already ailing theater industry with even fewer new releases to really market itself.
This, of course, puts Snyder in the middle of the debate.
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“I’m a huge fan and a big believer in the cinematic experience, and we’re already talking about ‘Justice League’ playing theatrically as it comes to HBO Max,” Snyder told the outlet. Strangely enough, it’s the other way around [of the trend]. “
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He added, “It felt like a pretty bold move and that the implication might not have been 100% thought through. I feel like a lot of people panic during COVID. I hope this is ultimately what this was – some sort of of shock to COVID and not some sort of bigger step to disrupt the theatrical experience. “