The Snyder Cut of Justice League was a myth, then a reality, and now a centerpiece of DC FanDome‘s virtual event. Who would have thought this controversial, long-rumored spectacle would ever be seen—let alone featured in such a prominent way?

Snyder made a recorded appearance at the fan event, where he and the Justice League cast members—Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Ray Fisher, Ezra Miller, Gal Gadot—answered questions from fans. They reflected on the seemingly impossible nature of the Snyder Cut’s release and what it meant to the fans to get it here. Snyder announced that the film would be split into four parts each one-hour in length. They’re working on a distribution plan for countries without HBO Max so they can watch this version of the film.

After that, he debuted the “ grown-up” new footage, featuring new looks at Darkseid, the black Superman suit, and Iris West. Let’s take a look.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Snyder Cut debacle, here’s an abbreviated rundown: Justice League faced production difficulties from the beginning. The movie went through multiple script rewrites between 2016 and 2017. Snyder filmed his cut but left during post-production after the death of his daughter. Joss Whedon stepped in for reshoots and took on an uncredited role as director. Whedon’s version was “lighter” than Snyder’s “darker” vision, which clashed with the previous films Snyder established: Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Fans of Snyder clamored for a release of his cut, and a movement was borne: #ReleaseTheSnyderCut. A movement marred with misogyny and trollish behavior, and a movement that also raised a ton of money for suicide prevention. (Not everything is all bad and all good.)

In May 2020, Snyder finally broke the silence and revealed that the Snyder Cut would get a release on HBO Max under the title Zack Snyder’s Justice League. The restoration cost upwards of $30 million to complete. That’s a big gamble. One that may or may not pay off.

A big blue bad guy named Darkseid from Zack Snyder's Justice League.Warner Bros. Pictures / HBO Max

We’ll see for sure when Zack Snyder’s Justice League drops on HBO Max next year.

Featured Image: Warner Bros. Pictures / HBO Max

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