It's been a long time since fans have waited for the release of probably one of the most awaited movies in recent times. But finally the announcement has been made, this after director Zack Snyder just took Twitter to reveal that the film will finally arrive on March 18.
This reveal was followed up by WarnerMedia, adding up additional info about this release. The statement clears any speculation about the length and the format of the release, by saying that this will not be a composite of four separate hour-long episodes, but instead will be one full length film.
The original film was released back in 2017 and the reception for the movie was astonishingly harsh from critics. Even though the movie was able to earn $658 million worldwide, “Justice League” only amassed $230 million in the US. Thus making the movie barely breaking even, since its budget was a whopping $300 million, and its marketing costs were about $150 million.
“Justice League” was the work of Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon, both serving as collaborators in the fields of writing as well as in directing. But this co-working was done in a very unusual way, since Whedon was brought onboard after executives were hesitant about Snyder's initial cut. After that, Snyder had to leave the project due to the death of his daughter.
There were several differences between the final release of the film and Snyder's initial cut. One of them, the length of the latter, which comprised 214 minutes of story. This cut included several scenes set to explore a little bit further of the characters' backstories; they even went on to develop the mythos of the world in which “Justice League” was set.
Although the main plot of the movie remained the same, some of the secondary story lines were cut in Whedon's rewrites in an effort to streamline the film. In the end, Whedon ultimately altered Snyder's vision, so fans demanded to see the original director's cut of the movie claiming this version was a purest idea.
This claims were responded by WarnerMedia, when back in 2020 announced that the studio would invest to bring back Snyder and finish is original idea; with this plan going forward, WarnerMedia killed two birds with one stone, not only placating all the online-frenzy among fans around this idea, but also boosting the number of subscription for the recently released platform HBO Max, in which the film will finally see the light on March 18.
According to some sources, Warner Media would have invested almost $70 million in the project, mainly because of the CGI work, but also because Snyder brought back several actors to shoot new material for the film, which will ad from four to five minutes of completely new footage for “Justice League”.
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