The story behind 2017’s Justice League has become something of a legend in recent years. It was one of the most expensive films ever made, but released to mediocre reviews and consequently became a box office bomb. The production suffered a number of blows, including the appointment of Joss Whedon to replace the film’s original director, Zack Snyder, who sadly lost his daughter to suicide during production. As a result, the final product was completely different from Snyder’s original vision, with Whedon following directives from Warner Bros. to cut the movie’s runtime and make the tone brighter and more humourous. In response, fans began campaign Warner Bros. to release Zack Snyder’s Justice League director’s cut in the hope that it would be a more cohesive and fully-realised film.
After years of dismissing the idea of releasing the director’s cut as a “pipe dream”, it appears Warner Bros. has finally come around, with the official Zack Snyder’s Justice League set to drop in March. Most of the film’s cast, including Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher, Ezra Miller, and Jason Momoa agreed to take part in reshoots, which, together with special effects, editing and a new music score, cost a total of $70 million.
Originally planned to be released as a four-part miniseries, it will instead drop as a four-hour movie on March 18, 2020.
How to watch Zack Snyder’s Justice League in Australia
In the US, Zack Snyder’s Justice League will launch on the streaming service HBO Max. As HBO’s Australian streaming partner, Foxtel’s own Binge streaming service will have exclusive rights to the movie, releasing it at the same time as the global premiere (at the very convenient time of 6:00 pm on March 18 for us Aussies).
That means you’ll need a Binge subscription if you’re keen to catch the film, which will set you back $10 for a month of access. Otherwise, if you’ve never tried the service before, you can sign up for a two-week free trial, watch it and bail without having to spend a cent. Too easy.