First off I have to admit something.
I have NEVER seen Justice League.
So why the hell am I writing this piece?
Let me give you a backstory. I'm a huge HUGE *HUGE* Christopher Nolan fan. So naturally I am the biggest nerd over The Dark Knight trilogy. In my honest and absolutely correct opinion they are the best movie adaptations of a super hero story ever. Batman is so much more than a guy in a suit that beats up a laughing guy in makeup.
Growing up I had a massive book that had a compilation of Batman comics from all eras. Some of the comics were your classic goofy comics. The vast majority of them were thought provoking stories, with incredible character arcs. Batman, Bruce Wayne, was a real man in a real world with real emotions and in real situations. It wasn't some simplistic good guy bad guy story. Deep questions were asked. Truths were discovered. In many ways it helped shape the values that I hold today. Justice, truth, chivalry, love, compassion, integrity all were important because Batman said they were important. And he lived those values out. Not when it was easy and all black and white. But when it was hard and in gray areas.
Nolan's adaptation was the perfect on screen depiction of all the comics I had read. Christian Bale WAS the Batman of my childhood. Full of hard truths and thought provoking commentary on society. Masterpieces of cinema.
When Batman vs Superman came out, I DID see that one, but it felt like a betrayal. Christian Bale was Batman, Not Ben Affleck and well, it wasn't great and certainly WASN'T the Dark Knight trilogy; however, I loved the way Snyder made his movie.
Then came "Justice League" and it was a production nightmare by all accounts. Snyder made the movie but couldn't continue and finish it due to a family tragedy. In came Joss Whedon to replace him. The Avengers guy. The "die Don. Just quietly die" guy. The big female ally for a drop of pussy guy. And he just Joss Whedon'd all over it. I swore I wouldn't watch his trash and sure enough, the consensus of the public is that HIS "Justice League" movie was trash. A rumor began circulating (probably from Snyder himself) that somewhere there was a "Snyder Cut" of the film and #ReleasetheSnyderCut was born. The fans cried out for Snyder's version, whatever that may be.
So let's not forget a crucial part of this story - the rejection of that lib Joss Whedon and his sugary, superficial, writing.
Whedon is everything I hate about Marvel. Scorsese was right, Marvel is not cinema. It's cheesy platitudes and so non-challenging that anybody five bowls deep could follow along (which explains Marvel's fan base). It's just as hokey and black and white as his political views. Nothing deep, just regurgitated talking points and a world view completely lacking of nuance.
Yesterday, however, provided hope to the masses salivating for a proverbial Mulligan on the failure that was "Justice League." Something many on Twitter have been begging for for two years now.
The answer to Emmerich's question, a whispered-about secret for months, was revealed Wednesday when Snyder confirmed, at the end of an online screening of his 2013 movie, Man of Steel, that his version of Justice League was indeed real. And that it will be coming to HBO Max, the WarnerMedia digital streaming service launching May 27, and is expected to debut in 2021.
It is currently unclear what form Snyder’s Justice League will take. Whether it will be released as an almost four-hour director’s cut or split into six "chapters" has yet to be decided, but the Snyders are now in the midst of reassembling much of their original postproduction crew to score, cut, add new and finish old visual effects, and, yes, maybe bring back many of the actors to record additional dialogue.
Also unclear is the cost of the endeavor. One source has pegged the effort in the $20 million range, although another source says that figure could be closer to $30 million. The parties involved had no comment.
"It will be an entirely new thing, and, especially talking to those who have seen the released movie, a new experience apart from that movie," Snyder tells The Hollywood Reporter, noting that, to this day, he has not watched the version released in theaters.
As expected, this was met with much rejoicing by the people clamoring for project to be greenlit:
Yes, there was much merriment to be had when the news was announced. The only question left will be "will it be any good?" To that I respond, "could it be any worse?"