With previously unseen footage and $70 million worth of reshoots and post-production work, the film has been branded with an R-rating.
The word on the street about Zack Snyder’s Justice League being vastly different from the 2017 theatrical cut has been confirmed with its new rating.
This “new” rendition of the film has been given the R for violence and some seriously foul language. Since the new four-hour-long film is being released on HBO Max, some speculate that Snyder’s newfound freedom allows for a darker and harder-edged film that we’d expect from a DC superhero movie.
This news probably isn’t shocking since Synder told Entertainment Weekly that he expected his version to get an R rating back in December. He promises a movie that is “insane” and “so epic” that it deserves a higher rating.
“There’s one scene where Batman drops an F-bomb. Cyborg is not too happy with what’s going on with his life before he meets the Justice League, and he tends to speak his mind. And Steppenwolf is pretty much just hacking people in half.”
From violence to profanity, the film is hoping to deliver the same dark DC universe that Snyder established in his 2009 film, Watchmen (which also received an R-rating).
While we wait for more news on the Snyder Cut, the official synopsis for the film has been unveiled.
Here it is:
“Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes-Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and the Flash—it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.”
Snyder has also shared a picture of Jared Leto’s return as the Joker (with some updates that make him look similar to Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker) with a full face of makeup and long, matted hair. Fingers crossed that Leto’s return as Joker is more focused and is more thought-provoking as the Joker can be.
Unfortunately for UK viewers, it isn’t clear when or how this new and improved cut will drop. Perhaps another streaming service will pick it up, or is there something up HBO Max’s sleeve.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League will be released on March 18 on HBO Max.
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