For some fans, only the original creator gets it right. Never mind that Zack Snyder had serious personal reasons for stepping down as director of Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Films’ “Justice League.” The movie that released in 2017, finished by Joss Whedon, was not what fans wanted. #ReleasetheSnyderCut became a rallying cry. And in 2020 Warner agreed to do so, but only for streaming on HBO Max. Then Snyder announced he was filming additional footage, and “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” suddenly became a 4-hour epic. Rather than retool it into a miniseries, HBO Max is keeping the thing as-is, but subdividing it into chapters.
Information on “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” reveals that the massively long movie cut will be given six chapters with their own titles, in a reference to the sheer length of the feature. Screen Rant would have it that the individual chapter titles are as follows:
- Don’t Count on It, Batman
- Age of Heroes
- Beloved Mother, Beloved Son
- Change Machine
- All The King’s Horses
- Something Darker
The chapters on “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” apparently will not break the film into episodes, but rather will provide “checkpoints” in the movie where viewers on HBO Max can start or pick up from. They would function the same way as Intermissions did in old lengthy movies, in case the streaming audience needs to take a break from viewing, especially if they are not binge-watchers.
Already Snyder fans are musing on the context of the chapter titles, seeing as the director has sneaked in his new footage into the original cut including the Joss Whedon scenes. Chapter 1’s “Don’t Count It, Batman” could stand for Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight trying to assemble the members of the league, while “Something Darker” might indicate the appearance of Darkseid (Ray Porter), the master of Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds) who was only referred to in the 2017 Whedon cinema cut.
“Zack Snyder’s Justice League” is due to premiere on HBO Max this March 18, and is arguably one of the most anticipated exclusive streaming content on any platform this year.
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