The trailer for Zack Snyder’s Justice League, the four-hour director’s cut to be released on HBO Max on March 18, has just been put online. The new version is drastically different from the 2017 theatrical release, which was released to poor critical and commercial reception.
Aside from showcasing Snyder’s original vision, the new version features additions, most notably Jared Leto as Joker, reprising the role of supervillain from Suicide Squad. The trailer gives a glimpse of him as he talks to Ben Affleck’s Batman and teases the intense showdown to come. It also revealed images of Black Suit Superman and new supervillain Darkseid.
The trailer was praised by fans on Twitter, with one calling it “The best Valentine’s Day gift a guy could ask for for #SnyderCut.” Another wrote: ‘This looks great, Zack. I am very happy to see the film, but I am even happier for you, the cast and crew. People are finally getting to see the true vision that so many people have worked hard on, and that’s brilliant. Congratulations.”
Justice League was first released in November 2017. Snyder, the original director, left the project before it was completed and was replaced by Joss Whedon. While he was reported to be quitting the project for personal reasons, there was also speculation about creative disagreements with Warner Bros.
The theatrical version of Justice League has been described by many as a Frankenstein film, along with footage shot by Snyder and Whedon. It made less than $ 700 million worldwide, against a budget of $ 300 million. Warner Bros reportedly lost about $ 60 million.
In 2019, Snyder was brought back to complete his vision for the film, after sustained fan pressure. He shot additional footage (partially remotely), completed extensive visual effects on the film, and brought back the Junkie XL score.
Aside from Leto’s Joker and Affleck’s Batman, the movie stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, and Jason Momoa as Aquaman. Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor are new additions to the cast.