In March 2021, DCEU mainstay Zack Snyder will bring his vision for the franchise's major team-up movie to life with the HBO Max release of the Snyder Cut of Justice League. This movie has been a hot topic in fandom since Joss Whedon finished the film's original cut for its theatrical release, especially after news broke detailing the abuse that occurred on set after he took over directorial duties from Snyder.
Snyder will finally complete the full arc that he started in the DCEU with 2013's Man of Steel and 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which both led up to Justice League bringing together DC's full-fledged team of superheroes.
Now that the Snyder Cut is becoming a reality this year, the consensus is that it will be a sort of one-time event that will allow Snyder to make the movie he would have made had he stayed in the director's chair years ago.
However, news has just arrived that this may not be the case anymore.
Comic book movie personality Kevin Smith, while speaking on his Fatman Beyond podcast, revealed that he knows the ending of Zack Snyder's Justice League and that it does, in fact, open the door for more stories. Smith's quote is in response to recent rumors that DC executives see this movie as a "storytelling cul-de-sac" that is unlikely to bring more DC stories to life.
"I happen to know that the ending that he's got for the Snyder Cut is very not a cul-de-sac, it takes it to a weird neighborhood, but it's not a cul-de-sac. You can keep f-ing going with the story based on what I've heard from a friend."
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WHAT THIS MEANS
There is still no official word on if the Snyder Cut will be confirmed as canon within the DCEU, although Snyder has described it in past interviews as taking place in a sort of "elseworld" away from the main story. Should this report from Kevin Smith prove otherwise, it would be a monumental win for Snyder after putting in so much work simply to get this release off the ground.
As of now, Joss Whedon's theatrical cut is still regarded as canon, considering its events are referenced in movies released after it, such as Jason Momoa's Aquaman. However, with the DCEU bringing the multiverse so heavily into play, there are no limits to what could happen with the Snyder Cut in relation to the core story already told.
The world is on pins and needles waiting to find out what "weird neighborhood" Snyder takes this release to upon its arrival, and especially what kind of stories could be kickstarted when it debuts in full.
No plot details have been revealed for Snyder's vision of Justice League, and the only indications to anything concrete come with Snyder's adamant stance that he will remove any trace of Joss Whedon's work from his own version of the movie. No matter what the story brings, the potential is now there for some epic fresh narratives being forged via the Snyder Cut.
The Snyder Cut of Justice League will release on HBO Max in March 2021.