Zack Snyder's Justice League has been confirmed to clock in at around four hours, meaning that the film will be the longest DCEU entry. Originally, the Snyder Cut was intended to be released as a four-part mini-series, but the initial plan was changed, ultimately leading to the confirmation that it will debut as a “one-shot.”
This development was a game-changer for a number of reasons, considering the respective advantages and disadvantages of a weekly rollout. It was also rumored that the change in the in release strategy was due to specifics about talent compensation, but nothing has been confirmed.
While fans wait for the main reason behind the change of plan, a new tidbit about the Snyder Cut's (potential) theatrical release has emerged.
A THEATRICAL INTERMISSION FOR THE SNYDER CUT
In an interview with I Minutemen, Justice League director Zack Snyder revealed that there will be a “10-minute intermission” if ever his version of the film will be released in theaters. Snyder also teased that this intermission will incorporate Junkie XL's iconic theme.
“It's 4 hours of picture and then the credits. I think it does go over 4 hours by a few minutes but that's you know, 'cause of the titles, 'cause there's a lot of people that worked on the movie. If ever the movie is ever to be viewed in the cinema, we have a 10-minute intermission which is built into the movie. [It] has like a beautiful suite of music, so that adds an extra 10 minutes to the movie.”
The full interview can be viewed below.
A DIFFERENT JUSTICE LEAGUE EXPERIENCE
On the surface, this approach makes sense, mainly due to the lengthy runtime of Zack Snyder's Justice League. Moviegoers will likely welcome this strategy (once theaters reopen) since it gives them ample time to recover to grab snacks and take bathroom breaks along the way.
From the get-go, Zack Snyder's Justice League is already a unique project, and the inclusion of an intermission definitely adds more to its special nature. On top of that, the reveal that Junkie XL's theme will be incorporated in the intermission is an added bonus that will surely boost the movie-going experience of the viewing public.
In a way, this is more concrete proof of Snyder's passion for his Justice League. In a normal pre-pandemic world, it's a safe bet that Snyder would've opted for a full-blown theatrical release for the film, but COVID-19 derailed those plans.
It's unknown if a theatrical debut for the Snyder Cut is on the horizon, and it will likely depend on the current state of world affairs. Regardless, Snyder has a clear plan once the situation has improved, and it will be exciting to see how it will unravel in the coming months.