Next year will bring one of the most highly hyped and anticipated movies from DC Comics in years with the release of Zack Snyder's director cut of 2017's Justice League. After numerous controversial stories of what happened on set after Joss Whedon took over the film arose, it's safe to say that fans are counting down the days until Snyder's vision is revealed in full.
The original film was meant to be the culmination of the four DC Extended Universe films that preceded it, similarly to how the Marvel Cinematic Universe built up to The Avengers with their first five films from 2008-2011. However, this may not exactly be the case for the Snyder Cut, as Snyder himself explained just recently at Justice Con.
Via a new release from Cinema Blend, Justice League director Zack Snyder explained how his new cut of the movie isn't necessarily canon in the stream of DCEU movies released thus far. It was described this way by the writer of this release, who is also the author of the book "The Release of the Snyder Cut:"
As I described in my own Justice Con panel, Snyder referred to the Justice League version that’s coming to HBO Max as an “Elseworld” Justice League.
WHAT THIS MEANS
The Snyder Cut continues to defy the norm seemingly with every news release, and this one just highlights the freedom that Snyder now has by releasing the film when he is. Since Joss Whedon’s version of the movie is considered canon now along with the other eight DCEU movies, Snyder basically has free reign over exactly how he wants to make the movie and how it relates to the rest of the inter-connected franchise.
It will be interesting to see exactly how much of the Snyder Cut connects to the movies that came before it, but it’s undoubtedly going to be exciting no matter what the movie brings upon its release. Snyder is currently working on his cut of Justice League in preparation for release on HBO Max in early-to-mid 2021.