Zack Snyder's upcoming director's cut of Justice League has only gained more and more fan anticipation in the last few months. After an explosive trailer reveal at DC FanDome, Snyder continued to work to bring his initial vision of the DC team-up film to life, which included a small set of reshoots that lasted for about a week in October.
Most of the main cast returned to film the additional footage for Zack Snyder's cut of Justice League, including Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, and Ray Fisher, prompting fans to speculate what exactly the director was planning on adding to his version of the film. Bits of behind-the-scenes footage and photos have shown Snyder and the production hard at work for the reshoots, but while there were big names returning to set, it seems the time added to the film will be pretty short.
In an interview with Grace Randolph on her Beyond the Trailer YouTube channel, Man of Steel director Zack Snyder elborated on what fans should expect from his director's cut of Justice League, and how the additional footage comes into play.
When asked by Randolph how the original two-hour theatrical cut can go to a four-hour cut when "it's only four minutes of additional footage that [Snyder] filmed," Zack Snyder nodded in agreement and explained how it's common for him to shoot hours of footage that never makes the theatrical cuts during principal photography. This seemingly confirms Randolph's statement that the week-long reshoots from October will only be adding four minutes to the final runtime of Snyder's Justice League.
The entire exchange can be seen around the 16:00 mark in the video below:
WHAT THIS MEANS
Zack Snyder has yet to reveal much about what exactly the reshoots consisted of and how much he was planning to add to his film with the new footage. As it appears, not much is going to be added to the Snyder cut that had not already been shot, and although four minutes is a fairly small amount of time, bringing back some of the cast and crew for additional photography was clearly important to the final film's outcome.
Aside from most of the Justice League's slate of superheroes, other characters like Amber Heard's Mera, Jared Leto's Joker, and even Joe Manganiello's Deathstroke have either been reported or rumored to return for the film's reshoots. Though, now that the additional footage seems to be a mere few minutes, the actors being brought back are more than likely only filming small dialogue fixes or cameos.
The fact that Snyder had already filmed a majority of the new footage shows just how long and passionately Snyder has worked towards bringing this version of Justice League to life. It will be exciting to see just how the four minutes of reshoots impacts the final cut of the project, and with all the effort that went into calling these cast members back to production, there's no doubt fans will be in for some fun surprises.