Justice League on HBO Max: Jared Leto’s new Joker scenes, reshoots and everything we know

Jared Leto because the Joker in 2016’s Suicide Squad.


If Zack Snyder’s upcoming Justice League wasn’t insane-sounding sufficient, the director has reportedly added Jared Leto’s Joker. He is additionally doing extra capturing and finishing unfinished scenes, in response to The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday (we have not heard something through the director’s busy Vero account).

The report makes an intriguing prospect: New footage of Leto’s Joker. Leto’s Joker, first launched in David Ayer’s 2016 DC movie Suicide Squad, did not initially make an look in 2017’s Justice League, the film Snyder was pressured to go away earlier than completion.

Now we may see new Joker footage in Snyder’s four-episode director’s minimize heading to HBO Max subsequent 12 months. Snyder has referenced the Joker in one in all his motion pictures earlier than: 2016’s Batman v Superman: Daybreak of Justice, which got here out earlier than Joker’s introduction in Suicide Squad. It features a scene exhibiting Robin’s desecrated costume spray-painted with a taunt at Batman, implying Joker had killed Batman’s sidekick.

Joker’s inclusion in Zack Snyder’s Justice League gives one other manner of connecting the films within the DC universe. It’d give the undertaking an additional sheen, after some have criticized it for not containing sufficient new components.

Here is the whole lot else we learn about Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

First trailer

In August, digital conference DC FanDome introduced the best look yet at Zack Snyder’s model of Justice League. Here is the trailer:

Through the panel dialogue, Snyder lastly confirmed the film will likely be cut up into 4 hour-long elements or episodes, then later launched as one lengthy film.

Forward of DC FanDome, Snyder dropped a mini tease of what is now formally referred to as Zack Snyder’s Justice League, touchdown on HBO Max someday subsequent 12 months.

Within the seconds of footage, we see a shirtless Superman (Henry Cavill) taking within the ruins of his statue, with the phrases, “Should you search his monument, go searching you,” painted on the platform; footage from a beforehand deleted scene with Victor Stone (Ray Fisher) taking part in soccer earlier than he turns into Cyborg; a shot of a policeman about to be crushed by a burning tank; and the members of the Justice League’s… ft.

Whereas it did not give a lot away, of us on Twitter identified the actual Zack Snyder appear and feel to the up to date footage.

“The magnificent lightning is again,” one consumer tweeted.

What’s The Snyder Reduce?

In a nutshell, The Snyder Reduce is a model of 2017’s Justice League minimize collectively by director Zack Snyder. His tackle the superhero ensemble blockbuster by no means made it to theaters, after he was pressured to step down within the last levels of the undertaking.


Zack Snyder at San Diego Comedian-Con in 2014.

Photograph by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Photographs

After principal pictures completed someday on the finish of 2016, Warner Bros. executives reportedly noticed a tough minimize of Snyder’s footage and, dissatisfied, wished modifications. However in 2017, Snyder stepped down in the course of the enhancing course of to deal the death of his daughter.

Joss Whedon stepped in to deal with editorial and reshoots, however did not obtain a director’s credit score, suggesting the completed product contained most of Snyder’s authentic footage.

Nonetheless, a number of plotlines had been deserted and the runtime hacked down from three and a half hours to 120 minutes. Snyder estimated the film we noticed in theaters contained “one fourth” of his contribution.

Whereas we’ll most likely by no means know the laborious details of what occurred behind-the-scenes on the film, which was torn to shreds by critics and dissatisfied on the field workplace, a minimum of we’ll lastly get to see how massive the disparity between the 2 variations actually is.


Gal Gadot is without doubt one of the solid members supporting The Snyder Reduce.

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First teaser

To tease what he’d be bringing to the DC FanDome virtual convention in August, Snyder dropped a clip that includes Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) uncovering a mural of the villainous Darkseid.

“First ever sneak peek at JL. Prepare for extra at DC FanDome,” Snyder tweeted June 17, with the sneak peak.

What is going on to be completely different?

It will look higher

Evaluating early trailers of Justice League with the ultimate theatrical minimize (via Slash Film), followers seen a garish orange sky had been added to the ultimate climatic battle. A fan requested Snyder on social media if the colour grading would change for The Snyder Reduce. Snyder replied merely, “Sure,” which may imply his model captures his signature chilly and steely hues.

A ‘radical rethinking’ and $30 million-plus

Snyder’s authentic crew has been gathered to chop the footage, with a distinct rating, completed visible results and extra dialogue from actors to fill within the gaps. All of this might value as much as $30 million, The Hollywood Reporter reported.

Nonetheless, head of HBO Max and WarnerMedia Bob Greenblatt advised the film will value rather more than that to finish. In an interview on the Recode Media podcast in Could, he defined The Snyder Reduce “doesn’t exist”, as a result of Snyder remains to be constructing the “wildly costly” film, a “radical rethinking” of the 2017 model.

New characters

In January, Snyder dropped a still from his authentic footage that includes Ryan Choi, aka Atom. The genius size-shifter, in addition to Martian ManhunterThe Green Lantern and Darkseid, have all been dangled by Snyder as what you’ll get in his non-slimmed-down model.

Snyder has since dropped an precise picture (albeit blurry) of Darkseid, a tyrant who guidelines the hell-planet Apokolips. “He is coming… to HBO Max,” Snyder tweeted.

It is lengthy been rumored Ray Porter had accomplished voice work for the character, till the villain was deserted, together with just a few different characters, in Joss Whedon’s theatrical minimize. We’ll have to attend a 12 months to see how his inclusion, alongside Ciaran Hinds’ villain Steppenwolf, will have an effect on the general construction of the film.

Porter confirmed his involvement with the film on Twitter: “I performed Darkseid in Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’. There. It is out now.”

New Steppenwolf design

Snyder took to Vero, his social media platform of choice in early August to drop a nonetheless exhibiting off his authentic imaginative and prescient for villain Steppenwolf. 

“Simply working at present pulled this out of the editorial sorry he is Low decision however I’ve seen him in all his hi-Rez glory and he is a factor to behold fast query… what number of [email protected]*ks do you assume he provides???” Snyder wrote in the caption.

Let’s perform a little comparability.


Snyder’s HBO Max model of Steppenwolf (left) vs. the theatrical minimize model.


What do you reckon seems to be higher? Snyder’s model of Steppenwolf is likely to be a bit taller and the shimmery fish-spine spikes give a much less dirty, extra cutthroat really feel.

A brand new go well with for Superman

Superman’s black suit, beforehand seen in a scene deleted from the 2017 theatrical minimize, is featured in a brand new clip that Snyder dropped at July’s Justice Con.

The clip exhibits Superman (Henry Cavill) paying Alfred Pennyworth (Jeremy Irons) a go to in Bruce Wayne’s compound. It is quick, but it surely provides you a reasonably good have a look at Superman’s darker equipment.

A mini-series

To make sure Surprise Lady, Batman, Superman, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg and the remainder have ample character-building display time, a mini-series, or six “chapters” may very well be within the playing cards, in response to the Reporter. (The opposite rumored possibility is a four-hour director’s minimize, however let’s not encourage that.)

After DC FanDome, we are able to affirm Snyder’s minimize will seem on HBO Max in 4 hour-long elements, however will even be accessible to observe as a whole film as soon as all 4 elements had been launched. Snyder additionally stated DC was engaged on a distribution plan for areas the place HBO Max is not accessible.

A unique end-credits scene

Ultimately-credits of the theatrical minimize, sword-wielding murderer Deathstroke joins Lex Luthor to create their very own Justice League. Deathstroke actor Joe Manganiello advised we’d see a distinct scene, linked to Deathstroke’s involvement in Ben Affleck‘s now-canned Batman film.

A brand new spherical of capturing

Given the completely different scenes and characters, all of it seemed like there will be reshoots with the solid (post-lockdown). Nonetheless, that risk appeared to have been confidently squashed out.

“There’s not going to be any reshoots of any form with any actors,” movie reporter Umberto Gonzalez stated on a podcast for The Wrap in Could. Gonzalez is the founding father of Heroic Hollywood and was one of many first to listen to rumors about The Snyder Reduce’s launch.

“It is simply further dialogue. Here is one thing that hasn’t been reported but: [Snyder] did need to shoot and he wished to do further pictures, however HBO Max stated no, that is not occurring. We’ll offer you cash for post-production, for particular results, for scoring and even ADR, however no reshoots of any form on this film.”

In October, nevertheless, The Hollywood Reporter reported a brand new spherical of capturing and the completion of unfinished scenes is at present underway, with Ben Affleck, Ray Fisher, Amber Heard and Jared Leto amongst these working.

Why is it such a giant deal?

Members of the solid, from Gal Gadot (Surprise Lady), Henry Cavill (Superman) to Jason Momoa (Aquaman), have all rallied behind The Snyder Reduce, alongside a long-running fan marketing campaign on social media urging Warner Bros. to launch it. After trending on and off for a 12 months, #ReleaseTheSnyderCut recently surged on Twitter within the lead as much as the two-year anniversary of Justice League’s launch.

Now, in response to this huge outpour of assist, WarnerMedia Leisure (which owns HBO Max) chairman Robert Greenblatt launched the assertion:

“Since I bought right here 14 months in the past, the mantra to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut has been a day by day drumbeat in our places of work and inboxes. Properly, the followers have requested and we’re thrilled to lastly ship. On the finish of the day, it truly is all about them and we’re past excited to have the ability to launch Zack’s final imaginative and prescient for this movie in 2021. This might by no means have occurred if it weren’t for the laborious work and mixed efforts of the groups at HBO Max and Warner Bros. Footage.”

Snyder additionally dropped the large information to followers watching his Man of Metal quarantine watch occasion.

“I need to thank HBO Max and Warner Brothers for this courageous gesture of supporting artists and permitting their true visions to be realized. Additionally a particular thanks to all of these concerned within the SnyderCut motion for making this a actuality.”

When and the place will it come out?

The Zack Snyder minimize of Justice League will likely be launched on HBO Max someday in 2021. The streaming service, which hosts a great deal of unique content material from WarnerMedia and DC Comics, launched Could 27. Here is find out how to sign up.

Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill reply

A bunch of the solid jumped on Instagram to congratulate Snyder following the information.

“I am very excited Zack’s getting the possibility to lastly see his imaginative and prescient realized,” Affleck stated on the Kevin Smith Podcast.

Henry Cavill wrote, “Huge congratulations to you, Mr Snyder!”

Superman additionally shared just a few extra of his emotions on the film in an interview with Variety, printed late June.

“I am simply actually completely happy that Zack bought to comprehend his imaginative and prescient,” Cavill stated. “I feel it is essential for a filmmaker and a storyteller to have their supposed imaginative and prescient launched and proven to the world and I am wanting ahead to seeing it myself. It has been fairly the ordeal.”

Jason Momoa, aka prideofgypsies, wrote on Instagram in Could: “WE WANT lastly it is occurring. your welcome. justice served. all my aloha to everybody who made this occur. all of the followers. we love you. ALOHA J.”

And Ray Fisher, aka Cyborg, wrote: “For individuals who fought. For individuals who believed. Thanks.”

New posters

Lastly, HBO Max launched new posters of the gang.

Initially printed Could 20.
Updates, Could 24
: Provides Ben Affleck’s response; Could 26: Provides head of HBO Max’s feedback, Ray Porter tweet; Could 27: Provides Darkseid picture; June 8: Provides colour grading and no reshoots particulars; June 18: Provides Darkseid teaser; June 24: Provides Henry Cavill feedback; July 26: Provides Superman’s black go well with; Aug. 9: Provides Steppenwolf new design; Aug. 20: Provides mini teaser. Aug. 23: Provides new trailer from DC FanDome.

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Jennifer Bisset