There’s good news for fans eagerly awaiting the release of the Snyder Cut of Justice League – yesterday (September 23rd) it was confirmed that reshoots with the original cast will go ahead.
Fans will know it’s been a long road to get to this point, with the theatrical version of Justice League released back in 2017. It was clear that the supposedly minimal reshoots overseen by Joss Whedon had in fact greatly changed the tone and even the plot of the movie, which launched a fan movement to release Snyder’s intended vision.
The Snyder Cut is set to arrive as a 4 part miniseries to HBO Max next year.
After Ben Affleck announced his intention to step down from the role of Batman, and with the future of Henry Cavill’s Superman still uncertain, news that both actors will be returning to their roles for the reshoots is certainly welcome. Affleck is also reprising his role for upcoming movie The Flash, which will star Ezra Miller as the titular speedster.
What is complicated, however, is that Ray Fisher is returning too. Fisher has very publicly spoken out about alleged mistreatment on the set of Justice League from Joss Whedon, and has continued to criticize Warner Bros. since.
Also returning is Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Gadot will also appear in Wonder Woman 1984, which has been delayed multiple times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s now set for release on December 25th of this year, but considering Black Widow has now been pushed back all the way to May 2021, it seems unlikely the film will stick to this date.
The Justice League reshoots are reported to last for a week maximum, and will take place in October. This suggests the work required isn’t substantial – in line with Snyder’s comments that his cut of the movie was finished in February 2017.
Considering the Snyder Cut will now take the form of a 4 part miniseries rather than a film, it makes sense that some reshoots would be required to ensure the format change works smoothly.