HBO Max Exec Not Worried About Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ Opening ‘Pandora’s Box’

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HBO Max head of original content Sarah Aubrey isn’t worried about other directors who may want a director’s cut of their film released after the announcement of Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

The new streaming service made a huge splash last month when WarnerMedia officially announced the release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League ahead of the service’s launch. Fans have clamored for a release of Snyder’s directors cut since the theatrical cut left fans disappointed in 2017. The theatrical cut was of course, referred to as a Frankenstein between Snyder and Joss Whedon, who was brought in to replace Snyder on the project after the director suffered a family tragedy.

The release of Snyder’s version of Justice League, which will hit HBO Max sometime in 2021, has raised many questions including whether or not WarnerMedia’s choice to release the film validates toxic fandom or whether or not the announcement could set a precedent going forward. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Aubrey was asked about whether or not other directors should expect the same treatment from the studio:

“I don’t worry about it opening up a Pandora’s box. It’s not going to be one size fits all. [As for the Snyder cut,] I think it’s already a success given the press we’ve had around it.”

Another major question surrounding Warner Bros.’ DC franchise since the announcement of Snyder’s Justice League has been whether or not fans will finally get to see David Ayer’s director’s cut of Suicide Squad. The 2016 villainous team-up flick went through many changes during its post-production process. Fans have rallied in support of Ayer over the last few weeks, targeting social media posts from the studios with the #ReleasetheAyerCut hashtag. Although the movement has not seen the same level of support as the #ReleasetheSnyderCut movement.

Ayer has also been vocal as of late, revealing new changes, defending his original script, and even calling out Geoff Johns for “breaking the timeline” in his film. While WarnerMedia has not expressed any interest in releasing Ayer’s cut of the film, the director wants to see the cut of the film released as the theatrical version does not represent his best work.

As for his cut of the film, Ayer says the film is nearly finished save for some visual effects. James Gunn, who is directing the next Suicide Squad film has also offered his support for Ayer, saying he would have no issue with the original cut being released.

But what do you think? Do you want to see David Ayer’s cut of Suicide Squad come to HBO Max? Let us know in the comments below!

Meanwhile, Zack Snyder’s Justice League will be coming to HBO Max in 2021. Here’s the official synopsis for Zack Snyder’s Justice League:

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Directed by Zack Snyder, the film stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J. K. Simmons, and Ciarán Hinds.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League will be released on HBO Max in 2021. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news surrounding the DC Extended Universe and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more video content in the future!

Source: THR

Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff

News Editor, Film/TV Reporter at Heroic Hollywood.