Is there a chance that Zack Snyder’s Justice League could receive a theatrical release? The director seems to think it’s a possibility.
As work continues on Zack Snyder’s Justice League, we knew that the film will be broken up into four parts for release on HBO Max. With that length, and the fact it was an HBO Max exclusive in the U.S., a theatrical release seemed like an outside chance. It seems, however, that talks are at least happening, and if it does, there’s a chance it could be rated R.
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Snyder said, “Here’s one piece of information nobody knows: The movie is insane and so epic and is probably rated R — that’s one thing I think will happen, that it will be an R-rated version, for sure. We haven’t heard from the MPAA, but that’s my gut.”
As to what would possibly earn that R-rating, Snyder said, “There’s one scene where Batman drops an F-bomb. Cyborg is not too happy with what’s going on with his life before he meets the Justice League, and he tends to speak his mind. And Steppenwolf is pretty much just hacking people in half. So [the rating would be due to] violence and profanity, probably both.”
Typically when a film is released exclusively on cable or streaming service it doesn’t receive an MPAA rating, making this a bit puzzling. Snyder clarified by saying that his version of Justice League may indeed receive a theatrical release. “I’m a huge fan and a big supporter of the cinematic experience, and we’re already talking about Justice League playing theatrically at the same time it’s coming to HBO Max,” said Snyder. “So weirdly, it’s the reverse [of the trend].”
No release date for Zack Snyder’s Justice League has been announced as of yet other than some time in 2021.