Zack Snyder Says Justice League May Get R-Rated Theatrical Release

From theater to limited series, back to theaters, Zack Snyder's Justice League is all over the place.

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When Justice League hit theaters in 2017, it didn't do very well. In fact, it kind of bombed. Now, though, it seems that the movie may get a second chance, and not just on WarnerMedia's HBO Max streaming service, but to theaters, too.

Talking to EW this week, Snyder elaborated on the work he's doing on the re-shot, re-cut Justice League.

"This movie is so insane and epic and is probably rated R," he said. "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."

"There's one scene where Batman drops an F-bomb. Cyborg is not too happy with what's going on in 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," Snyder explained, adding that the rating would be due to both violence and profanity.

That's not all, though. On top of all that, Snyder says the movie might head back to theaters.

"I'm a huge fan and a big supporter of the cinematic experience," Snyder said. "We're already talking about Justice League playing theatrically at the same time its coming to HBO Max. So weirdly, it's the reverse [of the trend]."

The trend Snyder refers to is the recent decision made by WarnerMedia executives to debut all 2021 Warner Bros. movies on the HBO Max streaming service day-and-date with their theatrical releases in hopes of bolstering the still-young streaming service. Directors like Denis Villeneuve, Christopher Nolan, and Patty Jenkins have all spoken out about the decision to varying degrees. Theater chains like AMC and Regal have been even less kind.

With Snyder's movie being pushed as a big reason for people to subscribe to HBO Max, it's a bit of a surprise to hear that the movie might show up in theaters. Justice League is being re-imagined as a four-hour limited series, too, and theaters are notoriously averse to long movies, since they cannot schedule as many sessions as they can with shorter films. Finally, the first COVID-19 vaccines are only just this week being administered in the United States, suggesting that a theatrical release in the first quarter, as previous hinted by WarnerMedia boss Jason Kilar, would be difficult for the already unique movie to navigate.

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