Zack Snyder has truly earned his superhero stripes after confirming that he’s not getting paid for the new Justice League cut.
The filmmaker is finally set to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut to HBO Max on March 18, giving fans the re-do of Joss Whedon’s panned version they so desperately longed for.
It will see the return of Jared Leto as The Joker, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman.
Despite the momentous task of re-editing around 70% of the film, Snyder has taken one for the team by doing the job for free.
Speaking to Vanity Fair, the director revealed: ‘I’m not getting paid.
‘I didn’t want to be beholden to anyone, and it allowed me to keep my negotiating powers with these people pretty strong.’
Snyder was, of course, paid for his earlier work on the blockbuster but this time wanted more room to shape the narrative.
The latest version of Justice League cost an estimated $70 million (£50 million) to rework so no doubt the studio are relieved at saving a few pennies this time around.
Snyder, 54, was forced to step down from Justice League in 2017 after his daughter tragically died by suicide.
His wife Deborah, who is also a producer on the film, advised Snyder not to watch Whedon’s version which was heavily criticised by fans.
She explained: ‘It was just… it’s a weird experience. I don’t know how many people have that experience. You’ve worked on something for a long time, and then you leave, and then you see what happened to it.’
Snyder’s Justice League deliciously spans four hours and will be split into singular episodes before being shown in one full version, making for a marathon that even Marvel may struggle to rival.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League heads to HBO Max on March 18. It will be available to rent via VOD in the UK.