It seems like every other day there is some Justice League news with Zack Snyder taking every opportunity to talk about his long gestating project. The anticipation is building, almost in defiance of the observed reality elsewhere in the DCEU. The 2017 release that was hastily reshot and repackaged by Joss Whedon seems like it will be parked as a parallel universe / multiverse anomaly and the original directors grand vision may slide into its place in the DCEU.

According to a recent Entertainment Weekly interview, Snyder says the footage will probably slip the four-hour mega-movie turned event series into the realms of an R rating:

“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. 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.”

Inevitably, as questions were asked over a theatrical release, Snyder was asked about Warner Bros. decision to push all it’s slate to HBO Max. He responded diplomatically:

“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. So weirdly, it’s the reverse [of the trend].”

He went on to directly address his position on an issue that has got everyone from Denis Villeneauve to Christopher Nolan and Legendary Pictures so wound up:

“It felt like a pretty bold move and that maybe the implication wasn’t 100% thought out. I feel like there’s a lot of people panicking during COVID. I hope that, in the end, that’s what this was – some sort of knee-jerk to COVID and not some sort of greater move to disrupt the theatrical experience.

I thought we were kind of already getting very close to the ideal theatrical window where you still had marketing material out there and you hadn’t forgotten about the film by the time it came out on DVD or streaming. I thought we were starting to hone in on that sweet spot, but this kind of throws a monkey wrench in the works.”

We will get to see what an extra $70 million gets you some time in 2021.