The upcoming “Snyder Cut” of Justice League (now called Justice League: The Director’s Cut) is set to run for four hours, but the original plan was for an even longer film–or, depending on how you look at it, two much shorter films. In an interview with The Film Junkee, Snyder reveals that at one point he wanted Justice League to be two films, released a month apart.
Zack Snyder ultimately left Justice League following a family tragedy, and the film was completed by Joss Whedon. The finished film changed many details from Snyder’s planned film and ran for under two hours. “Even the director’s cut of the movie was shorter than my cut,” he reveals. “Yes, this is my cut of the movie, but there was a cut that I created that I said, ‘this is too much for the studio.'”
While Snyder’s movie was meant to be two hours long, the original version he planned would have run for four hours, which he knew Warner Bros. would not let him do. “I did have this idea,” he says. “Oh, maybe we could just split it in half and make it into two two-hour movies.”
“My first idea was like, you showed two hours, and then there’s like, maybe a month, and then the next two hours come out,” he continues. “That was one of my ideas.” Ultimately, that did not happen.
Reshoots have taken place for the upcoming cut of Justice League, although they reportedly only add up to a few minutes of new footage. Much of the film’s huge $70 million budget will be spent on post-production for footage shot before Snyder left the film.
Jared Leto’s controversial Joker will return for Justice League, and Ezra Miller recently shot new footage of his character, The Flash, from the set of Fantastic Beasts 3.
For more on the upcoming cut of Justice League, here’s everything else we know about it.