As you know, Warner Bros. has finally bowed to demand and agreed to put the Snyder Cut of Justice League into production. It’s an undertaking of great expense, with some estimates putting the re-edit at $60 million — and it may be released in pieces as a result. WB hasn’t decided exactly how they’re going to roll out this version of the film but they do know it’s premiering on their new streaming service HBO Max.

It’s not as simple as firing up the Moviola. Special effects have to be redone, CGI backgrounds have to be re-rendered, and in some cases the original actors have to be brought back in to film additional scenes. Those guys don’t work cheap!

Whenever the Snyder Cut is finally assembled and complete, one question would have hung in the air: which cut of Justice League is canon? …It would have hung in the air, that is, if Snyder hadn’t already answered it. Speaking with Beyond The Trailer on YouTube, Snyder confirmed that his Justice League will continue the storyline of Man of Steel and Batman Vs. Superman, but stop there. The Whedon cut, he says, is a different direction for the story. He likens the situation to the branches of a tree.

“Frankly, the DC cinematic universe has branched like a tree and blossomed and grown in amazing and great ways,” Snyder said. “But for me, where [Justice League] falls, I believe that it really starts to represent its own path. It’s kind of separate now from the DC cinematic universe continuity, it’s divergent in that way, and I think that’s a good thing.”

The Snyder Cut of Justice League is expected to hit HBO Max sometime in 2021.