‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ to premiere March 18

(The 4-hour blockbuster is coming to HBO Max 3/18)

Here we go. HBO Max has announced that the long awaited Zack Snyder’s Justice League will premiere Thursday, March 18 on HBO Max.

The release of the film will be supported across WarnerMedia and DC platforms, including a soundtrack release on WaterTower Music, a curated collection from Warner Bros. Consumer Products available exclusively at DC Shop, and a first-of-its-kind, immersive, at-home dining experience in the US and UK with Wonderland at Home.

The company also announced the first wave of International launches for the superhero film. Concurrent with the premiere on HBO Max in the U.S., the DC film will be available exclusively on HBO services in Europe across the Nordics, Central Europe, Spain, and Portugal as well as on the HBO GO service in Asia.

In Latin America, the title will premiere exclusively on HBO Max when the service launches in the region later this year. Details on additional international release dates and plans will be announced as soon as they are available.

Along with the announcement came three new teaser posters. As with much of Snyder’s take on the beloved DC characters, the artwork is fairly dark in tone. It would have been nice to see one a little more heroic and uplifting.

The first poster is clearly inspired by the famous Death of Superman comic cover from 1992, when DC Comics made headlines and killed off the Boy Scout.

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Below is the new synopsis of Justice League. It’s interesting that we not only get mention of Steppenwolf and Darkseid, but the despot’s aide as well DeSaad. The summary also dives more into the characters’ internal problems as well.

In Zack Snyder’s Justice League, determined to ensure Superman’s (Henry Cavill) ultimate sacrifice was not in vain, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) aligns forces with Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) with plans to recruit a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions.

The task proves more difficult than Bruce imagined, as each of the recruits must face the demons of their own pasts to transcend that which has held them back, allowing them to come together, finally forming an unprecedented league of heroes.

Now united, Batman (Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) may be too late to save the planet from Steppenwolf, DeSaad and Darkseid and their dreadful intentions.

Joss Whedon’s Justice League is currently available on HBO Max and Zack Snyder’s version will begin streaming on March 18.

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It’s a bit odd that the streamer is premiering JL on a Thursday, but the likely reason for that is because The Falcon and The Winter Soldier premieres on Disney+ the next day.

We are cautiously hopeful that this will not be Wonder Woman 1984 all over again. While the film proved to be the jumpstart HBO Max needed, as the Patty Jenkins’ film was by far the highest-streaming film during the week of December 21-27, even beating Pixar’s Soul, it was fairly awful. And gets worse upon each viewing.

The Geek is a working screenwriter, director and screenwriting instructor.