When Justice League hit cinemas in 2017, critical response was not good (to say the least) and Warner Brothers had clearly dropped the ball by hiring Joss Whedon to finish what Zack Snyder had started.
A small–but-dedicated group of fans began asking if Zack Snyder’s cut of the film existed, then demanded to see what Snyder’s cut of Justice League would have looked like.
In 2020, Warner Brothers relented and announced that the Snyder Cut would see the light of day. We got Zack Snyder’s Justice League in 2021, an acclaimed-yet-flawed masterpiece—imperfect but vastly superior to what had been released in theaters four years prior.
Now what? When do we get to see Snyder’s next chapter?
Warner Brothers have been silent about making any new movies with Snyder, and Snyder himself has admitted slim chance of that happening. Which is why some think the next chapter should be housed where Snyder’s vision first came to life: HBO Max.
When Warner Brothers released Zack Snyder’s Justice League on their self-owned streaming platform, they saw an increase in subscriptions. Wouldn’t it make sense to continue there? We think it would.
Here are several reasons why we think Zack Snyder’s vision of Justice League should play out on HBO Max as a TV series.
The Fans Want Justice for Justice League
By the time Christopher Nolan finished The Dark Knight Trilogy, the Marvel Cinematic Universe had already built up to seeing The Avengers assemble for the first time.
Warner Brothers responded by hiring Zack Snyder to put together a shared universe of their own that would compete with the MCU. The hasty results were all over the place. No grand vision oversaw the movies to ensure continuity and consistency.
When Zack Snyder’s Justice League arrived, it was the proper culmination of a mess that turned into something as grand as the MCU. The fans want to see destiny fulfilled. They want to see Justice League finished. After all, it just got to the good part!
It Would Bring Balance to the Characters
Currently, the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) technically still exists, but it’s in a manic state. Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is the star of the universe, with her movies performing the best among critics and fans. The rest of the heroes? Not so much.
Allowing Snyder to finish his work with a blockbuster TV series (or even a miniseries) on HBO Max would bring all of the characters together and provide an opportunity to create a better-rounded universe.
The balance of having the movies all follow one thread would make the DCEU better connected with a proper sense of finality.
It Would Allow Snyder to Exit Gracefully
The way Snyder left the DCEU doesn’t reflect well on anybody.
It doesn’t reflect well on Snyder because the results of his previous movies failed to inspire confidence in the fans or the studio that he was capable of finishing the job well.
It doesn’t reflect well on Warner Brothers because they hired Joss Whedon to replace Snyder—Whedon who was subsequently accused of harassing actors and several other people on set.
It makes other filmmakers wary to work with Warner Brothers, thinking that it may not be the best place for their projects.
If Warner Brothers gave Snyder the chance to finish what he started, it could be the catharsis and reconciliation needed by everyone involved to repair relationships and reputations.
It Would Let Warner Brothers Move On
The fiasco isn’t just a shade over Zack Snyder’s head—it affects Warner Brothers as a whole, and they need to move on from the DCEU mess as much as Snyder does.
Warner Brothers has since stepped away from making team-up movies to instead make movies that can cross over heroes and villains, but not necessarily in a vast manner.
Allowing Snyder to finish his work as a series would allow Warner Brothers proper closure on the whole affair.
It Would Pump Up HBO Max Subscriptions
HBO Max has taken a beating since it launched in 2020.
It has been heavily criticized by one of Warner Brothers’ most venerated collaborative filmmakers in Christopher Nolan, who described it as too expensive for what it is. Combined with other reasons, HBO Max has failed to pick up many subscribers.
Having Snyder finish his Justice League project on the streaming platform will drive up subscriptions and show everybody that HBO Max is willing to be bold in its original programming. Warner Brothers could really use a win like that right now.
There’s No Need for Box Office Success
One of the big advantages of making a TV series or miniseries over a movie series—and the reason why so many high-profile directors are now showrunners—is that there’s no concern about the box office.
There’s a lot of financial risk when making movies, and those risks influence how movies turn out. Snyder’s previous DCEU movies failed to accomplish what Warner Brothers wanted in the box office, and that’s a big part of why he was ousted from Justice League.
The results could be phenomenal if Warner Brothers would just give Snyder a platform on HBO Max and grant him the time and creative freedom to address the broken aspects of the DCEU.
Marvel Proved That TV Series Can Work
Marvel didn’t just beat DC to the punch with its cinematic universe—they beat DC to a shared TV universe as well.
Marvel deftly showed what could be achieved with a shared universe, and their TV series’ have been wildly successful on Disney+. They’re making several more of them, and for good reason: it works!
DC could match Marvel with a proper series to cap off Zack Snyder’s Justice League. It could be bold, vast, full of major Hollywood actors, and showcase a story that could be more violent, funny, grand, and visionary than anything Marvel would dare to make.
Of course, it would be expensive. But it would also generate huge interest from all kinds of people around the globe, especially DC fans who may be jaded at this point.
It could be a TV series the likes of which nobody has ever seen before. It could hold the title of “the biggest TV series ever made.” It could be a milestone for Warner Brothers—if they’d just give it a chance.