'Justice League' Snyder Cut Photo Released By Director, Epic Runtime Revealed

Justice League director Zack Snyder confirmed on social media that not only does he have a director's cut—often called the Snyder Cut by fans—but it's a whopping 214 minutes long.

On Wednesday, Snyder shared a photo of four film canisters comprising his own cut of the superhero epic, labeled "Z.S. JL Directors Cut." Visible on the containers is also the movie's 214-minute runtime, which means his version of Justice League clocks in at over three and a half hours—a full five minutes longer than Martin Scorsese's sprawling Netflix crime masterpiece, The Irishman.

The Snyder Cut disclosure lends weight to the rumor that the highly sought after alternate version of Justice League may get an actual release, rather than forever remaining a piece of movie ephemera locked away in the Warner Bros. vault.

Originally released in November, 2017, the theatrical cut of Justice League was the end result of multiple reshoots and compromises, beginning with studio concerns during filming in the wake of negative reviews for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. After the death of his daughter, Snyder left work on Justice League early in post-production and Warner Bros. handed the reins to director Joss Whedon, who led substantial reshoots aimed at establishing a lighter tone for the series following the dour Batman v Superman.

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Wonder Woman, Batman and the Flash speak with Commissioner Gordon in "Justice League." Warner Bros.

Despite making more than $650 million worldwide, Justice League was considered a financial failure, additionally panned by critics for its uninspiring villain, weak plot and rushed special effects. Fans of Snyder's previous entries in the DC Extended Universe, beginning with 2013 Superman reboot Man of Steel, were quick to lay the blame at Whedon's feet, calling for Warner Bros. to release a version of the movie closer to Snyder's original vision.

While the campaign for the release of the Snyder Cut looked like a quixotic quest for a movie that no longer existed, Snyder Cut fervor has only grown over the years, leading to increasingly open hints that some sort of alternate version of the Justice League movie may eventually see the light of day, similar to how Richard Donner's "lost" version of Superman II was eventually released to home video in 2005.

While Warner Bros. has made no official statements regarding the Snyder Cut, Snyder confirmed its existence in March. Cast members from Justice League have also backed the Snyder Cut's release, including Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Ben Affleck (Batman) and Aquaman actor Jason Momoa, who claim to have seen Snyder's version of the movie.

Snyder's latest reveal could apply additional pressure, though, for now, a release of the Snyder Cut of Justice League remains unlikely. According to insider sources at Warner Bros., who have spoken with both The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, there are no plans to ever release the alternate version of the superhero movie.