By now, it's a well-known story that Warner Bros.' Justice League film went through a troubled production. After the mediocre critical reception of 2016's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the studio decided to interfere with director Zack Snyder's vision. While Justice League was already filming at the time, many of Snyder's plans had to be changed. For example, when before Justice League was supposed to be a two-parter, it was eventually cut down to a single one.
Then, following Snyder's departure from Justice League due to a family tragedy, Joss Whedon came aboard the project to finish the film. However, much of what Snyder had filmed had been left on the cutting room floor, with Whedon helming reshoots that would reshape the entire film. The result was a film that clocked in under just two hours (at the behest of the studio), despite all of the footage that Snyder had filmed for his ambitious cut.
For the past few months, Snyder has been using his social media account on Vero to inform his fans on what some of his original plans were for Justice League, as well as the DC Extended Universe as a whole. Well, on Thursday, the director took things perhaps even further by trolling Warner Bros. directly over the final runtime of the film.
Snyder shared a picture from his own Thanksgiving celebration featuring the thermometer of a cooked turkey, with a temperature that clocked in at just a little over 120 degrees. Accompanying the picture is a message that reads: "An hour more at least."
By adding an hour to the 120 from the thermometer, it's clear that Snyder is referencing the length of his cut of Justice League. This would therefore confirm the previous rumors that Zack Snyder's cut of the film was nearly three hours long.
Something like this is bound to further fuel the demands for Warner Bros. to release Snyder's cut of the film -- demands that the director himself is thankful for. But at this point, it doesn't seem like the studio ever will release such a film.
Next up on the DCEU docket is James Wan’s Aquaman, which is slated for release Dec. 21, David F. Sandberg’s Shazam!, which hits theaters April 5, 2019 and Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 1984, which drops June 5, 2020. Further ahead, Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) will soon commence production, while Matt Reeves' solo Batman film is still in the scripting stage.