Zack Snyder’s Justice League isn’t a traditional film release. It’s an unprecedented move by a studio, born out of a remarkable fan movement, and an event that looks to impact the industry for years to come.
And, since it’s a fan-driven anomaly, Snyder has been generous with his fans in participating in countless interviews, offering information, and revealing what went on behind-the-scenes then and now. But, the constant flow of news and reveals tends to lead to.
In an interview with IGN Fan Fest, via Game Spot, Snyder shared that a black and white version of his Zack Snyder’s Justice League is coming to HBO Max after the color version streams on March 18.
Snyder also claimed this new additional version will receive its own title, aptly dubbed the Justice is Gray edition:
“There is Zack Snyder’s Justice League ‘Justice is Gray’ edition, which is the black and white version, which I’m a huge advocate of and huge admirer of. For me, it’s my favorite version of the movie. I understand that people want to see it in color, and that’s great, and I really want them to enjoy it in color. But for me, the ultimate version is the black and white IMAX version of the movie, which is sort of the penultimate ridiculous movie that shouldn’t exist at its highest most fetishistic level, and I really, really love that.”
This is somewhat of a surprise announcement considering the number of interviews Snyder participated in promoting his cut. And, from his statements, this additional version sounds like a passion project of the director’s.
But, HBO Max won’t be the only platform to view this bonus version of his film. In fact, Snyder claimed he plans to release his black and white version and its colorized version in IMAX. This explains the cut’s aspect ratios yet raises the question of why he didn’t use IMAX cameras.
“I didn’t use the IMAX cameras per se, because their cameras aren’t sound. And so I knew there was gonna be a lot of dialogue in this movie but I did shoot it in the aspect ratio that would be ideal for the big 1:4:3 theaters. And so when you see it in its big square, it’s unbelievable because you know they’ve never done a movie in IMAX that’s entirely in that aspect ratio, and they’ve never done one in black and white so it’s kind of it’s kind of two firsts in a row so it’s kind of fun to see.”