Photo: IGN
Photo: IGN

In less than a week we watch the Snyder Cut. Yes, we've blocked out a sixth of a day for the mega-comic book movie from director Zack Snyder, here to try and erase the terrible taste of the original Justice League movie. And it's coming to HBO Max. The film, demanded by fans for years, is the big re-edit of 2017's version from Snyder and Joss Whedon. The latter was brought in to fill in for Snyder, who had to leave the project following the death of his daughter.

Justice League’s Snyder Cut Was Leaked on HBO Max

The long-awaited “Snyder cut” of the superhero movie Justice League was accidentally released on streaming service HBO Max on Monday, before being removed.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, customers who were attempting to access the new Tom and Jerry movie found that instead the service played Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which is due to be released on 19 March. One user reported on social media that more than an hour of the film (which has an official run time of 242 minutes) was screened.

The new version was created after a fan campaign that began after the release of the original film in 2017, to unimpressed reviews. It starred Ben Affleck as Batman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, who team up to battle supervillain Steppenwolf.

Snyder, the film’s credited director, left the project in May 2017 during postproduction, following the death of his daughter. Joss Whedon, who had co-written the film’s script and directed Marvel superhero films The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, took over the and reportedly set up extensive reshoots.

After the film was removed from HBO Max, takedown notices were reportedly sent to social media users who had posted screenshots of the film.

Zack Snyder accepts that his Justice League is "not canon"

Photo: Getty Images
Photo: Getty Images

Zack Snyder has accepted that his version of Justice League is "not canon" within the DC Extended Universe.

The director will be releasing his version of the 2017 movie this month on HBO Max in the US and Sky Cinema and NOW TV in the UK, though questions have arisen as to how official it is within the DC world.

Speaking to the DC Cinematic Cast podcast ahead of the movie's release, Snyder explained: "It's interesting, sort of in the DCEU, or whatever it's become, that that trilogy [Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, Justice League] sort of insulates itself in some ways it becomes, like, it's its own thing now.

"I famously said, and it's true, this is not saying anything, this isn't controversial... But you know that this film, my Justice League, is not canon, right? Canon for Warner Bros. is the Joss Whedon version of Justice League, right?

"That's, in their mind, that's canon. And what I'm doing is not. Everything is not. So it's just interesting, that relationship.

"And I'm fine with it because I feel like the only way that I could have made this film with autonomy was because of that, because of me admitting and agreeing to the fact that it is not canon."

The director went on to admit: "I understand the frustration. If someone was frustrated by that concept, I wouldn't say don't be frustrated by it. It's fine to be frustrated by it, I'm frustrated by it.

"The grander, greater concept for the DCEU is on another road... And there's nothing I can do about that. That is just, it is what it is. It's not my decision."

How to watch the Snyder Cut in Canada: Crave

In Canada, The Snyder Cut will stream exclusively on Crave, which is a standard way for our friends in the great white north to watch HBO content.

Crave is normally $9.99 per month, and you may need the Movies + HBO add-on to see the Snyder Cut — which means tacking on an additional $9.99 per month.

How to watch the Snyder Cut in the UK: Sky Cinema and NOW TV

Justice League: Snyder Cut will be streaming in the UK and internationally, but not on HBO Max. That's because the service is not available outside of the US.

To see the film, you'll need to pay up through one of the traditional video-on-demand services — or get it through Sky Cinema or NOW TV. More specifically, the Snyder Cut will be exclusive to Sky Cinema in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Austria.

So, if you don't want to use one of the former, that means going to Amazon, Apple and other services to rent the film out. Unless you're in China, France or Japan — where the release date is TBD according to Snyder.

It's unknown as to whether or not you'll be able to just rent or if digital purchases will be available. We should know closer to the release date, if not on March 18 itself.

How to watch Snyder Cut in the US: HBO Max

The HBO Max app is available on Roku, Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Android devices and Android TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Playstation 4 and PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S, as well as Samsung TVs (2016 and later) and Chrome, Firefox and Safari web browsers.

HBO Max is one of the new kids on the streaming block but it's already got a ton to offer, including all of HBO's prestige series, like Game of Thrones, The Sopranos and The Wire. Plus, the service has its own originals like American Pickle and The Flight Attendant. HBO Max costs $15 per month.

How to watch Zack Snyder's Justice League: stream the Snyder Cut online in Australia

Aussies will be able to stream Zack Snyder's Justice League from Thursday, March 18 on Australia's home for HBO content, the streaming service Binge

Pricing starts at just AUD$10 a month, but you can check out a FREE Binge trial first to see if it's right for you, essentially making Zack Snyder's Justice League free to watch as part of your subscription – no extra rental or purchase fees necessary.

Additionally, you will also be able to stream the film on Foxtel Now. This streaming service is much more expensive, though costing AU$25 per month for the mandatory Essential Pop & Lifestyle pack, and a further AU$20 per month for the Movies add-on - though a 10-day free trial slightly mitigates things.

How to watch Snyder Cut’s Justice League from anywhere on Earth

Photo: HBO Max
Photo: HBO Max

To stream Snyder’s Justice League edit, you’ll need to connect to a US server before trying to access HBO Max. While a VPN will let you spoof your location by giving you that connection, you’ll also need to open up an HBO Max account. A VPN will let you connect anonymously and pack extra security into the deal. It won’t expose your private data to unknown individuals who are sharing your network. A VPN encrypts your data to prevent interception. HBO blocks several VPNs, so you’ll need an HBO-friendly option like NordVPN. The service provider lets you load up HBO and start your viewing without pausing to switch to a server in the USA. That makes it one of the most streamlined options for viewing the Snyder cut.

NordVPN unblocks everything from BBC and Netflix to Hulu and HBO Max, using a zero logs policy to secure your anonymity. Its military-grade encryption lets you connect as many as six devices simultaneously across platforms and, if you get stuck, its 24/7 customer support chat will get you unstuck promptly.

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