Zack Snyder’s Justice League (read our review) has proved a massive success for Warner Bros. and HBO Max, but just how popular it is wasn’t clear until today. Now, DC’s long-awaited director’s cut of a breathtakingly bad 2017 superhero movie is going toe-to-toe with proven winners from the Mouse House and winning.
Deadline brings word of the film’s success, reporting that Zack Snyder’s Justice League trails behind Wonder Woman 1984‘s performance only slightly with a 1.8M viewership in its first five minutes during its first weekend on the streamer. Wonder Woman 1984 attracted 2.2 million viewers during a comparable time frame, which is only a bit more than what Justice League was able to do. But what is most exciting about this number is that it means that the Snyder Cut pulled in more viewers than Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier premiere, which means that Zack Snyder’s movie beat that show as well as The Mandalorian and WandaVision. That is astounding.
The analysts over at Samba TV did the polling and got these numbers, which are impressive for a film that is essentially just an extended cut of a bad movie that came out almost four years ago. Zack Snyder’s Justice League is not the best movie, nor is it even a very good one. But the journey here has been fascinating, and Zack Snyder has every right to be satisfied with his film’s success.
People have been asking for Zack Snyder’s Justice League for a long time-pretty much since the theatrical cut hit theaters back in November 2017-so this news is encouraging. People were extremely upset when Snyder left the film and handed the reins over to Joss Whedon back in May 2017, even if it was for a deeply personal, deeply painful reason.
Whedon’s theatrical cut ended up doing more harm than good, prompting fans to push even harder for Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Ray Fisher’s allegations against Whedon, Geoff Johns, and DC president Walter Hamada, coupled with the multiple allegations against Whedon leveled by Buffy the Vampire Slayer cast members, clouded the Justice League with negative press and lots of strange theories and rumors years after it hit theaters. At this point, it is not unfair for people to be tired of everything Justice League. Hopefully, though, more people tune in to the Snyder Cut and give the director’s original vision for the film a fighting chance.
Circling back to those aforementioned numbers: This may not be the wild success that Snyder diehards were hoping for, but it beat out a highly anticipated Marvel team-up show that is, admittedly, of much higher quality. That is something, and there will definitely be some who will find that to be more than enough for them to feel vindicated about.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League is now available exclusively on HBO Max. If you have not at least tried to watch it yet, what are you waiting for? It is a fun film. Sure, it clocks in at just over four hours long, but it feels like two-and-a-half at best and three at worst. It is worth checking out, even if it’s just to be able to say that you saw it.