We all knew it would take a little extra lucre to complete the Snyder Cut of Justice League but most thought it would take $20-$30 million. Well, think higher, that’s too low.

According to Cosmic Book News and WarnerMedia Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, $20 and $30 mil. are ideal but wishful amounts. The cost, says Matt McGloin of CBN, is more like $80 million.

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That sounds like the kind of cash that needs to be recouped in theaters, if they were open, as this response points out.

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Greenblatt said on a podcast he wishes “it was just $30 million,” lending credibility to the idea reshoots will occur, racking up the cost.

Don’t forget that HBO Max’s Chief of Content, Kevin Reilly, said the service’s DC offerings will have “the highest level of cinematic production value.”

“Greg [Berlanti, who is producing a Green Lantern series for Max] has done a lot of really quality DC fare for The CW. These will not be that. These will be next step up in production value. You can expect the highest level of cinematic production values on those shows, and that’s the same for the projects we’ve announced with J.J. [Abrams].”

Some dispute the $80-mil. figure, observing Greenblatt’s comment could be in reference to anything, including negotiations and unions.

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McGloin notes Snyder “mentioned that he has some of the CGI to finish,” adding “since it will cost more than $30 million to complete the movie, we can guess that HBO Max is going to go all out and that Snyder will be adding additional things.”

“Additional things” we can expect are Darkseid in all his apocalyptic glory (which actor Ray Porter confirmed), a different arc for Steppenwolf, and the potential introduction of Martian Manhunter – who was Harry Lennix’s General Swanwick the whole time.

Snyder revealed storyboards of Manhunter assuming the form of Swanwick and Martha Kent last year. He also hinted all he needed was to film scenes in Los Angeles with Lennix. This was before the city was locked down.

Lennix seems to be on board if his tweet last week is any indication.

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Snyder informed THR his Justice League will be very different from the theatrical release:

“It will be an entirely new thing. Especially talking to those who have seen the released movie, a new experience apart from that movie…You probably saw one-fourth of what I did.”

The Justice League completed by Joss Whedon, and in turn Geoff Johns, varied greatly from Snyder’s vision. It left Cyborg’s subplot and more on the cutting table, making the movie much shorter. Snyder’s Cut is reputedly four hours and could be broken up into chapters.

THR says Snyder reached out to Cyborg actor Ray Fisher in April:

“Snyder also spent April and this month reaching out to the sizable cast, giving a heads-up on the new development and letting them know their services may be needed. (The first person called: Ray Fisher, who played Cyborg. ‘He was like, ‘You’re kidding me, right?’ recalls the director.)”

Snyder teased a larger load of character development in his film. “What’s so lovely about this is that we get to explore these characters in ways that you’re not able to in a shorter theatrical version,” he said.

HBO Max launched this week but won’t gear up for Zack Snyder’s Justice League until next year.

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