Some lucky fans got an eyeful of the highly anticipated four-hour Zack Snyder cut of the Justice League movie last Monday when they tried to watch Tom & Jerry.
Long rumored and finally brought to fruition, fans have been waiting years for the arrival of the Zack Snyder director’s cut of Justice League. It’s supposed to be released on March 18, but on Monday some lucky viewers who just wanted a little mindless fun watching the new CGI/live-action hybrid film Tom & Jerry movie instead saw about an hour’s worth of the Snyder cut.
“Zack Snyder’s Justice League was temporarily available on HBO Max and the error was addressed within minutes,” the streaming service said in a statement.
HBO Max might not even have caught the Justice League Snyder Cut error had not been for a tweet by Doug Bass of Charlotte, North Carolina. Bass had attempted to watch Tom & Jerry, but instead was able to access one hour of Justice League before it was cut off. When Bass tried to restart the film, Tom & Jerry played as it should have, suggesting that users were able to cache a certain amount of Justice League in the window it was available.
Other users noted the problem as well. If you attempted to play Tom & Jerry, you got the Snyder Cut. If you paused the film, a message said the user was watching Tom & Jerry.
Some users shared screenshots of Justice League, but on Monday night, Twitter sent takedown notices on behalf of Warner Bros. to those who shared screenshots (which is why our copy of Doug Bass’ tweet has no graphic).
Zack Snyder’s Justice League is one of the most anticipated HBO Max titles of the year. The project took on almost mythic status after Snyder left the film due to a family tragedy, only to return to complete his vision more than three years after a theatrical cut he did not oversee hit theaters. Snyder shot several new minutes for his cut, which was announced in May, including a scene between Ben Affleck (Batman) and Jared Leto (Joker).
For Bass, seeing a bit of Justice League was a nice surprise on a Monday afternoon.
The real release date for the Zack Snyder Cut of Justice League weighs in at a whopping 4 hours running time, and makes its official debut on the HBO Max streaming service on March 18.
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