Here’s how much the overall production of Justice League is reported to have cost. There are precious few “firsts” remaining in the world of cinema, but the release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League comes with an origin story even Clark Kent would find unlikely. Zack Snyder departed Justice League during post-production in 2017 due to personal circumstances, and was replaced by Joss Whedon. Widespread reports of mass reshoots followed, and Justice League released to poor reviews and unspectacular box office. As the sweeping changes to Snyder’s original vision became clear, fans campaigned for Justice League‘s lost cut to be released, and Warner Bros. finally acquiesced with a 2021 HBO Max release.
Needless to say, Justice League must’ve cost a pretty penny during its long road to the big and small screens. There’s the initial budget allocated to Zack Snyder – enough to make a blockbuster DC superhero movie. Then there’s the cost of Joss Whedon’s reshoots to add on. And, finally, the extra dollars needed to get Zack Snyder’s Justice League ready for public consumption. That’s quite some outlay for a forgettable theatrical release and a streaming exclusive, and HBO Max will no doubt be hoping to see an influx of subscribers to offset that investment as much as possible.
Following on from the disappointment of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zack Snyder’s plan for the DCEU was reigned in somewhat. Even before his departure, Justice League lost its “Part II” and Snyder’s horror-inspired Steppenwolf was dropped in response to accusations that the DCEU was too dark. Nevertheless, Snyder stepped onto set for his first day on Justice League looking to create a grand superhero crossover, and he was afforded a healthy budget in order to do so.