HBO Max, the streaming service, accidentally released Zack Snyder’s cut of the 2017 film Justice League, best known as the Snyder’s Cut, instead of streaming the live-action animation film Tom and Jerry Movie on Tuesday.
Tom and Jerry Movie had a theatrical release on February 26 in the USA along with a month’s simultaneous streaming release on HBO Max.
Fans of Justice League across the world had a treat when they clicked on Warner Bros Pictures’ Tom and Jerry Movie on the streaming platform and got to an hour of Snyder’s Cut from the upcoming four-hour-long film that is due to release on March 18.
Among the first viewers was Doug Bass, a realtor and digital marketing analyst based in North Carolina’s Charlotte, who had posted a screenshot from the film on Twitter that has now been taken down.
— Doug (@ThenDougSaid) March 8, 2021
According to a Variety report, the screenshot posted by Bass featured the back of Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck). Bass told the publication that “just looking for some background TV while I worked, and when I clicked on ‘Tom and Jerry,’ Snyder Cut started playing.”
Warner Bros Pictures reported Bass’ tweet claiming it to be a “stolen clip” and Bass, on Tuesday, tweeted the screenshot and said: “Is it stolen if I pressed play on a service I pay for and your service @hbomax provided the incorrect data stream? You should be more concerned with showing a rated R film when a PG film for kids was selected. #SnyderCut”
Though a spokesperson from Warner Media said “‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ was temporarily available on HBO Max and the error was addressed within minutes”, the film was available on the streaming platform for almost an hour according to viewers.
Just finished the #SnyderCut, thanks to the HBO Max leak. Don't want to spoil for anyone, but was blown away by what I saw. Having a four hour runtime to play with really freed Snyder up for some intense action and what probably amounted to eighty or ninety minutes of P90x clips
— ben mekler (@benmekler) March 8, 2021
The username @barrelfullgames further posted three short clips from the film featuring Batman, Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) and wrote: “This the last one I’m going to post and big SPOILER!!!”
Y’all trying to watch the Justice League Snyder Cut?! Go to HBO and try to watch Tom and Jerry and the back out and try it again. We got the Snyder cut baby! Hahaha. Early Happy bday gift 🔥😎 #hbo #jbatman #JusticeLeague #SnyderCut #superman #WonderWoman pic.twitter.com/xuqCyfQDEr
— barrelfullofgames (@barrelfullgames) March 8, 2021
Snyder’s Cut also features Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), among others.
The 2017 American superhero film Justice League based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name is the fifth instalment in the DC Extended Universe . Directed by Snyder and written by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon, based on a story by Terrio and Snyder, Justice League was a continuation to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and was expected to rival Avengers of DC.
The trailer of the director’s cut, also known as Snyder’s Cut, was released on the third anniversary of the film’s release in August 2020 following which HBO Max had released a second trailer in November 2020. The trailer was removed from YouTube owing to copyrights infringement for using Leonard Cohen’s song Hallelujah in the video. After resolving the issue, the two-and-a-half-minute trailer was re-released in both colour and black-and-white, with a few added scenes.