The geek world has received some pretty big news in recent days after it was confirmed that the much-discussed ‘Snyder Cut’ of Justice League will finally be getting a release.

While many will be rejoicing at the prospect of getting to see how the DCEU’s guiding light had planned for the team-up movie to go, the way it is set to be launched has also put a fairly major spotlight on changing trends in the movie industry.

A new way to reach fans

The decision to launch the film on the streaming service HBO Max is an intriguing one for a number of reasons. However, one of the most interesting elements is the fact that – on a practical level – it could be seen as the easiest option in terms of getting it out there to fans.

In previous decades, viewers might have only seen a new version of such a film if a studio had agreed to release a Director’s Cut in cinemas or perhaps go down the route of issuing the special version through a physical release on DVD or Blu-ray. However, it could be suggested that the use of a streaming platform removes some of the logistics around that.

Furthermore, with an article from suggesting that the new cut of Justice League could be up to four hours long, and may even be split into six chapters, the use of a streaming service also means fans have the chance to take in the content at their own speed or convenience.

A growing influence

All in all, the announcement clearly emphasises the massive role that streaming now plays across the board in the world of entertainment.

Streaming the latest tracks and albums has become the norm for many of us, while watching films and TV on such platforms is a big part of life these days too. As explains, for example, streaming also has a major role in online casino gaming, with “live” experiences giving players the chance to play games where dealers reveal hands in real-time via a video link. More traditional forms of gaming are also embracing the concept, with Google Stadia notably giving people the chance to stream titles directly to a range of different devices.


Of course, there are plenty of other examples of the movie industry embracing streaming in recent times too. For example, visit and you will see a range of original acclaimed hits that the service has been involved in, including Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story.

More to come?

With all of that in mind, it could be said that the news of the Snyder Cut is just the latest fascinating development which shows how streaming is having a transformative effect on the entire world of entertainment.

It will be intriguing to see what the finished article looks like, but it will also be interesting to note if this also leads to more situations where directors or studios go down the route of releasing new versions of films on streaming services, in order to showcase their alternative visions. We will just have to wait and see.













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