How to watch ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ – the 4-hour superhero epic is an HBO Max exclusive

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“Zack Snyder’s Justice League” will be twice as long as the original cut released in 2017.

  • “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” will debut on HBO Max on March 18.
  • Nicknamed the #SnyderCut, the film overhauls the 2017 release with roughly two hours of new footage.
  • The “Snyder Cut” won’t be released in theaters, so you need HBO Max ($15 a month) to watch.

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HBO Max will premiere “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” on March 18; the result of a multi-year fan campaign to see the director’s vision of the DC Comics super team as he originally intended.

The DC Comics cinematic universe has struggled to garner the commercial success and acclaim enjoyed by Marvel movies, but Snyder’s grounded interpretations of iconic DC heroes, like Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, have found a dedicated fan base. Those tireless fans lobbied for years until Warner Bros. agreed to spend $70 million to create a new cut of “Justice League” based on Snyder’s original script.

The 2017 theatrical release of “Justice League” received a lukewarm reception from critics and fans of Snyder’s prior films in the DC universe. Though Snyder was in charge for the majority of the movie’s production, a series of personal tragedies, including the death of Snyder’s daughter, forced him to leave the project before it was complete.

Warner Bros. hired “Avengers” director Joss Whedon to complete “Justice League,” leading to substantial changes to the film’s story and reshoots for new scenes. Several cast members have spoken out against Whedon’s conduct on set, with Cyborg actor Ray Fisher vowing never to work on another film handled by DC Films President Walter Hamada, who oversaw an investigation into Whedon’s conduct after the movie was released.

Despite the completion of Snyder’s cut, the director told fans it’s unlikely that we’ll see a continuation of his “Justice League” franchise. Gal Gadot reprised her role as Wonder Woman in “Wonder Woman 1984” earlier this year, and Ezra Miller is expected to begin filming “The Flash” in April 2021. Robert Pattinson’s upcoming “The Batman” will not share a connection with “Justice League,” while Ta-Nehisi Coates and J.J. Abrams are reportedly working on a new “Superman” film.

How does ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ compare to the original?

“Zack Snyder’s Justice League” features several changes to the original film, including the addition of a significant appearance from the DC villain Darkseid, and a new look for the alien antagonist Steppenwolf.

Cyborg, a hero introduced to DC films in “Justice League,” is said to play a crucial role in the revised story as well. Snyder has also revealed the appearance of Batman’s nemesis the Joker, played by Jared Leto.

Snyder says his version of “Justice League” won’t be using any of the reshoot material directed by Joss Whedon, but it will be adding tons of new footage to match his original script. Snyder’s “Justice League” will reportedly run four hours, roughly twice as long as the original. Snyder also hinted that the film could end on a cliffhanger, since he intended it to be part of a series of movies, like “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame.”

How to watch ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ on HBO Max

“Zack Snyder’s Justice League” will debut on HBO Max on March 18. It’ll be available for unlimited viewing as part of an HBO Max subscription for $15 a month. Most HBO cable subscribers can also access HBO Max through their TV provider account at no extra cost.

You can stream HBO Max in your browser, or download the HBO Max app on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple devices, Android, Xbox, PlayStation, and many smart TVs.

HBO Max just started making movies available in 4K resolution with HDR contrast earlier this year, along with Dolby Atmos audio. It’s unclear whether “Justice League” will support those features as of yet, but you can check the list of compatible 4K devices to make sure yours is on the list.

What else is coming to HBO Max?

Beyond “Justice League,” Warner Bros. has been bringing all of its new theatrical releases to HBO Max during 2021. Other films available right now include “Tom & Jerry” and “Judas and the Black Messiah.”

The next movies scheduled for release are “Godzilla vs. Kong” on March 31 and “Mortal Kombat” on April 16. The more kid-friendly “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” starring LeBron James and the Looney Tunes, is scheduled to hit HBO Max on July 16.

We’ve also put together a full list of every upcoming Warner Bros. movie scheduled to hit theaters and HBO Max in 2021.

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How Ben Affleck became an accidental Dunkin’ influencer

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Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas take a stroll, with a cup of Dunkin’ iced coffee, in July.

  • Ben Affleck’s love for Dunkin’ proved a constant through the unpredictable and stressful 2020. 
  • The actor appeared in countless paparazzi photos with his trusty Dunkin’ iced coffee at his side, cementing the connection between him and the iconic coffee chain. 
  • Drayton Martin, Dunkin’s vice president of brand stewardship, told Business Insider that the chain does not have any official partnership with Affleck, calling him a “true lover of the brand.” 
  • Instead, Ben Affleck seems to have become an accidental Dunkin’ influencer, lighting up the internet with his genuine love for the coffee chain. 
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In a year of uncertainty and stress, there has been one constant: Ben Affleck’s love for Dunkin’. 

Affleck, who claims to drink Dunkin’ every day, has had two constant partners during the pandemic: his girlfriend and fellow actor Ana de Armas, and a cup of Dunkin’ iced coffee. As many celebrities stayed out of sight, Affleck appeared in countless paparazzi photos with his trusty Dunkin’ at his side.

The final days of 2020 brought one last Affleck-Dunkin’ sighting. Paparazzi caught Affleck, decked out in Boston gear, fumbling an order of iced coffees and Munchkins on the doorstep of his California home. The photos went viral, as photos of Affleck and Dunkin’ are wont to do. 

 

“Ben Affleck is a pap favorite,” Bobby Finger and Lindsey Weber, hosts of the celebrity podcast Who Weekly, told Business Insider in an email. According to the hosts, Affleck is known for just being himself, “a dude from Boston.” 

“And aside from the Red Sox and clam chowder, Dunkin’ Donuts is as Boston as it gets,” Finger and Weber added. 

Affleck’s appreciation for Dunkin’ isn’t new. But, over the last few years, his love for the chain has transcended from a quirky talk show talking point to a sort of cultural touchstone. 

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Affleck and de Armas in April.

 When Dunkin’ announced it was closing locations earlier this year, Jezebel asked: “What Does Ben Affleck Think About Dunkin Donuts Closing 450 Stores?”

A social media rumor sparked a Vulture investigation into if Dunkin’ keeps Affleck’s order on file. (Conclusion: Dunkin’ says no, so, probably not?)

Affleck’s love for Dunkin’ has spawned endless tweets, further linking the actor and the chain.

Carrie Wittmer, a freelance writer who has tweeted about Affleck and Dunkin’ with some frequency, said she thinks of Affleck as an accidental Dunkin’ influencer. 

“I have always been a Dunkin’ Donuts coffee fan,” Wittmer said. “My parents are coffee snobs and Dunkin’ was one of the only fast food places they got coffee from and I usually have Dunkin’ coffee for my home brew.”

But, Wittmer said, Affleck has made her think about Dunkin’ even more than usual this year. 

As Affleck’s paparazzi shots with Dunkin’ proliferate, they have sparked questions regarding Affleck’s relationship with the chain. After all, Dunkin’ has rolled out some wild marketing in 2020, from a partnership with Homesick candles to a merch lineup that includes bedding and scrunchies. A sponsorship deal with Ben Affleck would not be out of the realm of possibility. 

Read more: How Dunkin’ stole Starbucks’ crown as king of social media in 2020 using TikTok stars, purple drinks, and coffee-scented candles

Is Affleck getting paid by the coffee chain as part of a stealth sponsorship deal? Or, does he just really love Dunkin’?  

Is Dunkin’ paying Ben Affleck to drink coffee? 

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Affleck and his Dunkin’ order in April.

We needed answers from Dunkin’, both about Affleck and some of the chain’s official marketing strategies. (Again, Dunkin’ successfully launched a $34 Homesick candle that smelled like coffee.) So, earlier in December, Business Insider spoke with Drayton Martin, Dunkin’s vice president of brand stewardship. 

Martin had a lot to say about Dunkin’s partnerships and marketing strategies, as the chain has worked to puncture potential customers’ perceptions of the brand. Dunkin’ has partnered with a number of celebrities, including rapper Snoop Dogg and TikTok star Charli D’Amelio. But, Martin said, it does not have any official partnership with Affleck.  

“He is a true lover of the brand and it is all his spontaneous expression,” Martin said.

“We love Ben Affleck. … He’s obviously from the Boston area and a terrific brand ambassador, but that’s his own doing,” she added. 

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Affleck in March.

Martin’s answer lines up with Weber and Finger’s conclusion that “Ben just genuinely has gotta have his Dunkies.”

“If it’s all some sort of covert paid sponsorship, congrats to Ben,” they said. “But if there’s anything to know about doing ads, it’s that it’s basically work and work tends to ruin things you love! It appears that Ben truly still loves his java.” 

In other words, Affleck’s Dunkin’ obsession has become the best kind of free advertising. It is coming from someone that genuinely loves the brand, with a passion that won’t be tarnished by a paycheck. As a frequent paparazzi target, Affleck gives Dunkin’ more face time than celebrities who avoid photographers (or, who are more low key about their love for Dunkin’.)

Anecdotally, it’s a relationship that is paying off for Dunkin’. Finger said he has found himself craving Dunkin’ after seeing yet another paparazzi shot of Affleck with his iced coffee. (Weber said she is always craving Dunkin’.) And, while Whittmer said she would have bought the Dunkin’ Homesick candle without Affleck’s influence, the Affleck-Dunkin’ connection has made her appreciate both more in 2020. 

“I have always loved both, but I have never thought more about either,” Whittmer said. 

Read the full story of how Dunkin’ stole Starbucks’ crown as king of social media in 2020 here. 

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