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How long was Zack Snyder’s Justice League supposed to be?

How long was Zack Snyder’s Justice League supposed to be?

If you buy something from a Polygon link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our .Murmurs of a rippled through social media from the minute the 2017 version came and went from theaters. Zack Snyder was behind most of the hype, teasing what his expanded version might look like at everything from press rounds for to his Vero account. His cut of the movie, the real movie, was four hours long and full of backstory for Cyborg, Flash, Steppenwolf, and even Darkseid, who didn’t even show up in the released Justice League. Like its heroes, the Snyder Cut became a mythical entity — only to be...

Mar 19
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Apple’s new TV show Calls is basically a podcast you watch

Apple’s new TV show Calls is basically a podcast you watch

Filed under:Don’t Breathe director Fede Álvarez is behind the experimental seriesWhat is television? The definition becomes a little hazy in the streaming era, when programming can roll out at movie-length or in “quick bites,” and can tell interconnected narratives across 18 different shows or anthologized one-offs without any semblance of plot. Apple’s newly announced series Calls promises to blur traditions even further.Coming to later this month, each installment of the nine-episode thriller series “follows a darkly dramatic mystery that unfolds through a series of seemingly average,...

Mar 3
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Idris Elba’s Afrofuturist animated series coming to Crunchyroll

Idris Elba’s Afrofuturist animated series coming to Crunchyroll

Filed under:The anime hub announces the new series as subscriber base grows to 4 millionCrunchyroll, which Sony’s Funimation just , continues to grow its subscribers and content catalogue. And with anime (and anime-adjacent, all-ages programming) becoming a keystone of pop culture, bigger and bigger names are partnering with companies like Crunchyroll to find a way in. Case in point: , of Thor, Pacific Rim, and The Wire fame, will produce a new series created exclusively for the platform.On Tuesday, Crunchyroll announced that Elba’s Green Door Pictures, and his wife Sabrina Elba’s Pink...

Feb 2
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Goro Miyazaki on directing Studio Ghibli’s first CG movie

Goro Miyazaki on directing Studio Ghibli’s first CG movie

For more than 35 years, has enchanted audiences around the globe with meticulously crafted 2D animation. From the storybook vistas of to the fantastical carnage of and the surreal, line-painted style of , each Ghibli film emphasizes how craft can draw us deeper into a character’s personal journey than even a photographed human face. A Studio Ghibli movie is always an event.The studio’s new movie, Earwig and the Witch, may also be its riskiest. Directed by (director of Tales from Earthsea, From Up on Poppy Hill), Earwig adapts a novel by British fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones, who provided...

Jan 28
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Jared Leto says Morbius, a vampire, is a character who’s a ‘bit closer to who I am’

Jared Leto says Morbius, a vampire, is a character who’s a ‘bit closer to who I am’

Filed under:I ... wait ... what?is a chameleon actor, but when he decided to sign on to Sony’s Spider-verse, he, oddly enough, did not choose Spider-Man’s actual villain . In January 2022, the ex-Joker will star in , bringing the webslinger’s famed villain-turned-antihero to life for the first time. And in a new interview with Variety, the actor says the part was a big change for him. Instead of disappearing into the role, Morbius turned out to be a lot like his real-life persona. To be clear: .“It was hard for me in some way, because I’m not used to playing roles that are a little bit...

Jan 28
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The best movies of 2020, and where to watch them online

The best movies of 2020, and where to watch them online

2020 was a strange year for movies, as the COVID-19 pandemic , , and . Many of the year’s biggest planned releases wound up going straight to VOD, or eked out small theatrical runs in whatever markets they could. Many more were delayed to 2021. It was a year that changed how people watched movies, in ways that may have a vast impact on the future of the industry.But even so, there have been plenty of great movies this year, and they’re mostly available to watch and stream from home. Here, we sum up the movies that moved us in 2020, when we really needed the temporary break from reality,...

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Oct 28
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The Boys season 3 could play differently after the election

The Boys season 3 could play differently after the election

ended with happy endings and atomic tragedy. In a season that found room to skewer the gamut of American cultural trash, from to corporate-backed superhero-movie hackwork, showrunner brought his Amazon series back down to Earth in the final installment, and drilled down into the characters’ psyches until he drew blood. Butcher, Homelander, and the rest of the warring ensemble will never be the same (even if a few of them think everything’s peachy).RelatedIn the aftermath of the episode, Polygon spoke to Kripke about how season 2 sets up season 3, which got the greenlight way back before the...

Oct 13
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