Apple TV Gives Ridley Scott’s Joaquin Phoenix ‘Napoleon’ the Honor WB Denied Zack Snyder for a Long Time

Zack Snyder's fans may be disappointed! Apple TV+ now offers a four-hour director’s cut of Ridley Scott’s Napoleon, something which WB refused to do for Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

Apple TV Gives Ridley Scott’s Joaquin Phoenix ‘Napoleon’ the Honor WB Denied Zack Snyder for a Long Time

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  • Ridley Scott's historical epic Napoleon, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Vanessa Kirby, will have a four-hour trimmed version.
  • Scott disclosed that the extended cut, which will be available on Apple TV+, is still over four hours long.
  • A fan campaign to convince Warner Bros. to rehire Jack Snyder to complete his version Justice League started.
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Few contemporary filmmakers have a reputation for their director’s cuts as Zack Snyder does. He has undoubtedly stirred up controversy in the film industry, but he also enjoys a fervent fan base that supports his unique aesthetic and vision. His devoted fans had to fight hard to get his director’s cut of Justice League, especially after his ordeal with Warner Bros., where his version of the film was significantly changed.

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However, it is interesting to note that Ridley Scott’s Napoleon recently celebrated this honor, which WB had long denied the Watchmen director. A four-hour director’s cut of Scott’s upcoming historical drama film will be made available on Apple TV+ without any hesitation, the director has confirmed. 

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Zack Snyder

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Ridley Scott’s Napoleon Got A Four-Hour Cut on Apple TV Plus

The upcoming Ridley Scott historical epic Napoleon, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Vanessa Kirby, will have a four-hour trimmed version. In an interview with Total Film, the director, 85, disclosed that the extended cut, which will be available on Apple TV+, is still over four hours long.

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“I’m working on it. It was four [hours] 10 [minutes] this morning. And so what will happen is, we’ll screen [the theatrical cut] first with Sony, and then it has its run, and then the perfect thing is that [the director’s cut] goes to streaming, and we have four hours 10 minutes.”

Ridley Scott's Napoleon
Ridley Scott’s Napoleon

Moreover, earlier this month, Empire claimed that the four-hour cut included more of Empress Joséphine’s (Kirby) life before her meeting Napoleon (Phoenix). Meanwhile, Scott admitted to Deadline that his decision to cast the SpaceCamp star was influenced in large part by his portrayal of the Joker.

“I was blown away by his outrageous film Joker. I didn’t like the way it celebrated violence but Joaquin was remarkable.”

Joaquin Phoenix in Napoleon
Joaquin Phoenix in Napoleon

Scott also confirmed the 62-day shooting record for Napoleon and explained that he would use the same method for Gladiator 2, the follow-up to his Oscar-winning historical $503.2 million film.

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Every scene is geometry. By having 11 to 14 cameras, we shot Napoleon in 62 days. I’m doing Gladiator 2 now in 54 days, because I’m not doing 50 takes with one camera, on one shot, and then turning around.”

Also Read: “That’s my guy”: Zack Snyder’s Secret Second Choice for Superman if Henry Cavill Said No Ended Up Playing a Villain in Justice League 

What More To Know About Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Zack Snyder served as the director of the first 2017 Justice League. However, the director left the project after his daughter passed away. The movie underwent significant changes during reshoots after Warner Bros. hired Joss Whedon to finish it. 

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League

However, the project’s worldwide box office earnings of just under $658 million fell short of Justice League‘s anticipated break-even point, resulting in a loss for Warner Bros. Following the underwhelming box office performance of Whedon’s Justice League, a fan campaign to convince Warner Bros. to rehire Snyder to complete his version of the movie started.

Despite the company’s initial denials, Snyder eventually was able to create his own cut of the film, which was broadcast on HBO Max in 2021. The Director’s cut of Justice League became the fourth-most streamed film on the platform that year. 

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Zack Snyder on the sets of Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021)
Zack Snyder on the sets of Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021)

Zack Snyder’s Justice League (Snyder Cut) and Justice League are both currently streaming on HBO Max. Meanwhile, Napoleon opens in US theaters on November 22 and will soon be available for streaming on Apple TV Plus. 

Also Read: WB Reportedly Repeating Same Mistake With James Gunn That Doomed Zack Snyder’s DCEU Even Before it Began

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