Joss Whedon Was Already Working on 'Justice League' Prior to Zack Snyder's Departure

Friday, 26 May 2017 - 12:18PM
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Friday, 26 May 2017 - 12:18PM
Joss Whedon Was Already Working on 'Justice League' Prior to Zack Snyder's Departure
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As both Debbie and Zack Snyder, the respective producer and director for Justice Leaguestep away from the project to grieve for the tragic loss of their daughter, fans aren't sure where this leaves the DCEU moving forward.

Joss Whedon, who'll be directing Batgirl,  has stepped in to take over the project, leading some fans to wonder if the result will be a disjointed mash of two very different tones. Zack Snyder has always taken his work very seriously, creating a straight-faced comic book world that is designed to look and feel as gritty, grounded, and realistic as possible. By contrast, Whedon is known for his playful snark and a refusal to take even the most emotional of movie scenes seriously.

Fans have questioned whether Whedon's sudden introduction to Justice League might unbalance the movie, giving it a conflicting tone similar to Suicide Squad, which was reshot in large part to add more humor and quirkiness to the movie. Apparently, though, Whedon's introduction isn't as sudden as had been thought—the director of Age of Ultron has been working in the background on Justice League for quite some time.

According to DC movies producer Charles Roven:

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"[Joss Whedon] was already working with us on some of the scenes for that additional photography that we're going to be doing shortly. It was fortunate that Zack convinced him, and he agreed to step in and finish the movie - to help Zack finish his vision. We're excited about that."
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Apparently, this inclusion of Whedon is merely an extension of something that Zack Snyder had been planning all along as part of the movie's extensive reshoots, and the director of Justice League feels comfortable leaving the movie in the hands of the man who brought the world The Avengers.

It's no secret that, from Suicide Squad onwards, Warner Bros are attempting to lighten up the DCEU, filling the space with more quips, gags, and pop culture references in order to make the movies less grumpy and tiresome. From the first trailer for Justice League, fans had been promised that this movie, while directed by Zack Snyder, would be different to Batman v Superman's grimdark aesthetic, and would feature more of the kind of lightheartedness that's seen in movies made by DC's biggest rival, Marvel.



It would make sense, then, considering Snyder's natural leanings towards a darker, grittier movie, to get help from someone who's known for bringing humor and levity to a team movie in the MCU. Whedon hasn't been chosen for this by accident—it's apparently his job to give Justice League a relatable heart that has been lacking from Snyder's work up to this point.

Justice League hits US theaters on November 17th, 2017.
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