'Justice League' is Reportedly Starting Massive Reshoots by Joss Whedon

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 - 8:05PM
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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 - 8:05PM
'Justice League' is Reportedly Starting Massive Reshoots by Joss Whedon
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When a family tragedy caused Zack Snyder to leave production on Justice League and be replaced by Joss Whedon, we assumed Whedon would simply be putting the finishing touches on what was basically a finished film. But a new report suggests that Whedon is actually extensively reshooting various scenes, meaning we could could end up with a Justice League film that's just as much Whedon as Snyder.

The report comes from Batman-on-Film, and their source claims new filming for the film has begun in London. The shoots are quoted as being "significant," and not the normal minor touch ups here and there that a movie may get at this stage in production. The shooting is expected to continue throughout the bulk of the summer until possibly August, and reportedly features the all the major members of the cast. There's a good chance these reshoots were planned before Snyder's departure, but it's all on Whedon to finish them now.

And those reshoots includes Henry Cavill, who shared a photo to Instagram of himself in his Superman costume this week that seemed to confirm he was back to work on the film. He's been missing from the trailers, but nobody was expecting him not to appear.

Hi Everyone! I've been doing some Super Ruminations because this month is the 79th anniversary of Superman in Action Comics and thought it fitting to pass on this little fact. Who knew eh?? In January 1933, Jerry Siegel wrote a short story titled "The Reign of the Superman", which was illustrated by his friend Joe Shuster and self-published in a science fiction magazine. It told the story of a bald villain with telepathic powers. Trying to create a character they could sell to newspaper syndicates,Siegel re-conceived the "superman" character as a powerful hero, sent to our world from a more advanced society. He and Shuster developed the idea into a comic strip, which they pitched unsuccessfully. National Publications was looking for a hit to accompany their success with Detective Comics, and did not have time to solicit new material. Because of the tight deadline, editor Vin Sullivan was forced to make it out of inventory and stockpile pages. Sullivan asked former coworker Sheldon Mayer if he could help. Mayer found the rejected Superman comic strips, and Sullivan told Siegel and Shuster that if they could paste them into 13 comic book pages, he would buy them. #SuperRuminations #Superman #ActionComics

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In terms of what to make of this, there's a few possibilities: one is that the movie is terrible so the studio ordered Whedon to, you know, make it more like his Avengers movie. Two is that Whedon has gone rogue and is simply remaking Justice League in his own image, Snyder be damned. Both of those are dramatic, but unlikely.

Option three is, again, that Snyder had already planned for these reshoots before he had to leave the production, and Whedon is simply filling in where Snyder would have already been. Considering Whedon had already been helping out before Snyder's departure, and Warner Bros. had previously promised that Justice League would still look like a Snyder movie, this seems like the most likely scenario, but we probably won't know for sure until the film premieres.

If it's relentlessly dark, you can thank Snyder, but if it's full of snappy one-liners, then Whedon likely molded the film to his liking. There's no way to say whether the movie will be good or bad this early, but it's definitely going to be interesting.

Justice League comes out November 17, 2017.
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