When Zack Snyder had to take a step back from ‘Justice League’ and they called in Joss Whedon to take over the reshoots, a lot of people wondered exactly what this meant for the film. Was Warner Bros scrapping Snyder’s vision and fundamentally changing the film? Did they bring in Whedon to try to capture some of the MCU’s lightness and humor? Would Snyder still get credit for being the writer and director of ‘Justice League?’
Since then, it has been made more or less clear that Whedon has done his best to stay true to what Snyder originally saw for the film, though just how massive the reshoots actually were is still up for debate. However, it is telling to now know that Whedon is indeed getting a writing credit for the film, especially when one considers the fact that according to the WGA, the film needs to undergo about a 33% change in order for someone to officially be eligible to get credit for writing. And 33% is about 1/3 of the film, which is pretty high if Whedon was just there to shoot a few extra pick-up scenes for the movie. It seems pretty clear that Whedon was brought in to make some script/dialogue changes, and the most likely reason is to make the tone less dark, and perhaps more relatable than what we saw in ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.’
To be clear, Snyder is still getting directing and writing credit, as he probably should, having done the majority of the work before he left, but I now wonder what exactly this final film is going to look like. Will it be Snyder’s dark imagery overlaid with quips made by the character’s in Whedon’s style? That could work, maybe, or could seem very disjointed since it was not planned out that way from the beginning. Still, I appreciate the effort that is going in to try to make this the best film possible, so I’m going to hold onto hope that they are managing to pull something together and make it better than what came before. What do you think? Is there hope for ‘Justice League?’ Or are you showing up on opening night to watch a train wreck? Share your opinions on the matter in the comments below!
Check out the full crew, cast, and synopsis for the film below:
Director: Zack Snyder
Writers: Story by Chris Terrio & Zack Snyder, Screenplay by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon
Based on characters from DC Entertainment, Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster
Producers: Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns
Executive Producers: Jim Rowe, Wesley Coller, Curtis Kanemoto, Chris Terrio, Ben Affleck
Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Raymond Fisher, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.