Last year, Kiersey Clemons landed the role of Iris West in Warner Brothers’ planned movie ‘The Flash’ starring Ezra Miller as the super fast DC Comics superhero. At the time, Rick Famuyiwa, who’d directed Clemons in their acclaimed film ‘Dope’, was attached to helm this movie as part of the DC Extended Universe and like the cast members of various upcoming DC movies, Clemons filmed a cameo for ‘Justice League’ which opens in November. However, the latest word is that Clemons’ scenes from ‘Justice League’ have been cut from the finished film, which is currently being edited by Joss Whedon, who took over the movie after the departure of Zack Snyder, who directed the bulk of it.
Clemons had described her scene(s) as “f***in’ sick’, but unfortunately, audiences won’t get the chance to judge for themselves. It’s possible her scenes could surface on the eventual Blu-Ray release, but maybe not. After all, Clemons’ part was most likely based on what would have eventually been a larger presence in ‘The Flash’. However, last October, Famuyiwa walked away from ‘The Flash’ over creative differences with Warner Brothers. Clemons’ casting was largely due to Famuyiwa’s involvement, but it appears that even after his departure, she remained on board.
But Warner Brothers was unable to find another director to replace Famuyiwa and now ‘The Flash’ movie has been completely scrapped to be replaced with ‘Flashpoint’ which will likely be another ensemble film (Gal Gadot has apparently been confirmed to appear), meaning that the character of Iris West may not even be in it. (At this point, there has been no writer or director announced for ‘Flashpoint’ which also doesn’t have a release date.)
Clemons’ deletion from ‘Justice League’ follows the report that Jesse Eisenberg’s spazzy Lex Luthor has also been removed from the film.
With ‘Justice League’ so close to release, it could be worrisome that such seemingly large edits are still being made. Then again, this may be seen as trimming the fat, making a leaner meaner team-up film.
What do you think? Do these last minute changes worry you? Or do you have confidence that Whedon is simply making the film as strong as it can be, with a bigger emphasis on the various heroes?
‘Justice League’, starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Ray Fisher, Gal Gadot, Ciarán Hinds, Ezra Miller and Jason Momoa, with Amy Adams, Billy Crudup, Amber Heard, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Joe Morton, Connie Nielsen, J.K. Simmons, and Robin Wright, opens on November 21st, 2017.
Source: Batman News