Joss Whedon oversaw reshoots on Justice League, but the film’s cast is now downplaying the impact of these reshoots and emphasizing that it’s still fundamentally Zack Snyder’s movie.
Empire is out with a cover story this week on the upcoming DC superhero film, and they discuss the fact that the movie was taken over by Joss Whedon after the tragic death of director Zack Snyder’s daughter. While speaking to Empire, Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot said that Whedon was mainly there to see through Snyder’s vision.
“This is Zack Snyder’s movie,” Gadot told Empire (via Comicbookmovie.com). “Joss only did a few weeks of reshoots. He was Zack’s guy and knew exactly what he wanted to get….[Zack Snyder] has a beautiful vision.”
Ben Affleck said that Whedon didn’t come in to make the film more like the Avengers, although he does say that the movie is sort of a combination of two different approaches to filmmaking.
“In mid-stream, Joss got on and part of what interested him was the puzzle aspect of it, fitting in pieces that weren’t there yet,” Affleck said. “He put the rest of the pieces in and gave it his own imprimatur. Joss came in and walked a very fine line between Zack’s sensibility, tone, and direction. We found a really fun and inspiring synthesis of their two forms of storytelling. I was so glad everyone showed up to work for Zack.”
Jason Momoa added that he loves Zack Snyder and would do anything for him, and Ezra Miller agreed, saying that Zack Snyder is amazing and that he called each of the actors when he left the project to explain what was going to happen next.
Gal Gadot also told Empire that she personally only did one week of reshoots for the movie. There had perviously been some speculation that Joss Whedon would give Wonder Woman significantly more screen time after the success of her solo movie. Gadot told Empire that Wonder Woman is the glue of this team but that “this is not a Wonder Woman movie.” Still, D.C. does seem to be shifting focus to Wonder Woman a bit in the marketing, and Diana is front and center on this Empire cover.
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If Justice League is significantly less dark than Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, fans will probably credit Joss Whedon for this shift. But the cast of the film actually told Empire that this movie was always intended to be a lot lighter than its predecessors.
“Zack always intended for the Justice League to rise out of the darkness, and maybe even bring Batman with them,” Ezra Miller told Empire. “Maybe an inch.”
Back in May 2017, director Zack Snyder announced that he would step down from post-production work on Justice League in order to grieve following the death of his daughter, Autumn Snyder. At that point, Joss Whedon had already been hired to work on a few additional scenes in the movie, but he subsequently took over work on post-production and oversaw reshoots over the summer. Whedon’s contributions were evidently significant enough that he was given a writing credit, although it appears that Zack Snyder will still be the sole director credited on the movie.