Justice League is a film that — despite coming out in a few months — has a good number of question marks surrounding it. With Batman v Superman being received as poorly as it did, many were wondering from the get-go if Warner Bros. would let him go in favor of someone else. Zack Snyder has since departed the project under very sad circumstances, and in his place is Joss Whedon.
Now, the question seems to be what kind of credit that Whedon would get for the film. From the sound of it, he won’t be getting any directing credit, despite him helming the whole of the reshoots (which reportedly make up around 3 months). However, prior to his taking on the role of director, he was brought on by Snyder to take on rewrites, and now it sounds like Whedon will be getting a co-writing credit.
In a press release from Warner Bros., which showed the list of credits, it had the writing credits as follows:
“Story by Chris Terrio & Zack Snyder, Screenplay by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon”
Based on the screenplay credit, it looks like Terrio did a first draft and Whedon did an extensive enough rewrite that the Writers Guild of America saw Whedon’s contributions to amount to at least 33 percent of the finished script, which would be needed in order for him to receive credit, based on the fact that this is a non-original screenplay.
In short, the changes Whedon made to the original script have been substantial enough to give him credit by the WGA, which is notable. Those saying that his contributions would be minimal are flat-out incorrect. That being said, we do know that he worked with Snyder early on in the rewrites, so while his contributions may be great, they may still very well fall within Snyder’s overall vision.
We’ll have to wait and see how this all shakes out, but it seems like we have another Rogue One on our hands.
Justice League hits theaters on November 17, 2017.
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SOURCE: Warner Bros.