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– by Seth McDonald

*This Post Contains Small Spoilers For Justice League*

An interesting Justice League theory has surfaced and if true, it is a pretty bold move. During the film’s initial credits, a homeless man can be seen holding up a sign which reads “I tried”, just as the names of writer Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon appear on screen. Of course, because the internet is the internet, this has led many to believe that this was intentional, and it was Whedon’s way of saying he did the best he could with the material he was given.

This scene is probably just a coincidence. However, taking into account Whedon’s almost complete silence in talking about the film since its release, along with him liking a tweet that more or less bad mouthed the film’s villain, Steppenwolf, and it does seem possible the scene was intentional.

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This may be Whedon’s way of separating himself from a film he wasn’t all that proud to have worked on. If true, I find this a bit unprofessional and out of character for Whedon. We will only know the true intent of the scene if Whedon or Terrio step forward and either confirm it was intentional or deny the scene had an underlying jab at the movie. Perhaps Whedon will clarify things on this issue in the coming days.

What do you think of this theory? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Source: ComicBookMovie

  • CrystalClearTruth

    Didn’t try hard enough. No excuse.

    • Uber Critic

      I don’t think it is an excuse. What he is clearly saying, is that the studio sandbagged his efforts, and they did the same to Snyder. I think in the end, you have a Frankenstein edit that the studio did themselves. This ultimately means that the final edit was taken away from both Snyder and Whedon, the reason why things turned out to be such a mess, even with Whedon in the seat of reshoot director. The studio kept micromanaging the process. When you have a team of corporate lawyers and business management executives telling directors/writers what is commercial, entertaining, and what is art, that is recipe for disaster.

      • AndyInCleveland

        Yep. THIS. ALLL OF THE THIS!

      • the50sguystrikesback

        This is what happens when studio execs listen to FAN RANTS and take matters into their OWN hands to prevent ‘Justice League’ from being another ‘Batman V Superman’ instead of TRUSTING in your key guy…Zack Snyder. (smh)

        • John Adney

          trusting in zack snyder would have made the movie worse. as is, justice league is scoring higher with both audiences and critics than batman v superman did. the drop off in box office is from all the people who hated batman v superman and won’t even give justice league a chance. the dceu brand has been turned to poison.

  • The silence from Snyder and Whedon is deafening. Neither have said a word in Twitter re: Justice League.

  • TheOct8pus

    No way.

    Great, fun theory, but Whedon has nothing to do with the title cards in the opening credits. If anything, it would have been some assistant editor inserting a little tongue-in-cheek reference.

  • Uber Critic

    Artists, especially animation and VFX artists, are known to hide hidden messages in the films that they work on, and I wouldn’t doubt that directors do the same.

  • Israel

    There is no try, you do or do not.

  • John From Raleigh

    Who had final edit, seems like a WB exec would easily catch this?