– by Joseph Jammer Medina


A lot of DC fans don’t know what to expect going into this month’s Justice League. This was a film that was under the guidance of filmmaker Zack Snyder, but earlier this year, Snyder had to step down as director due to a family tragedy.

Taking his place was none other than Avengers director Joss Whedon. This seemed like a move from Warner Bros. to inject a bit of Marvel’s success into the equation, and almost seemed like a way to push the influence of Zack Snyder out. However, speaking with EW, producer Charles Roven and actor Ben Affleck, spoke to that, clarifying how Whedon came about, and how the collaboration between the two filmmaker worked.

“Zack decided that he wanted to do some additional photography,” Roven said. “He thought that Joss’ sensibility might be exactly right for what he was looking to do. So he showed Joss the film, and he talked about a number of scenes that we would be adding or expanding upon, and Joss wrote those scenes.”

Affleck went deeper, saying:

“Zack sought out Joss. And wanted him to be the guy to finish the movie when he wasn’t able to. They definitely worked together to do something kind of special. I think they were very complementary. Zack’s so good with the mythic, gothic, heavy serious stuff, and Joss is so good with tone, and comedy, and making superheroes seem kind of real and relatable.”

While not perfect, based on early social media reactions from critics, it sounds like the whole method worked fairly well!

Justice League hits theaters on November 17, 2017.

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  • Victor Roa

    do they really need PR? like at this point we are hearing more PR about Zack and Momoa then we are seeing new clips or new stills from the film? I’m not sure if 15 year old kids want to know about the 2 different directors when we want to see some butt kicking fight scenes.

    • Weresmurf

      I guess it’s far better than the super-saturation of clips that made up something like 25+ minutes of footage we ended up with for BVS and SS?

      • Victor Roa

        You mean the cave troll problem? I’m not sure WB is there yet, Sony ruined Amazing Spider-Man series by posting everything they got, WB never did reveal to us how tonally unbalanced their films were. Their trailers still are slick enough to get people into the door…. and now we get a billion articles about Zack Snyder and Jason Mamoa and how fun and creative they are, and then an article the budget on the film and maybe Mamoa sexually harasses people on set. And this isn’t even on brand, “this is a new studio build for us, we used the new trucks for this shot, this is a new camera by so and so.” Like take a Keanu Reeves interview, he makes jokes about himself, then slowly slips he understand the people he’s working with name drops cool geeky things and then makes you want to go see the film.
        This seems more like damage control because Zack Snyder, Mamoa and Ben Affleck are right now on hollywood’s shit list.

        • Weresmurf

          Momoa’s not on the shitlist. He made a silly joke years back, apologised for it and everyones pretty much moved on. Affleck, everyones pretty much over that and moved on too (primarily because once you check out the video clip, he must’ve had octopus like fingers to stretch around and grab her tit…). Snyder, if anything, is Hollywoods pity-boy because of his situation. But, I doubt he’ll be let near another DC property after the hatchet job and stitch job WB has had to apparently do with Whedon to fix JLA.

          • Victor Roa

            Like I said before, Keanu is this standard how you expect these publicity interviews should go. He’s half a internet meme but then he can get you excited for Bill and Ted 3. It shouldn’t be that difficult, but for some reason they spend so much on publicity on WB’s films and still Gal Gadot comes off like an alien, are they keeping Ezra in a vault or something? Get him to dress wacky on carpool karaoke.

          • Weresmurf

            Honestly at this point, it wouldn’t matter what they did, people would deride them for it. They need to get the movie out, get some average to good publicity for it and then they can work on it. People now accept and love Gadot as WW. But, there’s a lot of weird hatred for Justice League, I mean outright vehement *hatred* for this movie which is odd. I get people didn’t like BVS (including me, I hate the cinema cut but like the bluray extended ed). But the hatred is just strange.

          • Victor Roa

            I’m with you on this. I find the hatred facinating, but it’s like saying Xbox fan vs Playstation when all I want is a Gameboy to play tetris, in this analogy that would be Lego Batman.

  • Tonk99

    Thursday can’t get here fast enough.

  • J-man The Great

    Why haven’t they lifted the critic’s review embargo yet? Must not be very good!

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Jason Momoa. Sounds more like a stiff orange drink than a name.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.