– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Holy crap, Warner Bros. isn’t kidding with their “All In” campaign for Justice League. If a report from the Wall Street Journal (via /Film) is to be believed, it sounds like the reshoots for the superhero team-up flick have pushed the budget over the edge.

The budget is reportedly a crazy $300 million. For reference, Batman v Superman had a budget of $250 million. While this is definitely up there in terms of expensive films, it still doesn’t hold a candle to Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which was made for $378.5 million.

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Zack Snyder’s major goal in creating Justice League was incorporating lighter elements, though when he delivered his early cut of the flick, more work was needed to be done. This is why they hired Whedon to do a rewrite on the script, and when Snyder had to step down due to a family tragedy, Whedon officially hopped in. From what we’ve heard, the reshoots have been fairly extensive, accounting for north of 20 pages of material.

The result? Well, according to the article, “Aficionados will be able to pick out the clever, dialogue-heavy scenes shot by Mr. Whedon and the more stylish action scenes shot by Mr. Snyder, but the creative team has endeavored to meld the two.”

It’s, of course, hard to tell for sure. Since Snyder was working to make this a lighter film altogether, it seems incredibly careless to attribute every joke in the film to Whedon.

We’ll have to wait and see how all the moving parts have paid off. We can’t wait.

Justice League hits theaters on November 17, 2017.

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SOURCE: WSJ (via /Film)

  • TheOct8pus

    That explains why they’re throwing in every fan service imaginable down to the original Elfman Batman theme and (as I understand it) the original John Williams Superman theme…

    • AmiRami

      yep. They seemed determined to say that, yes, this is your father’s Batman and Superman.

  • Lenin1959

    $300 million is not much if they had extensive reshoots. 20+ pages have been reshot? Of how many pages?

    • Victor Roa

      rounded it down, any time stuff like this gets reported there’s always an investor who’s probably asking to themselves “when do we get Avenger’s money?”

  • Lenin1959

    I hope the movie starts with a scene where new Lex Luthor and new Joker both get killed by the main villain. This scene alone would be worth the ticket price and would give me hope for the DCEU.

  • Kronx

    $25 million of that is mustache money.

    • Victor Roa

      they used a snapchat filter instead

  • Jack Torrence

    How about headines and articles about, “Age of Ultron…RIDICULOUS $321 million budget!”? Oh, yeah…that’s right.

    • Marquis de Sade

      AOU did 1.4 billion+ at the b.o. though.

  • Marquis de Sade

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re bein’ modest about this amount, considering it took them over 17 months to shoot this moneypit…I’d estimate the actual cost with all the reshoots and rewrites, + marketing, is probably just south of $500 million. That’s why WB insisted on a trim 2 hour final cut, so they can squeeze as many screenings per day in order to recoup as much money as they can to soften the guaranteed loss.

    • Victor Roa

      nailed it

  • Victor Roa

    remember when they said “the mummy only cost us 125 mil” and then it tanked while profiting 400 mil. So add 120 mil on ads, dump the film onto an over crowded holiday release, and then maybe make 700 mil if you’re lucky in 3 months, I mean Price is Right logic.


    I read somewhere that the estimated total for this film including promotional budget is just shy of $500 million.

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.