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– by David Kozlowski

DC Comics fan’s were stunned (and some probably relieved) by the sudden departure of director Zack Snyder from the Justice League movie. Synder’s stark tone and hyper-kinetic visual style proved controversial in Man of Steel (2013) and Batman v Superman (2016); many were concerned that Justice League would be similarly dark, grim, and humorless. And then fan-favorite Joss Whedon was hired to smooth over some of Synder’s rough edges… and then Snyder quit (for very good and understandable personal reasons).

The big question raised after Snyder’s exit: how much impact will Joss Whedon have on the Justice League? Whedon is known for creating fun and funny character dynamics in his projects, but some Whedon haters were probably concerned that he’d simply shift Justice League‘s tone and style to mirror The Avengers (2012). Basically, there are a lot of folks worrying about a lot of stuff with this film (some of it probably justified — no pun intended).

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According to Empire (via CBM), the cast of Justice League have taken the changes in stride, and all remain big Snyder supporters. Ben Affleck, who plays Batman, had this to say:

“I didn’t sense that we were moving towards something that felt like The Avengers. Joss is more than just an Avengers director. He’s a good storyteller, full stop. 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. 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.”

The other Justice League actors had similar comments. Gal Gadot added:

“This is Zack Snyder’s movie. Joss only did a few weeks of reshoots. He was Zack’s guy and knew exactly what he wanted to get. He has a beautiful vision.”

Ezra Miller offered some details on Snyder’s transition:

“It’s a heroic act at its [root]. He called each and every one of us and took the time to explain something that defies, in many ways, explanation. He told us exactly how it was going to go down, which was true to course. He fascinates and amazes and staggers me. Zack Snyder, ultimate [frick]ing legend. Forever.”

And Jason Momoa contributed a concise but heartfelt thought:

“I [frick]ing love Zack, man. I’d do anything for him.”

Do these comments lower or raise your concerns about Justice League? Let us know in the comments down below!

Justice League hits theaters on 17 November 2017.

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SOURCE: Empire (via CBM)

  • TheFifthIrrelevant

    I won’t lie, I’m going to see it opening day/weekend….but all this press screaming how awesome it is, how great Snyder is/was, and how much the cast enjoyed working on it before any decent reviews come out is scaring me a bit. Fingers crossed…

    • I agree, there’s a lot of hype and that is a bit worrying. However, if you’re Warner Bros. you’re betting the farm on this movie, so I’m not surprised that they’re taking the saturation approach.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Snyder’s so kewl. I wrote him a song.
    the itsy bitsy Snyder’s new film is about to come out
    in came the Whedon and took the Snyders clout
    out came the stars and took away the blame
    now the itsy bitsy Snyder can direct DC again.

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University’s Film and Media Studies.