This week the news broke that director Zack Synder and producer Deborah Snyder were leaving Justice League after a truly tragic death in their family. While fans and fellow filmmakers expressed their sadness and support for the Snyder family, the show must go on, so it was announced that Joss Whedon was stepping in to complete the project, primarily dealing with reshoots and the overall final cut of the film. So, how did Joss Whedon, of all people, get the gig? Was it his experience directing two Avengers films, Marvel’s version of the Justice League? (This is an over simplification, I know.) Was it because he’ working on Batgirl, and therefore already has a relationship with the studio?
While both were certainly contributing factors that helped Whedon land the job, these are not the only reasons why he is finishing Justice League. Producer Charles Roven spoke to Variety at the LA premiere of Wonder Woman, where he made a comment about how Joss Whedon was brought aboard Justice League:
“We were saddened by the events that caused Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder to have to leave and turn the reins over to Joss Whedon. He was already working with us on some of the scenes for the additional photography that we’re gonna be doing shortly, and it was fortunate that Zack convinced him, and he agreed to step in and finish the movie, help Zack finish his vision, and we’re excited about that.”
So, Joss Whedon was already working on the film prior to Snyder’s tragedy, or has he been working behind the scenes for the past few months before the official announcement? It sounds like the former, which would mean DC brought in Whedon to help Snyder punch up the film, albeit in a far more limited capacity than Whedon is involved now. I guess, if you have access to the man who made two Avengers films, the success of which DC is hoping to emulate with their own superhero team-up, he’s the man to call if you need any pointers.
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At first it felt really weird that Whedon would have a hand in the flagship series of both universes, but then I remembered we live in a world where J.J. Abrams directed both two Star Trek films and a trilogy starting Star Wars chapter. As our filmmakers are modeling, it is totally okay to love competing universes. We all win.
How do you interpret the quote? Does it sound to you like Whedon was brought in to help fix the film prior to Snyder’s family tragedy? Let us know in the comment section below!
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