– 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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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.