It’s no secret at this point that Justice League is quite the Frankenstein’s Monster of a film. On the heels of Batman v Superman‘s underwhelming response, Warner Bros. seemed to be scrambling to make the film much lighter and fun than originally planned. Yet, despite all these changes, they proceeded with plans to shoot the movie weeks after BvS‘ release.
But when did all the drama actually start to hit? At what point did they really start to churn out rewrites? Was it further along than expected? From the sound of it, a lot of this happened prior to Snyder’s departure from the project in 2017. Vulture contributor Kyle Buchanan took to Twitter, recalling rumors he’d heard:
“I remember hearing that Geoff Johns rewrote so much of JUSTICE LEAGUE when Zack Snyder was still directing that Chris Terrio would complain, ‘Maybe *try* using some of my pages?’ WB was allegedly so unsatisfied with how the Johns/Snyder version was shaping up that they convened a footage summit for *other* writers including Joss Whedon, Allan Heinberg, Seth Grahame-Smith, and Andrea Berloff to offer feedback. Then they hired Whedon.”
There are a couple interesting takeaways from this. First is that Warner Bros. still went with Seth Grahame-Smith from rewrites despite parting ways with him on standalone Flash film. Another big one is that Warners were reportedly unhappy with Johns’ rewrites — hence bringing in all the extra writers. So why hire him for Green Lantern Corps?
This all supports rumors at the time that they were planning this film on the fly, constantly changing scenes as they went, which ultimately contributed to the largely negative reaction.
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SOURCE: Kyle Buchanan