Ben Affleck Talks Justice League and Joss Whedon
After a family tragedy that forced Zack Snyder to step away from Justice League, Warner Bros were quick to announce that the movie was in safe hands with Joss Whedon stepping in to complete the filming. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Ben Affleck talked about the experience of working with the two filmmakers and their different approaches.
"It's a little bit unorthodox. Zack had a family tragedy, and stepped off, which was horrible. For the movie, the best person we could've possibly found was Joss. We got really lucky that he stepped in. It's an interesting product of two directors, both with kind of unique visions, both with really strong takes. I've never had that experience before making a movie. I have to say, I really love working with Zack, and I really love the stuff we've done with Joss."
When Snyder left Justice League, there were approximately two weeks of Principal Photography (the main block of filming) remaining. However, most big budget movies will have built in time for additional filming (or reshoots), and Justice League is no exception. We've heard rumours that Warner Bros wanted to add more humour, and more Wonder Woman, but it remains unclear how much of the movie is getting an overhaul.
According to Slash Film, the ending has been significantly reworked and won't conclude with the previously teased cliffhanger that would have set up Darkseid as the big bad of the sequel. Instead, more scenes with the villainous Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds) have been shot, one of which is reported to include a flashback with Antiope (Robin Wright) and Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen).
Ben Affleck also commented on the negative stigma surrounding reshoots and was highly complimentary about the direction of the DC Universe.
"I've never worked on a movie that didn't do reshoots. Argo,we did reshoots for a week and a half! Four days on Gone Baby Gone.This is a really nice time to work in DC. They're hitting their stride. They're getting it right. It's starting to feel like it's really working."
The first three releases from the DCEU were a mixed bag of po-faced heroics and messing editing, thankfully, Wonder Woman rocked up to show the boys how to make a fun superhero movie.The first trailer for Justice League tried a bit too hard to sell the audiences on the humour side of things, after three misanthropic films the unexpected quips and one-liners caught me off guard. Rewatching that first trailer having seen Wonder Woman does retrospectively make it better and less tonally off, albeit not by much.
Justice League is released in cinemas worldwide on November 17.