After it was reported that Zack Snyder would be departing Justice League as a director to privately mourn the loss of his daughter, there was also the news that Joss Whedon would be replacing Snyder as writer and director for a series of simple reshoots that wouldn’t deviate too much from Snyder’s vision for the film. Now, it’s looking like that might not be true, seeing that Whedon’s reshoots are expected to take three months, which is more than two times longer than the entire shooting schedules of most smaller films.
The report comes from a trusted source in a write-up from the website Batman-On-Film, and this particularly telling quote tells us everything we need to know about these reshoots:
“I have been told by a 100% vetted and more-than-reliable source that re-shoots on JUSTICE LEAGUE have commenced in London under the helm of Joss Whedon and that they will be ‘significant.’ So much so, that these reshoots are expected to take place through June and July, and maybe into August. They are NOT your ‘standard pick-ups.'”
So, what does this mean for Justice League? Well, nothing yet. Unfortunately, we won’t know how these reshoots will affect the film until we see it, but it is important to note that reshoots aren’t inherently a bad thing. Big budget movies are prone to incessant reshoots, and it’s not always to “fix” a bad movie, but rather to fill out and further develop a potentially good one. Everything from The Avengers to Mad Max: Fury Road have undergone pretty extensive reshoots, and the final product was, in both cases, something great.
The issue some fans are having is more a matter of tone. Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon couldn’t be more different in their approaches. Snyder relies heavily on visual language to tell a story, while Whedon is a wordsmith of the highest order. He’s known for his clever, larger-than-life dialogue, while Snyder is known for his grandiose imagery. When all is said and done, a decent balance of both might actually be what the film needs, but it’s unclear how these two visions will coalesce into a coherent, quality product come November.
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Source: Geek Tyrant