While Zack Snyder directed Justice League and his vision for the film no doubt can be found throughout, the movie was shepherded across the finish line by Joss Whedon. Whedon brought a whole different set of sensibilities to the project, as Ben Affleck discussed in a recent interview.
Ben Affleck sat down with SFX Magazine to talk about the benefits of adding Joss Whedon to the team as a contributor, and what he was able to bring to the project, having had experience working in the genre:
“Joss just brought to the movie what good directors bring, which is good taste. A sense of what’s gonna work in the story and what isn’t. An instinct for realism and for finding the humanity in the characters and the humanity in the conflict, then making it accessible and relevant. I think that’s one of the things he did so well with Avengers, frankly. He really defined the tone, and it felt like a lot of the movies after that sort of fell into that tone that he created. It was a very tricky dance where you have all these people who can do all these fantastic things that’s completely absurd on the face of it, and yet, a good storyteller like Joss brings us in, makes us identify with them, makes them seem real, and makes it interesting. A lot of guys know the comic books, a lot of people have that knowledge base. What Joss really has is talent.”
Having directed the first two Avengers films, Whedon is certainly no slouch when it comes to the team-up film. Knowing what works in these sorts of stories is key, and seems to come naturally to Whedon. Ben Affleck went on to talk about how Whedon takes all these elements of story and is able to pinpoint exactly what works, no doubt drawing on his prior experience:
“I wish I had the gift that he has for identifying what’s the most compelling human drama in the context of superhero conflict. But he has a very sharp mind for it. He knows exactly what he wants, almost with a surgeon’s kind of precision. He focuses in, beat by beat, on how he’s telling the story, exactly where he’ll be editorially. What the tenor of delivery of a line should be like. He gives you comfort because you feel like he has a very clear idea of what he wants, what he expects and, most importantly, what he thinks will work.”
Of course, as recently reported, Joss Whedon will be receiving a writing credit on the film, while Snyder will be retaining the director credit. Reshoots have been said to have radically changed several elements of the movie, but it is good to hear from Ben Affleck that the added components are net positives. Bringing in someone with the superhero cache of Whedon can only help to strengthen the DCEU in their biggest film yet.
Here is the synopsis for Justice League:
“Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.”
Directed by Zack Snyder, the film stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen and J.K. Simmons.
Justice League unites in theaters on November 17, 2017.