Justice League may have not been the success many people wanted it to be and now former DC Comics artist Ethan Van Sciver claims that the budget for the film may have been one of the causes for the current layoffs at the company.
Justice League was set to bring the popular DC Comics superhero team to the big screen in 2017, but as the film’s release neared there were many reports of things not happening according to plan, from Zack Snyder‘s departure to Joss Whedon stepping in to complete the project with extensive reshoots. Some of these issues became noticeable after the film’s release.
Aside from what was noticeable in Justice League, there is a new report that the film’s budget may have skyrocketed to nearly $700 million and and was one of the reasons why there are currently some layoffs at DC Comics. That’s according to Ethan Van Sciver, who may have had some insight on what was happening due to previously being a writer at DC Comics and knowing some people involved with the film. Here’s what he say about the film:
“Decisions were made to have Joss Whedon come in and finish the movie. Joss Whedon didn’t like what he saw, apparently, and asked for close to $300 million from what I’ve heard. If you have better information about this, let me known, but he basically asked for an enormous, almost equal to the original production budget to reshoot and to finish Justice League. The Zack Snyder movie. [Whedon] made it into something else. The movie was a catastrophe. And it was an expensive catastrophe. It lost an awful lot of money.”
The budget affected the film and it didn’t end up being the commercial success it needed to be and it turns out this may have caused a ripple effect within DC. Here’s more on that:
“You have to imagine what spending close to $700 million on a movie and losing hundreds of millions of dollars on a movie can do to people, can do to their jobs. Shortly after, Diane [Nelson] took a break. Diane never came back. She announced she was staying gone. Geoff Johns, I think, also took some of the blame for the Justice League movie, and he lost his position there. Others at DC have who were involved with the Justice League movie also lost their jobs, lost their positions. The effects are still rippling.”
With the film becoming a box office failure for what perhaps many thought would bring many more jobs and money for the studio some people may have been blamed for this situation. The film was supposed to be a success as it was DC’s big superhero team-up and bring more for DC but now, if the reports are accurate, it seems it may have been one of the causes for the layoffs.
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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, Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J. K. Simmons, and Ciarán Hinds.
Justice League is now available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD.