Zack Snyder’s departure from Justice League earlier this year cannot be underplayed. After the death of his daughter by suicide, it was clear that his decision to step down wasn’t a matter of the mixed critiques of his two previous films in the DC Extended Universe. But it wasn’t long before the conversation shifted to Joss Whedon. After The Avengers director took over reshoots and post-production, the question became just how much of a change will Justice League undergo. Though we may never have concrete answers, the cast weighed in during interviews with Empire Magazine.
Ezra Miller, who will be portraying The Flash come November, spoke on the process of Snyder leaving and the courage displayed by the director.
“It’s a heroic act at its route. He called each and every one of us and took the time to explain something that defies, in many ways, explanation. He told us exactly how it was going to go down, which was true to course. He fascinates and amazes and staggers me. Zack Snyder, ultimate [frick]ing legend. Forever.”
Once Whedon came into the picture, seemingly a big win for Warner Bros., fans and critics alike speculated on his lighter approach as compared to Snyder and the effect it will have on Justice League. Perhaps some forgot at the time that the first trailer released with Snyder still attached included its fair share of humor. Comments on the film being more optimistic were also made long before the big director shift.
Still, the differences in tone between the MCU and DCEU are apparent. Getting the tone-setter from the MCU in Whedon on Justice League had fans concerned about getting a mixed bag of light and dark in a film that may not know what it wants to be. Ben Affleck, reprising his role as Batman, gave Whedon a bit more credit than that in his comments.
“I didn’t sense that we were moving towards something that felt like The Avengers. Joss is more than just an Avengers director. He’s a good storyteller, full stop. In mid-stream, Joss got on and part of what interested him was the puzzle aspect of it, fitting in pieces that weren’t there yet. He put the rest of the pieces in and gave it his own imprimatur. Joss came in and walked a very fine line between Zack’s sensibility, tone, and direction. We found a really fun and inspiring synthesis of their two forms of storytelling. I was so glad everyone showed up to work for Zack.”
He also couldn’t help but shed some light on Henry Cavill’s mustache fiasco with Mission Impossible.
“He looked like a porn star from the ’70s, just with a better body. It’s a different twist on Superman.”
Wonder Woman herself backed Affleck’s comments on Whedon while also explaining just how much reshoots played its role after Snyder. It’s been reported that Whedon’s reshoots were extensive and though no clear answer has been given, Gal Gadot played it down.
“This is Zack Snyder’s movie. Joss only did a few weeks of reshoots. He was Zack’s guy and knew exactly what he wanted to get.”
Meanwhile, Jason Momoa (Aquaman) might still be in character. Either that or the on-screen Arthur Curry and Momoa are the same exact person — it’s probably the latter. Here’s what he had to say about the whole situation:
“I [frick]ing love Zack, man. I’d do anything for him.”
Admiration for Snyder’s handling of the entire situation, praise for Whedon’s work on the film thus far and more mustache talk — it’s everything a fan of Justice League should want to hear. What do you make of the comments though? Sound off in the comments below!
Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Amber Heard as Mera, J.K. Simmons as Jim Gordon, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, Julian Lewis Jones, and Willem Dafoe are also set to appear. Here’s the official synopsis:
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.
Justice League hits theaters Nov. 17.