Justice League producer Charles Roven has opened up on the recent unfounded rumors that the film had undergone reshoots.
While at the press junket for Wonder Woman, Roven confirmed himself to Collider that no additional photography had been captured as he explained the challenge the project is faced with as they attempt to coordinate the schedules of the many busy actors that will be involved in upcoming additional photography:
“The reality is we are in the midst of trying to schedule the only additional photography that we’ve been trying to schedule. We haven’t done any additional photography up to this point…Since we’ve wrapped, there’s been no additional photography. Since we’ve wrapped, what there was was motion capture, or what we call facial capture, so we did one round of facial capture, and another mini-round of facial capture. You use facial capture if you have a CG character, you do facial capture in order to give a real performance into that CG character. An example of it would be Avatar.”
Roven also went on to praise the benefits of additional photography as he cited James Cameron’s Avatar, the highest grossing film of all time, to explain that reshoots aren’t a sign of trouble for the project:
“That movie had a long period of production and post-production, post-production, post-production. And it turned out being the biggest movie of all-time. So there’s a lot to be said for additional photography.
Social media has made executing these movies more difficult because the screening process is now different, there’s so much chatter about it, you have to be more careful. Ask people to give the filmmaker more opportunity to realize his vision and adjust it along the way. But even though it’s more difficult, and more visible, and less being able to tinker in your garage. But even though it’s much more visible, we still have to do it because our job is to try and make the movies the best we can until we run out of time.”
The controversy surrounding reshoots themselves is getting old. All blockbusters have them built into their budget (and hopefully schedule) in an effort to fine tune the film once it has begun to come together in the editing room. Instead of criticizing, we should be praising studios for their efforts to deliver a quality product that fans deserve while simultaneously satisfying general audiences.
Directed by Zack Snyder, 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.