On the eve of the week of its theatrical release, it is easy to say that Justice League hasn’t had the most smoothest of sailings as far as the film’s initial production goes. From Joss Whedon stepping in to finish helming the film in the midst of the tragic passing of director Zack Snyder’s daughter, to the movie’s widely reported reshoots and most of all, the pressure of having to be tasked with redeeming the DC Extended Universe’s most popular heroes in the eyes of the general audience and fans alike from the film’s predecessors.
Justice League’s producer Charles Roven spoke with the Washington Times about the film’s extensive reshoots and in regards to the balancing act that comes with such a large production being spearheaded by two widely known directors of the comic book genre:
“The goal is to make sure when you’re watching the movie, it all feels cohesive. That imprint that Joss had, some aspect of it is going to come out in the direction, but the actors are already pretty much down the road on their arcs. Let’s just say 80, 85 percent of the movie is what was originally shot. There’s only so much you can do with other 15, 20 percent of the movie.”
The producer also discusses how although there is no script at the moment yet there are ideas being brainstormed for a follow-up to 2013’s Man of Steel. Furthermore, Roven delves into the status of The Batman which will be helmed by director Matt Reeves:
“From everything I know, he’s going to play that Batman. They’re retooling the script, so I can’t really say anything for certain.”
Lastly, Roven reveals the importance of the continuity of the film’s and making sure that the audience can grasp and connect with what is going on in the evergrowing DC Extended Universe:
“One of the things that’s really important to us with all of these DC movies is making sure that while they make sense, one from the other – because they’re in a certain way linked – we also want to make sure that the audience is hopefully excited by the fact that you don’t know exactly where you’re going to go.”
Considering the box office and critical success of Wonder Woman, it is interesting to see that Warner Bros. is putting less of an emphasis on Batman and Superman as the focal points of the DC Extended Universe and more so on the rest of the heroes and villains that inhabit it.
This is apparent with Jason Momoa returning as Arthur Curry alongside Amber Heard as Mera in next year’s Aquaman and 2019 seeing Gal Gadot once again starring in the sequel to Wonder Woman along with Zachary Levi and Asher Angel playing the dual role of Billy Batson in Shazam.
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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, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Amber Heard, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, Willem Dafoe, Connie Nielsen, Julian Lewis Jones and Ciarán Hinds.
Justice League will be released in theaters on November 17, 2017.
Source: Washington Times