Justice League had a significant paradigm shift following director Zack Snyder’s family tragedy, leading to Joss Whedon overseeing the reshoots of the revised version of the script that he worked on under Snyder’s supervision. While this has led some fans to worry that Whedon’s version will betray Snyder’s intent, Cyborg actor Ray Fisher noted that Whedon’s revisions are very much in line with what the director was already doing.
Fisher was recently interviewed by Geek Magazine as a part of Justice League‘s promotion cycle. In said interview, he noted that, while Snyder and Whedon have different personalities, both had the same goal in mind for this movie:
“They’re two very different people, but at the end of the day, they’re two very different people who basically want the same thing, and that’s to tell the best possible story for these characters and get them launched off into a really great direction. So what I think Joss has come in and done is that he’s found really good ways to bond the team, he’s found good ways to bond them organically, so it sets them up to go really anywhere in the future. While it’s a different directing style, the fact that Zack had handed the reigns to him is, like, ‘You just have to trust the process.’ While there wasn’t a lot of time to build that rapport that you would normally have with a director, at the end of the day, it’s about making sure that the fans have the best possible experience that we can possibly give them. So for all the rumor mill stuff, listen. I think there’s a lot of needless negativity that I’m personally dedicating myself not to become a part of.”
It’s important to note that from the beginning, Justice League has been promoted as being a less “heavy” film than the likes of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, with every trailer featuring a couple of jokes mixed in with all the action. It’s not a case of what happened with Suicide Squad, when the dark, character-driven movie that was promoted at Hall H back in 2015 was made into a completely different beast altogether following reshoots that lightened that film up; Justice League was always going to represent hope returning to an imperfect world with Snyder’s spiritual trilogy of Superman movies, and as such the tone was going to reflect that by being warmer.
If anything, Fisher’s comments are encouraging – they suggest that much of the revisions that Whedon handled involved character-building, which in turn would make for a stronger narrative. While Whedon’s been hit with an unfair reputation of being seen as “the guy Marvel hired to add quips to their scripts”, it should be noted that his entire body of work – from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Firefly – are cult favorites for how they juggle large ensembles. Justice League has a lot of ground to cover as the DC’s movie universe expands, and if anyone was up to the task of completing work on the film, then it was the guy who made The Avengers a massive hit.
Justice League unites on November 17, 2017. The superhero epic features a cast that includes Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne (Batman), Henry Cavill as Kal-El/Clark Kent (Superman), Gal Gadot as Diana Prince (Wonder Woman), Jason Momoa as Orin/Arthur Curry (Aquaman), Ezra Miller as Barry Allen (The Flash), Ray Fisher as Victor Stone (Cyborg), Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Robin Wright as General Antiope, J. K. Simmons as Commissioner James ‘Jim’ Gordon, Joe Morton as Dr. Silas Stone, Amber Heard as Mera, Billy Crudup as Dr. Henry Allen, and Kiersey Clemons as Iris West. Julian Lewis Jones and Michael McElhatton are also in the movie in unspecified roles.
Source: Geek Magazine (via Screen Rant)