DC superhero epic Justice League has been occupying headlines lately over its multi-million dollar reshoots, ones that have caused a significant headache for some of its stars (see the Henry Cavill moustache episode).
But why is the movie in reshoots anyway, and what impact will this have on the film? Star Ben Affleck has spoken out on the latter point, but first a bit of context...
Man of Steel and Batman v Superman filmmaker Zack Snyder was originally attached to the movie. After shooting a significant portion of it Snyder was compelled to depart following a family tragedy. However the movie wasn't beyond saving...
Who stepped in?
Superhero veteran Joss Whedon jumped ship from Marvel to DC to take charge of the movie, including its extensive ongoing reshoots. Given Whedon has past form in the genre with the two Avengers movies, it would appear to be in good hands. But this may present a problem...
Two directors for one movie?
Snyder is famous for his glossy, music video aesthetic as seen in the likes of Batman v Superman and earlier movies like Sucker Punch. Whedon is famous for his witty, snappy dialogue and fleet-footed skill with large ensemble casts.
The two directors couldn't be more opposed in terms of style – so what does this mean for Justice League?
Ben Affleck explains it all
"It’s a little bit unorthodox," Affleck tells EW. "Zack had a family tragedy, and stepped off, which was horrible. For the movie, the best person we could’ve possibly found was Joss. We got really lucky that he stepped in.”
He adds that the movie is "an interesting product of two directors, both with kind of unique visions, both with really strong takes. I’ve never had that experience before making a movie. I have to say, I really love working with Zack, and I really love the stuff we’ve done with Joss."
However he's positive about the future of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU): "This is a really nice time to work in DC. They’re hitting their stride. They’re getting it right. It’s starting to feel like it’s really working."