The campaign to bring Justice League to theaters has been a long and cursed one for Warner Bros. (back as far as the failed Justice League: Mortal film of the late 2000s) - and that decade-long struggle has continued with the upcoming Justice League movie set within the DC Extended Universe.
After years of work, Justice League hit a major shakeup headed into the summer season, as director Zack Snyder dropped out of the project, following a family tragedy. Marvel's Avengers director Joss Whedon has stepped in ot complete Justice League; however there are some very different accounts about how that process is taking shape.
During Comic-Con 2017 over the weekend, the DC Films stars and filmmakers all put on their happy faces, stating that all is well with Justice League. However, a new exclusive report from Variety says that the brave faces at SDCC may have been trying to hide a much more chaotic reality...
More frustrating for WB and DC Films, however, has been the cost of logistical challenges of getting the Justice League stars back in costume and on set for such a long extra span of time. Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck are said to be available, but Flash actor Ezra Miller has the sequel to the Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts currently in production, which has forced WB to ferry him back and forth constantly.
The latest Justice League trailer teased the possible return of Henry Cavill's Superman; Cavill's Superman will indeed be back for the film, but it's said that his simultaneous commitment to Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible 6 will force DC/WB to do reshoots with Cavill rocking his M:I6 character's mustache, which will have to be removed digitally in post-production.
The reshoots, as a whole, are reportedly being used to inject Justice League with some Whedon-brand snappy dialogue, and better "connective tissue" between the massive superhero action set pieces that Snyder shot. As us pointed out, this sort of 'Frankenstein' approach to salvaging or reshooting films isn't a complete death knell for a blockbuster movie of this scale; Brad Pitt's World War Z and Disney/Lucasfilm's Rogue One both overcame such challenges in order win big at the box office.
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