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...
According to Variety, Warner Bros. is having a hard time wrangling the cast of Justice League together for reshoots, which have reportedly grown more time-consuming and expensive than anyone thought. Instead of the usual weeks of of re-shoots, and upwards of $10 million in costs, Justice League is now reportedly at two months of reshoots, with costs approximating $25 million.
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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In Justice League, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's (Henry Cavill) selfless act, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes -- Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash -- it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder, from a screenplay by Chris Terrio, based on a story by Snyder and Terrio, Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Ciarán Hinds, Amy Adams, Willem Dafoe, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, and J. K. Simmons.
Justice League currently has a 4.16 out of 5 ComicBook.com User Anticipation rating making it the third most anticipated upcoming comic book movie among ComicBook.com readers. Let us know how excited you are for Justice League by giving the movie your own personal ComicBook.com User Anticipation Rating below. Justice League opens in theaters on November 17, 2017.