Last week reporters were releasing conflicting reports about the Justice League movie, causing a flurry of rumors to swirl around the state of Zack Snyder’s superhero team up movie.
The first report stated that extensive reshoots were being planned which would cause the movie to have been remade for the second time over the course of its long production, and the second debunked that while adding additional photography was always planned.
Now Justice League producer Charles Roven spoke with Collider on the topic while at the press junket for Wonder Woman, revealing some key details about the film’s status in post-production and the process of shooting more footage.
We’re just in the post-production process. That’s where we are. We’re in the middle of it, and I think it’s pretty common knowledge that we’re going to be doing some additional photography.
The complications of trying to, you know—Henry [Cavill]’s on Mission: Impossible, and our Aquaman is making Aquaman, Amy [Adams]’ doing Sharper Objects [sic]—so everybody’s busy, and it’s that crazy Rubix cube of trying to find a way of getting everybody in the place to do the work that we need to do. Which is not that vast, the amount of work that we have to do, but it’s still really complicated that everybody’s in different places around the world.
With Justice League’s expansive all-star cast, the scheduling complications seem like a headache no person should have to deal with. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige previously stated that someone could write a book about the scheduling process for Avengers: Infinity War. But that’s why they’re paid the big bucks.
Roven added that there are no extensive reshoots and that they’re process for capturing additional photography is normal for a production the size of Justice League, likening it to the post work done on James Cameron’s own big budget epic.
The reality is we are in the midst of trying to schedule the only additional photography that we’ve been trying to schedule. We haven’t done any additional photography up to this point…Since we’ve wrapped, there’s been no additional photography. Since we’ve wrapped, what there was was motion capture, or what we call facial capture, so we did one round of facial capture, and another mini-round of facial capture. You use facial capture if you have a CG character, you do facial capture in order to give a real performance into that CG character. An example of it would be Avatar.
That movie had a long period of production and post-production, post-production, post-production. And it turned out being the biggest movie of all-time. So there’s a lot to be said for additional photography.
Roven added that social media has made this scale of filmmaking much more difficult.
Regardless, Justice League is still on track for release on November 17.
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In Justice League, 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.
Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder, from a screenplay by Chris Terrio, and features an ensemble cast that includes Ben Affleck (Batman), Henry Cavill (Superman), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Ezra Miller (The Flash), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Ray Fisher (Cyborg), Ciarán Hinds (Steppenwolf), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Jeremy Irons (Alfred Pennyworth), J.K. Simmons (Commissioner Gordon), Amber Heard (Mera), Kiersey Clemons (Iris West) and Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor).