News earlier this summer of extensive reshoots for Justice League may have been a surprise, but now one of the film's actors confirmed his participation in the additional filming as well as revealed that they changed the tone of one of the characters.
Joe Morton, who plays Cyborg's dad Dr. Silas Stone, told IGN that while he did reshoots with Joss Whedon the biggest adjustments were related specifically to the tone of Ray Fisher's Victor Stone, aka Cyborg.
"Well, the stuff that I had to do were just really small little bits and pieces, nothing necessarily having to do with tone. I know that with Ray, the young man who plays [Cyborg], there were some adjustments that they made in terms of the tone of that character,” Morton said.
As shown in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Cyborg’s origin is a little dark, with Dr. Stone using alien technology to create a body to save his son, a promising football player horribly injured in an accident that resulted in the loss of much of his body. Lightening Cyborg’s tone might have last impact on the character’s trajectory, but according to Morton leaves the overall tone of the film intact.
He did admit, however, that he heard the goal of the reshoots were to lighten the tone of the film.
"I think what I heard was that there was a need from the studio to lighten up the film in a way, that the film felt too dark. I don't know what that meant in terms of how it actually got translated in terms of the reshoots but that's what I heard. That's what I thought some of the reshoots were about," Morton said.
Avengers director Joss Whedon stepped in when Zack Snyder unexpected stepped back from Justice League following the death of his daughter Autumn. Warner Bros. has stressed that any additional shooting had been ordered by Snyder prior to his departure, but this reveal about Cyborg and tone sounds like Whedon's involvement may be more extensive. For now, audiences will have to wait to see what impact Whedon's influence has on the film until Justice League opens November 17.
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.