If there’s one thing the DCEU fandom likes to war over, it is the credits for Justice League. The massive superhero flick is slated to premiere in November, but fans continue to go back-and-forth over their feelings about Joss Whedon’s involvement with the film. However, one DC insider is speaking out on behalf of the director’s work on Justice League.
During the most recent episode of Superhero News, Forbes reporter Mark Hughes sat down to talk about the film's fluctuating credits. The superhero enthusiast is known for reporting on all things DCEU, and Hughes defended recent news that Whedon would get a writing credit on Justice League.
I think there’s some confusion about what precisely he has to do,” Hughes said. What I heard is he’s done roughly two dozen - or almost two dozen - pages of new material and rewrites.”
Hughes continued, further explaining one of the script’s most surprising changes.
“On top of that, there were a lot of scenes that were cut out. You know, Darkseid [has] been excised from more of the film for one thing. There’s scenes that’ve been cut and characters who’ve been cut from the film. Don’t take that as me saying Darkseid has been completely cut from the film, but I’m just saying things have been changed.
“Yes, it’s fair to say that probably a third of the script total - when you add the new pages he wrote, the rewrites that he wrote, the deletion of pages and scenes out of the movie,” Hughes finished. “It probably amounts to enough to qualify for that one-third.”
If you are confused why fans are speculating about Whedon’s total influence, you need to look to a recent press release from Warner Bros. The studio officially listed Whedon as one of Justice League’s screenwriters last week, leaving fans to wonder how much he has altered the film. According to the Writer’s Guilt of America, a writer is given credit on a film if they’ve contributed to one-third of its totality, but Hughes cautioned fans about connecting Whedon’s credit to the organization.
As Hughes explained, the WGA might not have made the formal ruling on Justice League. If no one at Warner Bros. asked for the credit to be arbitrated, the studio is able to give Whedon credit. There is no way to know if the WGA has been brought in for the film, but it seems as if Whedon has dedicate a substantial amount of work to Justice League. The director does deserve credit if he’s done the work Hughes heard about. It’s only fair after all.
However, fans have their concerns about the movie feeling uneven because of its post-production changes. Warner Bros. is certainly invested in making Justice League has good as possible given it recent success with Wonder Woman. Zack Snyder and Whedon have put in considerable effort to make the DCEU’s biggest film to-date. So, if all goes well, audiences won’t be able to tell where one man’s writing bumps against the other’s.
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