Justice League reshoots being blown out of proportion

Yesterday, in the wake of the nuclear story about Ben Affleck’s time as Batman being in doubt, another detail was being reported—one that also had negative repercussions to the perception of DC’s young movie universe. It was not a new allegation against Warner Bros. or the DCEU. In fact, it’s one we’ve now heard a few times over the last few months. This is of course concerning the Justice League reshoots with Joss Whedon.

Buried in The Hollywood Reporter’s Affleck story was the simple insinuation: “Director Zack Snyder has stepped away in mid-production and his successor, Joss Whedon, is said to be doing extensive reshoots.”

And just like that, the vultures started swirling. Soon ComicBookMovie, a site with sensationalistic and sometimes click-bait designs added to the echo chamber. CBM wrote, “Apparently, Whedon is actually doing what they describe as “extensive reshoots.” That means he’s changing Justice League as significantly as the likes of Fantastic Four and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

The perpetuation of the misinformation carried downstream to a few more less notable outlets. Nevertheless, the point remains the same: none of this is true!

The reshoots, as described by Warner Bros. themselves, saw The Avengers helmer Joss Whedon being brought on board, “to shepherd the movie through post and the shooting of some additional scenes.” The HeroicUniverse can confirm that this is in fact what occurred. And the level of reshoots were nothing more than what typically occurs on a film like this—fixing continuity issues and adding a scene or two that Whedon had drafted to make the film more well-rounded. In fact, given the time that it took to complete the reshoots, as well as the small windows of time they had the principle actors, its fair to say that the reshoots couldn’t have been anything more than fixing continuity, adding a splash more of Wonder Woman, and giving fans some of the typical Whedon humor. And there’s also no guarantee any of it makes it past the cutting room floor. 

The information we’ve received is very much in line with what Forbes ran with last month. In their piece Mark Hughes wrote, “The rumors and reports come from multiple places and sources, and no one outlet or source has claimed all of these things simultaneously. But together they form an overall picture of mass reshoots and a troubled production that is resulting in the entire film needing to be essentially remade, and many of the specific details in the claims and the overall impression are mistaken or false.”

Rest easy, DCEU fans. This is just fear mongering. 

Written by | Carter Newberry

Carter Newberry serves as a Staff Writer on the Heroic Universe.

  • Adzzy

    They’re not false. They just haven’t been proved to be reliable. Just like your article a has no reliable source to back up what you’re saying.

    It doesn’t mean either is wrong or right, it means we don’t know.