In a recent interview with EW Ben Affleck expressed his thoughts about Joss Whedon (Avengers) helping direct Justice League. What started as being directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League is now under the direction of Joss Whedon due to Snyder stepping down as a result of personal family tragedy.
As an outlet for pop culture media, our team’s thoughts go out to Zack and his family! As mentioned on our podcast on multiple occasions, we are excited to see what Whedon can do. His work with the first Avengers was incredible and it’s exciting to see the same man working on the rival studio’s team-up epic!
Affleck has also been a large part of the DCEU having appeared in person in two of the four films to date as well as having some creative input into the universe. With the heavy involvement he has had, Affleck’s thoughts are interesting to note. Regarding the change in directors he notes, “It’s a little bit unorthodox. Zack had a family tragedy, and stepped off, which was horrible. For the movie, the best person we could’ve possibly found was Joss. We got really lucky that he stepped in.” This cruncher certainly doesn’t disagree.
Regarding the film, Affleck states that it is “an interesting product of two directors, both with kind of unique visions, both with really strong takes. I’ve never had that experience before making a movie.”
The man who plays the Caped Crusader is absolutely correct. Snyder and Whedon have two very different styles. Whedon consistently goes with bright and humorous even with darker stories (i.e. Buffy the Vampire Slayer) while Snyder, on the other hand, has proven time again that he loves to put a dark vibe on his films both in the cinematography and story. A quick sampling of his films demonstrates this easily with 300, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Sucker Punch. The below screenshots from Whedon and Snyder films illustrate a stark contrast in their cinemtography style.
Due to the fact that the directors are so different Affleck was asked to comment on the re-shoots and rumors that the film is in trouble. As expected, his response is diplomatic. Brushing it off he stated, “I’ve never worked on a movie that didn’t do reshoots. ” I tend to agree that re-shoots don’t automatically mean problems. For an example, look no further than last year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It underwent extreme re-shoots and was received well critically and commercially.
Affleck is probably playing coy. The idea that Whedon is injecting more of himself into the film than anyone will let on isn’t an unlikely speculation when you see how different these two directors are and remember how poorly received Snyder’s last DC film was. While Justice League under Snyder’s direction already appeared lighter in tone than its predecessor Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I highly suspect that Whedon is putting more of his charm and wit into the feature. Whether this is a good or bad thing only time will tell. Personally, I lean on the side that this is a good thing and I absolutely LOVED Batman v Superman.
Justice League releases November 17 of this year. The official synopsis is below:
In the wake of Clark Kent/Superman’s (Cavill) death at the hands of Doomsday in BvS, vigilante Bruce Wayne/Batman (Affleck) reevaluates his extreme methods and begins reaching out to extraordinary heroes to assemble a team of crime-fighters to defend earth from all kinds of threats. Together with Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gadot), Batman seeks out cybernetically enhanced former college football star Vic Stone/Cyborg (Fisher), speedster Barry Allen/The Flash (Miller) and Atlantean warrior king Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Momoa). They face off against Steppenwolf (Hinds), the herald and second-in-command to alien warlord Darkseid, who is charged by Darkseid with hunting down three artefacts hidden on earth.
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