Directors in - directors out. Scripts in - scripts out. Despite DC and Warner Brothers' attempt to put on a brave public face, it is difficult to deduce anything other than mayhem and chaos coming out of the expanded superhero franchise while Marvel continues to go from strength to strength.
Yet 2017 has seen the pendulum swing the other way for once, riding the success of Wonder Woman into the grand ensemble picture that promises to be Justice League. Ben Affleck would admit that the circumstances behind the movie have been far from ideal, but indicated that there is enough going in their favor that the universe will become a Hollywood success story.
JL to be Product of Snyder-Whedon Visions
The departure of Zack Snyder from the director's chair might have been a drastic setback for those on set, but given the awful event that forced his decision, the priorities were clear. Since the studio managed to convince Marvel regular Joss Whedon to come across and helm their spinoff Batgirl, the transition became easier for Justice League when he filled in.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Affleck argued that all parties made the best of a bad situation.
"It's a little bit unorthodox," he admitted. "Zack (Snyder) had a family tragedy, and stepped off, which was horrible. For the movie, the best person we could've possibly found was Joss (Whedon). We got really lucky that he stepped in. It's 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. I have to say, I really love working with Zack, and I really love the stuff we've done with Joss."
Affleck: Reshoots Happen All The Time
Pictures of this scope prefer to plan on a production running as smoothly as possible. That is why when news breaks about reshoots, critics become curious, fans get nervous and filmmakers have questions to answer.
But put the issues of Justice League to Affleck today, and he will give you plenty of examples for films that endured the exact same scenario. Even films that would go on to win Academy Awards.
"I've never worked on a movie that didn't do reshoots," he stated. "Argo, we did reshoots for a week and a half. Four days on Gone Baby Gone. This is a really nice time to work in DC. They're hitting their stride. They're getting it right. It's starting to feel like it's really working."
Justice League opens in theaters around the US on November 17.
Source: Entertainment Weekly