The DC Cinematic Universe team up film – Justice League is only a few months away, scheduled for release on November 16 but there’s been a lot happening behind the camera, and now to be in front of the camera with major re-shoots announced.
Director Zack Snyder had finished principal photography with a rough cut of the film reportedly under review, however he recently stepped down from the project in order to take time out with his family. Joss Whedon was announced to be stepping into Snyder’s role to progress the film to its finish line, but with so much work already complete it was pondered just how much of Whedon’s influence might be felt in the final cut.
It now seems like Whedon is going to be doing a lot more than simply getting Justice League to the finish line. Major re-shoots have been announced that will call back the main cast with filming to run through June, July and potentially August. Such a lengthy re-shoot is indicative of significant changes to the film, all with Whedon in the director’s seat.
Recently it was announced that a Batgirl film is in development with Whedon as both writer and director on the project, so with that in mind as well as his step back from the Marvel Cinematic Universe following Avengers: Age of Ultron, it’s not surprising that Warner Bros would pursue him to fill in for Zack Snyder. With such a lengthy re-shoot, while I’m sure Joss will treat Zack’s vision with respect, it’s difficult to think we’re not going to see something of a change in tone and direction in the film, but we’ll just have to wait until November to see what the final version is like.