Charles Roven Explains Joss Whedon's Involvement Author: Bill "Jett" Ramey (@BATMANONFILM)
Date: May 26, 2017
Via VARIETY, producer Charles Roven talks about how and why Joss Whedon got involved with the film…
“We’re excited about the film, of course, but we were saddened by the events that caused Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder to have to leave and turn the reins over to Joss Whedon. He was already working with us on some of the scenes for that additional photography that we’re going to be doing shortly. It was fortunate that Zack convinced him, and he agreed to step in and finish the movie…to help Zack finish his vision. We’re excited about that.”
Look, it’s no secret that MASSIVE changes have been made to this film before and during principle photography. In fact, the rumors of multiple reshoots aren’t rumors, they took place during filming, not after. (Those disputing that report say there has not been any pick-ups/additional photography since filming ended are technically correct; but, make no mistake, this film has indeed had reshoots. (Script changes on the fly and scenes altered and filmed again are examples.)
So, where is JUSTICE LEAGUE at right now? Well, we know that additional photography will be (or currently is) taking place under the helm of Joss Whedon. Based on all the turmoil surrounding this film for over a year now, it’s hard to believe that the stuff that Whedon will shoot is nothing more than standard pick ups and what-not. No, they’re trying to salvage this film...and thank goodness.
And you know what? That’s perfectly OK. If the changes that have been – and will be made in the near future – do indeed save this movie, then I’m all for it. Hell, there’s even a chance that ALL of the aforementioned changes just might make the final product a damn good film.
That’s what I truly hope.
But, we as fans of these great DC characters cannot stick our heads in the sand and say, “Everything is just A-OK!” We cannot – and should not – ignore the FACT that JUSTICE LEAGUE has had (and may still have) serious issues. Acknowledge it (despite the “All’s good!” PR -- which they HAVE to present publicly), and respectfully demand that the fine folks at Warner Bros. do it RIGHT going forward after JUSTICE LEAGUE.
I want AQUMAN, THE BATMAN, and all future DCEU films to be good and not surrounded by self-inflicted negativity as we’ve witnessed with DCEU films this past year.