Justice League director Zack Snyder parted with the project earlier this year due to a family tragedy. Warner Bros. brought in Joss Whedon to direct re-shoots for the movie, and in the time since, a lot of speculation has revolved around the final cut of the movie and how much of Snyder’s original vision it retains.
The cast of the movie has come out in defense of Zack Snyder and stated this is still his movie.
In the most recent issue of Empire magazine, the cast opened up about the shift from Snyder to Whedon. One of the more striking takeaways is the cast’s support for Snyder. Dating back when Batman v. Superman initially receive a ton of criticism, the cast stood as one in their support for Snyder and they continue to do so.
“This is Zack Snyder’s movie. Joss only did a few weeks of reshoots,” relayed Gal Gadot. “He was Zack’s guy and knew exactly what he wanted to get… He has a beautiful vision.”
Ben Affleck elaborated on the matter a little more, talking about the balancing act the movie went through as it shifted towards Joss Whedon’s hands. Here are his comments:
I didn’t sense that we were moving towards something that felt like The Avengers. Joss is more than just an Avengers director. He’s a good storyteller, full stop. In mid-stream, Joss got on and part of what interested him was the puzzle aspect of it, fitting in pieces that weren’t there yet. He put the rest of the pieces in and gave it his own imprimatur. Joss came in and walked a very fine line between Zack’s sensibility, tone, and direction. We found a really fun and inspiring synthesis of their two forms of storytelling. I was so glad everyone showed up to work for Zack.
Ezra Miller and Jason Momoa shared similar sentiments.
It’s always a difficult task when a director leaves a project, but it’s really cool to see the cast still stand with Zack Snyder. Judging from their comments, Whedon has mostly fleshed out the film rather than completely revamp it into a new movie. That’s good news.
We all saw the disjointed mess Suicide Squad was after multiple cuts of the movie were made, but the movie wasn’t salvageable.
Come November 17, we’ll find out if Zack Snyder’s last DCEU movie is better than his previous offerings.