There’s currently a lot of uncertainty surrounding “Justice League” after the highly-anticipated movie underwent extensive reshoots that cost approximately US$25 million dollars.
Under director Joss Whedon, the reshoots altered the ending to make “Justice League” feel like a complete film rather than ending it on a cliffhanger. Word on the street also has it that Cyborg’s tone has been readjust to add humour to the overall tone. There may be a few spoilers ahead, so read at your own risk.
Ben Affleck recently said that “Justice League” is “the product of 2 very different directors” after Zack Snyder stepped down to deal with his daughter’s suicide. Although “Justice League” was initially going to end with Darkseid invading Earth, setting him up to be the main villain for “Justice League 2”. That plan has apparently been scrapped.
/Film reported that actress Robin Wright had shot a new flashback scene to explain a backstory of Steppenwolf, whereas the looming threat of Darkseid has been downplayed quite a bit. “The original ending of the movie from what I understand was that he was kind of playing the Silver Surfer role and Darkseid playing kind of the Galactus role, and the ending of the movie was a cliffhanger and ‘Justice League 2’ was going to be Justice League vs. Darkseid. Darkest arrives at Earth. It was kind of like this down, dirty ending and from what I understand that has been completely removed,” said podcast host Peter Sciretta.
He continued, “The ending ends the movie like a movie and it doesn’t leave a cliffhanger now. They did a reshoot with Robin Wright from ‘Wonder Woman’ and that’s gonna be a flashback explaining who Steppenwolf is and he’s now the big bad of this movie whereas Darkseid was this looming threat who won’t come.”
In addition, it also appears that Cyborg will getting more than just new body parts in “Justice League”. The cybernetically enhanced member will reportedly have lighter tone. Joe Morton, who plays the father of Victor Stone/Cyborg told IGN that the reshoot for Ray Fisher was necessary because the studio felt that the movie was “too dark”.
“I know that with Ray (Fisher), the young man who plays Victor, there were some adjustments that they made in terms of the tone of that character. I think what I heard was that there was a need from the studio to lighten up the film in a way, that the film felt too dark. I don’t know what that meant in terms of how it actually got translated in terms of the reshoots but that’s what I heard. That’s what I thought some of the reshoots were about,” Morton was quoted as saying.
Hopefully “Justice League” won’t receive the same fate as the heavily-criticised “Batman V Superman“. There’s a lot riding on this blockbuster.