However, Zack Snyder’s name will still be listed as the director of this Justice League film. Because Warner Bros. Pictures decided to only put Joss Whedon’s name on the screenwriter section.
And, as a result of the director’s change, re-shooting had to be done. In addition to costing an extra USD 25 million and adding new elements, the reshoot, reportedly, also brings crucial changes to the ending.
In Snyder’s version, the first Justice League film will tell the story of Steppenwolf. Who is collecting three Mother Boxes. Then trying to prepare Earth to welcome the arrival of his boss: Supervillain Darkseid. As for the second film, the plan is to raise the battle of Justice League v Darkseid earlier.
For DC Comics fans, Darkseid is no stranger. He is the strongest supervillain in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Kind of like Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Which will be ganged up by Iron Man et al in Avengers: Infinity War (2019).
However, reportedly, Joss Whedon considers the appearance of Darkseid at the end of the Justice League film is still too early. He was worried it would be anticlimactic. Whedon, in the end, delayed Darkseid’s appearance. And he made Steppenwolf as the only main villain.
Whedon is also almost certainly not making this Justice League film into two parts, but standalone. Because this film is the first time Batman and Wonder Woman unite metahumans. So, he wanted to explore the plot. In order to become a stronger basis for the next DCEU films.
Whedon also added a flashback scene involving Wonder Woman’s aunt. Namely: General Antiope (Robin Wright). That scene will be the basis of who Steppenwolf is. Which would explain why he had become so evil now. In fact, worse than what Rangga did to Cinta.
Another rumor circulating, Whedon doing reshoots because the original version made by Snyder is very unwatchable. Alias can not be watched so bad. Snyder’s Justice League ending, prior to the reshoot, was reportedly very strange, dark, chaotic, and confusing.
Therefore, it is possible that Whedon changed the ending of Justice League just in case the film is less successful and not strong enough to be a sequel. In addition, reshooting is also Whedon’s creative move to improve this film. So that the result is exactly what Snyder wanted, but in a better version.
When interviewed, Ben Affleck admitted, Snyder and Whedon both had an influence on the final outcome of Justice League. They both have a unique vision that this film desperately needs.
Meanwhile, the reshoot process caused schedule conflicts for a number of Justice League stars. Ezra Miller is busy shooting the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. And Henry Cavill already grew a mustache to shoot Mission: Impossible 6.
As a result, because it was impossible to display Superman with a mustache, CGI (computer-generated imagery) was forced to remove Cavill’s mustache. Which according to Ben Affleck, jokingly, the mustache Cavill looks like a 1970s porn star, but with a better body.