Wonder Woman was needed to be a hit to not only prove that a female led superhero film is viable, but to rehabilitate the DC Extended Universe’s image. It was able to do the former with flying colors ($254.3 million global box office and counting), and is easily the best DC comic book movie since Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.
Now DC and Warner Bros. need to follow it up with a spectacular Justice League film. According to Batman-On-Film, the movie has begun reshoots, and reports that they will be “significant.” The length of the shoot will apparently last a good two to three months from now until July, or maybe even August.
This isn’t the first time that the film is said to be undergoing massive reshoots, with a rumor last month that said the film would effectively be remade twice. Insiders called shenanigans on that report, saying that no additional photography had even taken place yet.
Then came the sad news about director Zack Snyder stepping down from the reshoots, because his daughter had committed suicide. In his place, Avengers director Joss Whedon would be helming the additional photography after Snyder had asked him to write new scenes for the film. Warner Bros. Pictures president Toby Emmerich said that, “directing is minimal, and it has to adhere to the style and tone and the template that Zack set.”
Here’s the problem with reporting news about Justice League — up until Wonder Woman, there really hasn’t been a good movie in the DCEU. Suicide Squad also went through extensive reshoots, and that ended up a horrible mess. Any news of reshoots — despite it being a normal process in filmmaking — will always be a story of doom and gloom. Even Wonder Woman suffered its fair share of it.
Considering Snyder’s DC films Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice weren’t that well received, maybe doom and gloom is deserved. However, there are a few reasons why this knee-jerk reaction to the news may be a bit unfair.
First and foremost, we don’t even know whether this rumor is true. We do know that the movie is going through reshoots, but how extensive they will be is pretty much up in the air. Even if the reshoots are extensive, Rogue One also went through a lot of reshoots, having had the entire third act rewritten, and that movie came out incredibly well.
Finally, and what I think is the most probable explanation, you have to remember that the cast is made up of some very in demand actors. Lining up their schedules is pretty difficult, especially when you consider that Jason Momoa is currently shooting the next DC film, Aquaman. Shooting until August doesn’t mean they’ll be shooting every day. All we do know is that everyone is working hard to make the best Justice League film they can, and I really do hope they succeed.
Justice League will premiere in theaters on November 17, 2017.