All eyes are on Wonder Woman, which is just a few short weeks away from being released. While the DC Extended Universe series of films have made money, that have so far lacked a critical and fan excitement factor that’s enjoyed by DC’s esteem competition in the comic book movie race, so there’s a lot banking on Gal Gadot’s Amazonian princess to get the job done. Meanwhile, Justice League continues its journey through post-production towards its November release, but there may be a hiccup. One site is reporting that sources are telling them that Justice League isn’t so much undergoing reshoots as a total and complete reconstruction of the film. Twice.
Now, you should feel free to take this with as much skepticism as you’re willing to part with, but the news comes from a relatively new fan site called Splash Report, who have said that an anonymous source has informed them that things are looking rather dire on the Justice League front. “Speaking on a condition of anonymity, [our source] said that in the 17 months between the start of principal photography and the final cut arriving in theaters in November that the film will have essentially been ‘remade…twice.'”
Furthermore, and to wit, the reshoots are not over. “There are more reshoots COMING SOON. There have been a bunch but they’re going to do MORE,” according to Splash Report.
First of all, it needs to be said that “reshoots” is not a dirty word. Every major production, regardless of director, cast, or studio, undergoes reshoots to account for continuity mistakes, missed shots, or to add scenes to create more clarity or better pacing in the finished film. It’s not. That. Weird. And while it’s true extensive post-production reshoots might have ended up having a negative effect on, say, Suicide Squad, they helped redeem Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which featured scenes of an entirely different climax in the trailers. It would be logical, and expected, for Justice League to have reshoots.
Warner Bros. and DC have been on a charm offensive to change the tune on DCEU’s fortunes so far as Justice League is concerned, from hosting film bloggers on set to offering an advanced look at the film at last summer’s San Diego Comic Con (while the movie was still in principal photography), but there may now be even more dire financial stakes. THR is reporting that Warners could lose as much as $150 million on King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, a costly bomb that they can’t afford to repeat with Justice League.
Money may not be an issue though because the first three DCEU films (Man of Steel, Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad) have made more than over two-and-a-quarter billion dollars at the worldwide box office so far, but this is still a story that Warners and DC doesn’t want to see right now. The big question is “How true is this report?” It would seem that if things on Justice League were this dire, it might have leaked out already through one of the major Hollywood trades like The Hollywood Reporter or Variety (no offence to Splash Report).
Online film journalism is always trying to walk a fine line between covering the every day news and drama, and trying to scoop each other with exclusive new details about major projects. Is it possible that Splash Report’s source may be mistaken, or even embellished the turmoil behind the scenes on Justice League? Let’s look at it another way, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn recently shared on Facebook a ScreenCrush article called “17 Times James Gunn Corrected False ‘Guardians‘ Info” calling it “amazing” and “well-researched.” If Gunn was irked by a myriad of rumours about his hotly anticipated sequel, imagine how Zack Snyder and Co. might feel about this news depending on how far off the mark it is. Time will tell, obviously, if Splash Report turns out to be correct.
Justice League will be in a theatre near you, in some condition, on November 17.