With the release of Justice League coming this November, expectations for the upcoming DC Comics superhero team-up have been boosted by the commercial and critical success of Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Ben Affleck spoke of the production of the feature and how he felt in-coming director, Joss Whedon’s influence would be seen in the finished product. Whedon of course has already helmed both of Marvel Studios’ Avengers movies and came in to assist on production of Justice League when a personal tragedy befell original director Zack Synder.
Affleck who will reprise his role as Batman in Justice League revealed,
“It’s a little bit unorthodox. Zack had a family tragedy and stepped off, which was horrible. For the movie, the best person we could’ve possibly found was Joss. We got really lucky that he stepped in. It’s an interesting product of two directors, both with kind of unique visions, both with really strong takes. I’ve never had that experience before making a movie. I have to say, I really love working with Zack, and I really love the stuff we’ve done with Joss.”
Whedon was originally thought just to have been brought on board primarily to assist with the editing of the movie but it has since been revealed that his role is a lot more involved with the director undertaking significant reshooting of scenes. Although this may have caused the obligatory alarm bells to sound at the mention of reshoots, Affleck did his best to play down any cause for concern, stating,
“I’ve never worked on a movie that didn’t do reshoots. Argo, we did reshoots for a week and a half! Four days on Gone Baby Gone! This is a really nice time to work in DC. They’re hitting their stride. They’re getting it right. It’s starting to feel like it’s really working.”
DC and Warner Bros are obviously hoping that the actor is proven right after the critical mauling of their previous DCEU films prior to Wonder Woman’s release and are banking on Justice League undoing some of the damage done by the poor critical reception that Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad received last year.