With the impending release of the much anticipated Justice League, there’s a lot of speculation as to whether DC can carry on with the momentum started by previous DCEU film, Wonder Woman or whether the superhero team-up will take a step back to the level of quality of Batman V Superman, which whilst a financial success, garnered a lot of negative critical response.
One telling factor could be the introduction and influence of Josh Whedon, who stepped in late into production when previous director Zack Synder was forced to leave the project due to a family tragedy. Whedon is said to be mainly responsible for the reshoots of certain scenes.
Whedon of course, has a great track record for such fare having helmed and scripted the first two Marvel Studios Avengers movies and is also said to be developing a new Batgirl film for DC.
Whilst Synder has a reputation for veering towards darker takes on comic book characters than Whedon’s, producer Charles Roven was quick to point out that Whedon’s input will not mean that this new feature will be by any means lighter in tone;
“I really don’t know how to break down the scenes that [Joss] wrote with Zack versus the scenes that he wrote later. If you take Man of Steel, Batman V Superman and Justice League as a trilogy — they were all directed by Zack, with the third one having some influence by Joss — I would say this is the lightest of the three. That doesn’t mean it’s a comedy!”
Whilst Marvel Studio’s films have been more likely to feature moments of humour to balance the darker aspects in tone than what we have seen in both Batman v Superman and Man of Steel, it must be pointed out that Wonder Woman did manage to almost perfectly balance the tone with some well gauged humour in the right amounts and it will be interesting to see if this upcoming Superhero team-up uses that same approach as it’s route map.
Justice League opens in the UK and US Friday November 17th.
Sources: Newsday, Screen Rant