Despite rumors to the contrary, Justice League producer Charles Roven says there haven’t been any reshoots yet on the upcoming the upcoming superhero adventure. The DC Extended Universe has attracted a lot of attention lately, thanks to the pending release of the Wonder Woman solo movie and reports of Warner Bros./DC narrowing down director candidates for The Flash, which includes Robert Zemeckis and Matthew Vaughn.
And while the news coming out of the Warner Bros. camp has been mostly positive, negative rumors have also recently surfaced about the production of director Zack Snyder’s Justice League having to undergo “massive reshoots,” which an unnamed source told The Wrap were were not true.
In an interview with Collider for Wonder Woman over the weekend, Roven went on the record to say additional photography has not taken place on Justice League yet, beyond some motion facial capture facial work. Acknowledging that there is still work to be done, Roven says:
“We’re just in the post-production process. That’s where we are. We’re in the middle of it, and I think it’s pretty common knowledge that we’re going to be doing some additional photography. The complications of trying to, you know—Henry [Cavill]’s on Mission: Impossible, and our Aquaman is making Aquaman, Amy [Adams]’ doing Sharper Objects [sic]—so everybody’s busy, and it’s that crazy Rubix cube of trying to find a way of getting everybody in the place to do the work that we need to do. Which is not that vast, the amount of work that we have to do, but it’s still really complicated that everybody’s in different places around the world.”
With so much money at stake, reshoots are clearly becoming more of a standard practice in the movie industry. And while in the past reshoots implied a film was in trouble, successes like Rogue One, World War Z and Avatar have proven that is simply not the case anymore. Pointing out the additional photography for Avatar, Roven says:
“That movie had a long period of production and post-production, post-production, post-production. And it turned out being the biggest movie of all-time. So there’s a lot to be said for additional photography.”
Still, Roven tells Collider, the rumor mill is hard to control, especially in the age of social media. He says:
“Social media has made executing these movies more difficult because the screening process is now different, there’s so much chatter about it, you have to be more careful. Ask people to give the filmmaker more opportunity to realize his vision and adjust it along the way. But even though it’s more difficult, and more visible, and less being able to tinker in your garage. But even though it’s much more visible, we still have to do it because our job is to try and make the movies the best we can until we run out of time.”
Since Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice underwhelmed fans and critics, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that filmmakers are taking extra caution is being taken with Justice League – yet as hard as they try, some fans will inevitably be disappointed. Rumors, meanwhile, are just that. The best fans can hope for in the immediate future is a positive outcome for Wonder Woman (early reactions from critics are favorable) and that those good fortunes carry over to Justice League when it opens Nov. 17.