The Justice League cast has weighed in to confirm previous reports that Justice League is still honoring Zack Snyder’s original intention. Even before his tragic exit from the project, Justice League was subject to myriad rumors regarding its anticipated tonal shift in the wake of the negative reaction to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Joss Whedon joining the project only made those rumors spread even faster as scheduling conflicts extended the reshoot time frame, giving even more credence to the notion that the movie was seeing a complete overhaul.
Now, thanks to a recent Justice League themed issue of Empire magazine (via Comic Book Movie), each member of the cast has shared their own experience working with the two directors and clarifying the important role each one has had in bringing the massive DC team-up movie to life.
Gal Gadot doesn’t mince words when it comes to Snyder’s involvement: “This is Zack Snyder’s movie. Joss only did a few weeks of reshoots. He was Zack’s guy and knew exactly what he wanted to get… He has a beautiful vision.”
Ben Affleck provides a slightly more holistic perspective. He’s previously stated that Justice League is an “interesting product of two directors,” and that’s still the case in his most recent comments, but he provides a little more clarity as to where Whedon’s contributions came in, specifying that Whedon’s storytelling qualities will be complimenting Snyder’s tone:
“I didn’t sense that we were moving towards something that felt like The Avengers. Joss is more than just an Avengers director. He’s a good storyteller, full stop. In mid-stream, Joss got on and part of what interested him was the puzzle aspect of it, fitting in pieces that weren’t there yet. He put the rest of the pieces in and gave it his own imprimatur. Joss came in and walked a very fine line between Zack’s sensibility, tone, and direction. We found a really fun and inspiring synthesis of their two forms of storytelling. I was so glad everyone showed up to work for Zack.”
As the original director, Snyder’s influence would be hard to excise, and any effort to do so would doubtless run into similar tonal schisms as seen in Sucide Squad, but with all effort going to merely flesh out the story while maintaining Snyder’s aesthetic intentions, ideally Justice League will be free of those stumbling blocks. Ezra Miller is also a big fan of his experience with Snyder, whose vision for each of the characters appears to have been maintained through to the final product:
“It’s a heroic act at its route. He called each and every one of us and took the time to explain something that defies, in many ways, explanation. He told us exactly how it was going to go down, which was true to course. He fascinates and amazes and staggers me. Zack Snyder, ultimate [frick]ing legend. Forever.”
Beyond simply respecting his artistic qualities, it appears the cast all also have a very strong rapport with Snyder, from Ben Affleck saying “I was so glad everyone showed up to work for Zack,” to Miller’s declaration that he’s the “ultimate [frick]ing legend, Jason Momoa also enthusiastically chimed in to say “I [frick]ing love Zack, man. I’d do anything for him.”
The enthusiasm of the cast is definitely palpable, as was evident from the London set visit last year. If the chemistry truly shines through into the final product, then the cast of Avengers may very well have some tough competition when it comes to charming superhero ensembles.
Source: Empire (via Comic Book Movie)
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