The hits just keep coming for Justice League, as fans have found yet another embarrassing goof in the much maligned DC team up film that has left the DC Extended Universe's future in question.
Justice League was meant to be DC's version of The Avengers, a victorious convergence of the company's biggest heroes. But Justice League's problems began when director Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice underperformed at the box office and was met with savage critical reviews and a strongly polarized reaction from audiences who felt Snyder was taking the adventures of Batman and Superman into territory that was too dark. Justice League's production was slated to begin quickly after Batman V Superman's release, which meant Snyder was still attached to direct. But Warner Bros. was reportedly deeply troubled by Snyder's first cut of the film, and Joss Whedon was brought in to work on the script. Snyder would depart before reshoots got underway due to the death of his daughter - though some reports indicate he was already gone well before that - and Whedon took over directorial duties. The resulting film was an uneasy mishmash of the two directors' decidedly different styles, and ended up pleasing almost no one. The film was also riddled with technical gaffes - chief among them Henry Cavill's CGI upper lip - that made it easy to ridicule.
A newly discovered goof is only going to add fuel to that fire. Reddit user TheresOnly1GaryKing has discovered The Flash's forged military ID features a pretty blatant mistake one would imagine a military scan or even a security guard would probably pick up on: his date of birth is listed as November 6th, 2010.
In a film with a sharper creative vision this might be written off as a minor slip up, but for Justice League it's yet another reminder of what a well documented disaster its production was. Snyder has been sharing bits and pieces of his vision for the film on social media, stoking the flames of the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement. Whedon, for his part, has barely acknowledged he worked on the film at all, his silence speaking volumes.
Justice League's failure has left the scope of the DCEU's future in some question. Aquaman will be out this December, and Shazam! and Wonder Woman 2 will follow next year, but beyond that it's unclear what among the seemingly endless list of announced DCEU projects will actually get made. We still don't even know who will be donning the cape and cowl for Matt Reeves' Batman film (though Jake Gyllenhaal says to count him out as Ben Affleck's potential replacement). Even if the DCEU manages to right itself, Justice League will likely continue to be a black eye for the shared universe.
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020