Ben Affleck has talked about Joss Whedon’s contribution to Justice League, praising the film’s writer and reshoots director. The DCEU is on a roll after the massive success of Wonder Woman, which will be followed up next month by the much-anticipated epic team-up. But while people are obviously excited for a film offering the first-ever big screen team-up of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg, it can’t be helped that there are still some reservations regarding Justice League given its various production setbacks.
Whedon took over from Justice League director Zack Snyder after the latter had to step away from the project to attend to family matters. Under the former Marvel-movie maker, the film has gone through extensive rewrite and reshoots. The cast members, however, are adamant that amidst all work done after the director’s departure, the project is still very much in line with Snyder’s original vision. Now, Affleck is talking more extensively regarding what Whedon’s additions.
Speaking with SFX Magazine, the Batman actor opened up about the benefits of Whedon coming in on Justice League, praising his knowledge and character work in particular:
“Joss just brought to the movie what good directors bring, which is good taste. A sense of what’s gonna work in the story and what isn’t. An instinct for realism and for finding the humanity in the characters and the humanity in the conflict, then making it accessible and relevant. I think that’s one of the things he did so well with Avengers, frankly. He really defined the tone, and it felt like a lot of the movies after that sort of fell into that tone that he created. It was a very tricky dance where you have all these people who can do all these fantastic things that’s completely absurd on the face of it, and yet, a good storyteller like Joss brings us in, makes us identify with them, makes them seem real, and makes it interesting. A lot of guys know the comic books, a lot of people have that knowledge base. What Joss really has is talent.”
Affleck, who is also a director himself, further shared that he has a high level of respect for Whedon and his abilities as a filmmaker:
“I wish I had the gift that he has for identifying what’s the most compelling human drama in the context of superhero conflict. But he has a very sharp mind for it. He knows exactly what he wants, almost with a surgeon’s kind of precision. He focuses in, beat by beat, on how he’s telling the story, exactly where he’ll be editorially. What the tenor of delivery of a line should be like. He gives you comfort because you feel like he has a very clear idea of what he wants, what he expects and, most importantly, what he thinks will work.”
Despite Whedon not getting a directorial credit – Snyder is the sole named filmmaker on Justice League – the writer and helmer of the upcoming Batgirl gets co-writing credit alongside Chris Terrio for his contribution in the upcoming blockbuster’s screenplay. The nature and scale of the additions Whedon made to Justice League is still unknown, but it’s clear that, whatever’s changed, his star believes it was all for the best.
Source: SFX Magazine
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