Gal Gadot doesn't believe that the tone of the forthcoming Justice League movie will be "completely different" because of Joss Whedon's involvement. Slated for release later this year, Justice League sees Gadot's Wonder Woman team up with Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) in an epic adventure that the DCEU has been building towards even since the release of Man of Steel in 2013.
As was previously reported, original Justice League director Zack Snyder was forced to step away from production after a personal tragedy and Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Buffy The Vampire Slayer) was hired as a replacement for post-production duties. Since principal photography was completed before Snyder left the project, the change initially looked straightforward - but that was before reports surfaced of re-shoots taking place under Whedon's guidance. Rumors subsequently appeared suggesting that these alterations significantly changed the movie, with some alleging that the ending had been changed and others claiming Whedon had been hired to lighten Justice League's tone.
Ben Affleck added fuel to the Justice League-rumor fire by claiming the movie was "an interesting product of two directors." Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot, however, is playing down the idea of wholesale changes to the movie. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Gadot was asked about the controversy and replied:
"Look, Joss, to my understanding, was Zack's choice to finish the movie. And the tone can't be completely different because the movie was already shot. Joss is just fine-tuning."
Gadot's comments seem to be in line with the original reports that Whedon was simply coming aboard to oversee the final touches in post-production and doesn't make any reference to what may or may not have changed in the re-shoots. With the rumor mill very much in overdrive as Justice League nears completion, Gadot's words are perhaps intended to calm the situation somewhat and reassure fans that despite the understandable change in director, things are going more or less to plan.
Of course, it's worth remembering that re-shoots are a common occurrence in the movie business and aren't necessarily an indication of behind-the-scenes difficulty or a lackluster film. It's possible that the change in director made the additional shoots look more significant than they perhaps were from an outside perspective and there's nothing to suggest that they wouldn't have taken place if Snyder was still at the helm.
With that said, the amount of rumors swirling around the production of Justice League could be interpreted as a "no smoke without fire" type of situation. Certainly, the DCEU has struggled with critical reception to movies such as Suicide Squad and Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and although the franchise made amends with Wonder Woman, Justice League will be the biggest test yet. It's critical Warner Bros. get this one right if the DCEU is to succeed in the long term.
Source: Rolling Stone
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