Every big budget movie schedules for reshoots after the completion of principal photography. Once footage is compiled in the editing room, it can often become apparent that some shots need to be replaced, or entirely new shots could help flesh out the story. Despite its normalcy, the word "reshoots" always causes alarm amongst fandom due to a few high profile cases of last ditch efforts to fix a bad movie. Sometimes it's a success, like Rogue One or World War Z, but other times it isn't, like with Fantastic Four or Hancock.
In the case of the DCEU - where critical backlash matched with strong fan support always causes a little extra drama - Suicide Squad's reshoots and apparent tonal change from early marketing, resulting in another critical thrashing, means the word "reshoots" carries even more baggage than it would for other franchises; so, it wasn't surprising that the announcement that Justice League would be going through additional photography, the rumor mill started turning. Zack Snyder's departure due to a family tragedy and Joss Whedon coming on to complete said reshoots only added gasoline to that fire. Many fans and members of the media began speculating and connecting some dots that may or may not exist, determining that Warner Bros was taking advantage of an opportunity to change direction - possibly to a drastic extent - without Snyder.
Over time, numerous rumors have surfaced saying a variety of different things about the true direction the movie is taking after Snyder's exit. Over time, these rumors have started to blend together and combine with varying levels of speculation to join the zeitgeist as a generally accepted indicator of Justice League's behind-the-scenes status, with many people losing sight of how each individual rumor started or specifically what it said, only knowing that things sound chaotic, reactionary, and doomed.
While, at a glance, this narrative may seem to fit the bill, it lacks the nuance necessary to understanding the true status of Justice League's storied production, distilling layers of rumors down to a single thumbs up or thumbs down, with the credibility of each individual rumor becoming a non-issue due to the sheer volume of claims floating around.
The true behind-the-scenes story may not be revealed for a number of years, but based on things we've already learned about the production of Justice League, as well as the stated plans for the universe, we have enough puzzle pieces to get a good idea of what's going on with the reshoots - but first we'll need to review the history of Justice League's production to this point.
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- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
- Wonder Woman 2 (2019) release date: Nov 01, 2019
- Cyborg (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020