Zack Snyder’s son Jett has posted his thoughts on Justice League – and takes a shot at Warner Bros.' “meddling” with the film. Zack Snyder quickly launched into Justice League after finishing Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and where that movie was designed to be dark and brooding, Justice League was intended to aim for a more hopeful tone. Snyder chose to step aside from the project following a family tragedy, with the director giving his blessing to Joss Whedon to come onboard and finish it.
Whedon then reshot a fair chunk of Justice League with the final movie feeling like a weird mix of Snyder and Whedon’s style. Whedon was also ordered to bring the movie’s runtime to 2 hours, which led to many sequences – such as Aquaman’s backstory – being snipped. The critical consensus hasn’t been great either; it currently holds 41% on Rotten Tomatoes, most of which take aim at the rushed story, weak villain and the terrible CGI effect used to erase Henry Cavill’s mustache. It should be noted, however, that the audience score is a much healthier 83%.
Now Snyder’s son Jett has given his thoughts on the movie via his Vero account (via Heroic Hollywood). While he enjoyed it overall, he does point out some issues with the movie and calls out the studio for certain decisions they made with the final product.
“On a more serious note I did enjoy the movie, although it is clearly not what it could have been due to the meddling of Warner Brothers and the forced comedy. The run time was my biggest gripe with the movie, with events that should take a long time over in a flash;$ but still definitely a fun movie to watch, and would recommend it.”
Many fans believe the reshoots were to Justice League's detriment, and they’ve now launched a petition to convince the studio to release Zack Snyder’s original cut on home video. It should be noted that Snyder’s work generally benefits from a longer cut, with the extended versions of both Watchmen and Batman V Superman receiving stronger critical notices thanks to the restored footage.
The cost of Justice League’s reshoot cost the budget to balloon to $300 million, and the movie’s domestic underperformance means the film is projected to lose $100 million for the studio. It will be interesting to see how Warner Bros. adjust their plans for the franchise moving forward, which may leave the fate of several planned projects in the balance. There's also the suggestion the forthcoming Flashpoint movie might be used to soft reboot the whole universe, allowing the studio to start with a clean slate.
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