What Would Happen If Zack Snyder Doesn't Return To The DCEU?
Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder has stepped down from the upcoming Justice League movie to be with family and we offer our deepest condolences. Joss Whedon has been appointed to write and direct additional scenes, and to essentially finish the movie.
Although Whedon will be sitting in on reshoots and editing, this will in no way change the tone and direction that has already been set by Snyder in the film. That being said, Joss Whedon is still set to direct a New-52-inspired Batgirl movie. This got us to entertain an idea.
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What would happen if Zack Snyder doesn’t end up returning to helm future films? What would happen to this film universe and who would lead it then? Let’s break it down.
Judging from what’s been established from Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, and the footage revealed so far in the trailers for Justice League, the DC movies seem to be taking a step back from the dark tone of Man of Steel and BvS.
This is most likely a response from the criticism and comparisons to Marvel these movies have been receiving. Luckily for Warner Brothers, they’ve brought on Joss Whedon for some help. What if he took over the DCEU?
As mentioned before, Whedon is currently developing a Batgirl movie. As some Whedonites might recall, he had a falling out with Marvel with Avengers: Age of Ultron. He mentioned that he wouldn’t return to the MCU unless he was allowed to make a Black Widow movie.
Whedon has always had a knack for strong female characters and Batgirl seems like a match made in heaven. The MCU’s tone and style wasn’t fully established until Whedon was brought on to helm the first Avengers movie and, if given the creative control, he can steer the DCEU into a lighter, character based cinematic universe without compromising the comic roots of the characters.
Though this might run into more comparisons with the MCU when bringing on a crew from the same ship. The rivalry between the two comic conglomerates is nothing new and will be impossible to avoid.
Whedon would no doubt be able to bring out the best aspects of DC’s source material, and would have access to wield characters like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and The Flash which are characters that Marvel and numerous other companies have tried to emulate.
These characters are mythical and beyond the scope of influence of your typical comic book or even a Marvel hero. It’s been some time since the last truly heroic Superman or Batman film and what sets Whedon apart from other writer/directors is his comic book roots. Perhaps he can deliver the greatest DC superhero movies that the DCEU would ever see.
To bring things back to reality, we will reiterate that the Justice League movie will still be a Zack Snyder film (for better or for worse). Whedon was brought late into production when most of the movie had already been shot and edited into trailers and additional scenes will be minor to the story.
He will be handling non-action scenes and as we’ve witnessed time and time again, Whedon is able to tap into a deep understanding of his characters and have them interact with each other in a way that feel authentic, logical, and fun (qualities that have been sorely lacking in the DCEU since Man of Steel). That’s exciting.
But keep in mind that Joss Whedon is a team player. Just look at other films that he was involved in where he was brought on for scripting duties: Alien: Resurrection, Captain America: The First Avenger, Toy Story, X-Men (2000), and Waterworld (you didn’t think we would skip this one did you?).
None of these movies scream “Joss Whedon” and they shouldn’t. Joss Whedon being in the DCEU isn’t about him and building a cinematic universe isn’t about being an auteur. It’s a labor of teamwork and a combined vision. This is Whedon’s best quality.