We Are With You Zack Snyder: Joss Whedon Takes The Reigns of Justice League
Zack Snyder, the central figure in the DC Extended Universe, has decided to step down from his role as director of the upcoming “Justice League” film. This announcement comes following Snyder’s daughter’s suicide and his desire to be with his family.
Snyder told Hollywood Reporter, “I’ve decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me. They are all having a hard time. I’m having a hard time.”
In the wake of this announcement, the Warner Bros. studio has asked Joss Whedon, who already had helped the film, to step up as director of the film. The film is already in the post-production phase and Toby Emmerich, president of Warner Bros. Pictures, has said that the film will still be true to Snyder’s vision.
He told Hollywood Reporter, “The directing is minimal and it has to adhere to the style and tone and the template that Zack set. It’s the same characters in some new scenes. He’s handing the baton to Joss, but the course has really been set by Zack.”
Whedon has had a great deal of success directing superhero films, most notably, his director role in the Avenger films and the TV Series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Whedon does represent some of the things fans have expressed they want to see more of in DC films.
The first Avenger film did a fantastic job bringing together huge, iconic characters and making them work perfectly together, not feeling like one character was cheated or overshadowed. This is critical for the Justice League movie.
As it stands now, every DC film stands in the shadow of Batman, and the JL film can very easily fall into that trap. Bruce Wayne, played by Ben Affleck, has taken it upon himself to create the League as so has an important role to play.
However, if the characters in this ensemble piece don’t work well together or get enough screen time, it might just end up feeling like another Batman movie with a ton of cameos, something we don’t want from a movie named “Justice League.”
As far as Whedon completely changing what’s been done, I doubt that’s a real possibility. The studio has already expressed its plan to stick to the tone of Snyder’s film, something some fans want to see change but I think the place where Whedon can most shine through is the additional scenes he’s being allowed to shoot.
Consider the difference in opinion between the theatrical cut and the extended edition of “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”. A couple of scenes placed strategically can make a movie feel more logical and cohesive, and Whedon is a master at this.
Either way, the studio, Snyder, and fans should (and do) feel confident in the fact that Whedon has taken the helm, given his record at producing movies that have been loved by fans, performed well at the box office, and have stood the test of time. Hopefully, all those things will also be said of “Justice League” which is still slated to be released on Nov. 17th.
A social media campaign has sprouted in the wake of the news where people have been posting a picture standing in solidarity with Snyder.