‘Justice League’ Extensive Reshoots Causing Headaches for Star Schedules (EXCLUSIVE)

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Warner Bros. and DC are spending big money to ensure that “Justice League” builds on the creative success of “Wonder Woman” instead of serving up a “Suicide Squad”-style disappointment.

The studio, which had no comment on the scheduling trouble, is spending approximately $25 million on extensive reshoots that have dragged on for roughly two months in London and Los Angeles, according to multiple insiders. Like “The Avengers,” “Justice League” centers on a group of superheroes who band together to save the world. The ensemble nature of the comic book movie, and the fact that its cast includes several of the most in-demand actors working in Hollywood today, is creating scheduling headaches that have prolonged the shooting.

It’s standard for big Hollywood movies to schedule a few weeks of pick-up work, but the cost and time allotted to the work on “Justice League” is raising some eyebrows. Reshoots, or additional photography, to use the preferred studio nomenclature, traditionally cost between $6 million and $10 million, and rarely have to juggle so many competing schedules. They typically last a week or two.

Though stars like Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot, who play Batman and Wonder Woman, aren’t working on any other projects at the moment, enabling them to be on call for the filming, other cast members such as Ezra Miller and Henry Cavill have been scrambling to accommodate the additional photography.

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Miller is reprising his “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” role in the film’s sequel, which started filming earlier this summer. Sources indicate that since that is also a Warner Bros. property, scheduling has been easier. The studio has gone out of its way to make him available, but his growing role in the world of wizarding series has made it difficult for him to suit up as the Flash on the same days that other co-stars are available.

Cavill’s issues are even more thorny. “Justice League’s” Man of Steel had expected to be able to finish shooting the sixth “Mission: Impossible” film before needing to don Superman’s spandex again. That has not been the case, however, as the new scenes that are being shot have required him to jump back and forth from each production. Because of this, a mustache he grew for his character in the “Mission: Impossible” sequel will have to be digitally removed in post-production. Paramount, which is distributing the “Mission: Impossible” sequel, would not allow Cavill to shave the facial hair while production was taking place.

Then there is the question of crediting. Joss Whedon has now spent months overseeing the project, but he will not receive a co-directing credit, according to an insider. Whedon stepped in to handle the reshoots and finish the film this spring after director Zack Snyder publicly excused himself from the project, following his daughter’s suicide in March. Whedon won’t just be rewarded with a fat paycheck. He may also get a producing credit or a screenplay credit. There’s some precedent. Tony Gilroy, who stepped in for director Gareth Edwards to oversee reshoots for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” earned a screenwriting credit.

A similar problem exists for the Han Solo spinoff film. Last month, Disney and Lucasfilm fired directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller and replaced them with Ron Howard. It’s unclear if Howard will receive sole credit for shooting the film or will share it with his two predecessors.

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Sources say “Justice League” reshoots have been used to punch up the dialogue. Whedon, the director of “The Avengers,” is well respected for his ability to create memorably wry exchanges between his characters. The set pieces Snyder shot are said to be usable, but Whedon has been working on “connective tissue” that was needed to link sequences.

“Justice League” is spending the kind of time and money on reshoots that mid-budget films would have to shoot an entire movie. However, this is no longer an anomaly. Major studio movies have become so complicated and expensive, and are often key parts in sprawling franchises, that companies will spend lavishly, even late in the production, to ensure that audiences come out in force. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “World War Z” both had extensive reshoots, and went on to be commercially and critically successful. “Suicide Squad,” another DC film, also did a lot of extra filming with mixed results. The movie was a box office hit, but critics savaged the picture. Going forward, Warner Bros. has changed its greenlighting process. It will now factor weeks and millions of dollars of additional photography into the production budgets of its major comic book films, according to insiders. Other studios have made similar accommodations on their big-budget films.

The reports of re-shoots have alarmed some fans of the DC franchise. At San Diego Comic-Con last weekend, where sneak footage of the film earned a rock concert reception, the “Justice League” cast used its Hall H panel to downplay the extent of the additional photography.

“They’re brief if anything,” said Ray Fisher, who plays Cyborg. “Zack picked a great director to help clean up for us.”

Affleck also used the panel to shoot down a report that he was leaving the franchise.

“Batman is the coolest part in any universe — DC, Marvel,” he said. “It’s incredible.”

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  1. ctrent29 says:

    Sounds like WW set the bar on what the public wants in their superhero movies and WB execs are making them to back to revamp JL…and green-lighting the cash to do it.

    You’re speaking on behalf of the public? I don’t recall asking you to do that for me.

    I don’t want every DCEU movie to be like “Wonder Woman”. Nor do I want every comic book film to adhere to the MCU “forumula”. I like to watch a VARIETY of different kinds of films, thank you very much.

  2. dhillii says:

    Sounds like WW set the bar on what the public wants in their superhero movies and WB execs are making them to back to revamp JL…and green-lighting the cash to do it.

  3. David5309 says:

    They need to do something because that trailer looks awful

  4. Meghan says:

    Hey leave him be he doesn’t have to lose his stache I kinda like it so let him be stop picking on him just leave him be &’leave him alone don’t boss him around just let him keep the stache

  5. paully says:

    Joss Whedon will fix this movie for WB/DC.. JW is the expert in Superhero Team films.. Ha ha..

  6. Joe Thomas says:

    Wait, am I the only person in the universe that didn’t officially know Superman would be in justice league? Seeing how hes dead now. This is only a spoiler for me? If so that’s fine, figured he would be in it anyway but didn’t see anything offical.

    • Zani Castle says:

      The dirt from his coffin lifted at the very end of BvS, he was speaking about Justice League long before BvS released, Man of Steel 2 was announced to be in production months ago, Cavill’s casting in Justice League has never been a secret, and there’s plenty of photos of him on set in costume

  7. Afflack is most probably contracctually obliigated to sing the praises of his masters.

  8. stevenkovacs says:

    How much of the $25M will it cost to digitally remove Henry Cavill’s (now) moustache??

  9. jawsfan says:

    For the most part, Marvel makes movies that are fun and enjoyable while DC makes movies that are dark, somber, leaden in their seriousness, not much fun, and in Snyder’s case directed by someone who values visuals over story. That, my friends, is the main difference.

    • Claudia says:

      DC comics have ALWAYS been darker. Anything different isn’t staying true to DC. So they’ll never not be. Just the writing and character stories are, mostly, poor. Wonder Woman the exception.

    • john carter says:

      To be fair, the DC comics are generally dark so the movies should be too (even though the public can’t accept anything other than disney standards). Because of the way the character’s are in the comics, it’s hard to make them lighthearted like marvel does. Look at what happened when they tried that (cough green lantern cough). Realistically, there’s hardly room for jokes when these heroes basically spend their lives around the cycle of birth, death, and destruction. DC in general has a darker tone and that’s hard for the general public to swallow. If you expect every super hero movie ever made to follow in the marvel/disney template, you’re gonna have a bad time..

      • Timely Comment says:

        And to be fair and balanced about it—

        More knowledgeable comicbook readers remember a time when the DC Universe of characters were the fun and gee-whiz fantasy ALTERNATIVE to the more-grim and gritty realism of the MARVEL characters. (It took Stan Lee’s writing in the early ’60s to update them to deal with everyday concerns, and revitalized the comics industry, which hich lead to DC’s counter-reformation to do the same… eventually.)

        It’s a historical irony that the DC Films Universe chose to make their cape-and-cowl characters “dark” for film audiences in a reaction to the MARVEL Cinematic Universe “light” movies. The difference in studio approaches are telling: 4 films, critical and Box Office “underperformance” for WARNER BROS, versus 16 films, reviewer and theater bonanza for DISNEY [well, PARAMOUNT initially].

        It’s TRAGIC to the comics reader in me that modern-day DC fans know the film versions of classic characters that was given to Zach Snyder and David Goyer to define (and because of the success of WONDER WOMAN, they’re now “course-correcting”). That they only? know “generally dark” comics stories that become generally dark movies is really SAD.

        The decades-long comicbook history of the DC characters being “fun” fantasies are now being trumped by how the DCFU defines them in the movies…

  10. Ellie says:

    thornier

    • highhardheat says:

      Of course there’s re shoots and more than expected….because Hack Snyder shot everything previously… Whedon had to re write and re shoot to fix Snyder lack of consistency and flow. Typical of all of Snyder’s movies……………Another reason why Snyder should move on from DC.

  11. What says:

    25 million for some dialogue scenes? these writers really think all the readers are brain-dead MCU fanatics

  12. Character development and enjoyable writing between characters have neither been skills Snyder possesses.

    He didn’t write the Wonder Woman screenplay. He had input on the story direction. Patty Jenkins, Cast and crew are the reason WW is phenomenal.

    Zack is excellent at far shots with large scale fantasy/sci-fi visuals, but his actual story development is disjointed and should always be left to someone else.

    He’s more of an F/X focused director who should really not direct films.

    • Well says:

      you’re wrong. His characters have decisive characteristics and his stories respect the audience’s intelligence. Not his fault that the audience usually is dumb

      • JR says:

        Snyder did something that no other iteration of Superman has been able to do… He took a character that’s everyone felt was so boring that they had to do Death of Superman in order to boost sales and gave us a Superman that was actually interesting. As for BvS, while the theatrical release was poor, Snyder’s 3 hour version is a different matter. The movie had the balls to reach for something higher then we get from other superhero films. The Ultimate Cut is in my top 5 of these comic book movies.

      • Michael says:

        um. no. Batman v. Superman was the opposite of intelligent. There was literally no story there. Man of Steel was a little bit better, but it also wasn’t true to the spirit of Superman AT ALL.

  13. The amount of critical praise is an Oscar nomination; the actual determinate for box office success are tickets sold; the measure of financal gross relies more on inflation of ticket prices.

    What is deemed a success depends on several factors affecting “box office” receipts. Who finishes filming or the cost of finishing must equal to the return on investment.

    The “franchise model” concerns the studio but their money ($25 million) is Wall Street dollars looking for a return on the investment.

    It’s called “Show Business”.

    Mickey Mouse could finish filming with a rewrite by Donald Duckfor plus an additional $1000,000 million to finish, as long as it shows a profit in the United States and selected territories overseas.

  14. Timely Comment says:

    $25 Million in reshoots??!

    For that money, WARNER BROS and the DC Films Universe could’ve had a down-and-dirty R-rated Lobo flick. Or 2, 3 series of 8 episodes or so of Hawk and Dove…Elasticman… Big Barda/The Furies/Granny Goodness…

    But I guess cgi-removing Henry Cavill’s mustache is more a priority for the DCFU?

  15. Vint says:

    Tristan took the words right out of my keyboard! There were numerous stories of the same type about “Wonder Woman” and now that it’s a success, every “movie” journalist and his grandmother treat it like a comfortable chair. You “Variety” cinema “reporters” need to get some new work badges: either from Fox “News” or “The Enquirer”. That’s more your speed.

    • Rex says:

      Oh piss OFF. This is excellent reportage of the subject based on information fanboys just aren’t privy to until the trades break the news. Quit being such a pussy about it.

    • Claudia says:

      That’s one instance of success. Way more often than not it is not a great sign.

  16. Tristan says:

    Remember how they said the same thing about wonder women? Or Ben leaving the series? I dont believe any of this.

    • jedi77 says:

      I actually don’t, no.
      I remember stories about WW being crap, about the studio being worried, etc. But I honestly don’t remember anything about WW reshoots.

      • Michael says:

        that’s because there weren’t any reshoots. Patty Jenkins is a capable storyteller who knew what story she wanted to tell and was successful at her job.

  17. erdomerdo says:

    roflmao DC u are FAILING! FAILING! just like u always do. justice league is going to be a disaster just like bvs and suicide squad! LOLOLOLOL! the only way forward is to get rid of tsujihara and his lieutenants, then to go and find someone who actually knows how to make great dc movies. if you dumbasses at DC/WB werent so stupid, u’d know your animation division has some of the best storytellers in the biz. bruce timm! greg weisman! and go get paul dini!

    • Stout_WideShoulder says:

      Failing? They have 4 100M opening weekends in a row, JL will be 5.

      In 9 years and 17 movies marvel hasn’t put together 3. So to suggest that’s failing is idiotic.

      The DCu has been more commercially successful in its initial phase than marvel’s phase 1.

      The critics didn’t like the first 3 movies. The fans did overwhelmingly. That’s success. You don’t need critics to make a billion dollars.

      Sounds more like you’re scared that Dc is making marvel look like a kid’s cereal box, and are begging them to reset to kid’s cereal so that you don’t feel stupid when their trailers and movie blow away the fancore while you’re stuck trying to get people to like a spider boy that they just don’t like.

    • Bertman says:

      you sound ridiculous.

  18. Jimmy says:

    Marvel is doing great so far, but they are really working through all of their A list characters and after Avengers 3 I see them with diminishing returns. By all means spend the money they need to get it right. This is good news. Star Wars has done this nearly 3 pictures in a row as it stands.

    • badblokebob says:

      Because Guardians of the Galaxy were soooo well-known before their first movie.

      Marvel’s fortunes may fade, but it won’t be because of an inability to turn minor characters into major box office.

      • Claudia says:

        True. Ant Man was a hit. Ant Man. Think about that. Lol

      • Michael says:

        so true. and, let’s be honest, Marvel Studios was kind of starting with their B-Team anyway. The general public was mostly unaware of Iron Man before his first film. Their A-List properties, X-Men and Spider-Man, were tied up elsewhere.

    • Claudia says:

      You aren’t wrong. Fox sadly has many of the other big Marvel names.

  19. Kilpack says:

    “according to multiple insiders” and other ways to generate false expectations and hate. C’mon.

  20. As long as Warner Bros. owns DC I fear their “cinematic universe” is doomed. Wonder Woman being the exception . . . I’ll stick with the Arrowverse and animated content. Say what you want about Marvel Studios but it’s undeniable that Kevin Feige actually cares about and understands his subject and fosters a singular vision. You can’t just say “we’re going to create a huge film franchise” and expect it to happen. Marvel started small with one film . . . Iron Man. The franchise has snowballed since then because of the respect given to the source material. Every casting choice is spot on. They took 10 years to get to Avengers: Infinity War.
    My big complaint with the Justice League trailer is the heroes being referred to as “The Bat Of Gotham” and “The Superman”. Just retarded.

    • Capt Tightpants says:

      Ummmmmmm…Warner Brothers has owned DC Comics since buying National Periodical Publications in 1969. 48 years.

    • john carter says:

      realy that’s your biggest complaint? what’s wrong with the bat of gotham? or THE superman? it’s actually better than just calling them batman or superman. you have to remember that in that universe, superheroes are fairly new to the public in that world. batman, superman etc. comics don’t exist.

      • You nailed it. While reading all the comments, my thought was Marvel Studios success was directly related to Kevin Feige’s vision of Marvel’s universe. He planned it out decades in advance. It starts at the top and trickles down to producers, directors, writers, casting, etc. But it starts at the top with having someone like Kevin Feige have a vision. I don’t see anything like this in DC Films. It’s very splintered and sporadic.

    • JoHunter says:

      The measure of a film’s success is the box office, not the opinion of whiny critics.

    • Claudia says:

      They’ve started to ride the ship, Wonder Woman was phenomenal. I like Marvel, they have a machine going, but rooting for DC too. Just seems like just bad luck is hitting this movie.

  21. MrJ says:

    Trailer looks like mess: rock music, poor CGI, dark filters, one liners…like a 12 y/o kid(Zack Snyder) put everything he thought is cool together. No idea how much Whedon can do about it.

  22. Irving Lee says:

    This again? Most of the major cast members have finished filming their part of the reshoots not three weeks after it began. Momoa even posted pics of the party celebrating the end of his part of the reshoots(which, interestingly, the media seems to have ignored). They’ve already said things are mostly wrapped at this point. Barely any set pics from the “extensive” reshoots have surfaced in the past month–because there haven’t been any.

    You’d think after the “reports” from a “trusted source” of Wonder Woman being a discombobulated mess turned out to be false, you media shills will learn.

  23. Lucky says:

    That’s a lotta mustache bucks! That trailer was Standard Snyder, really hoping they can add some personality with these reshoots

  24. “Connective tissue”? You mean movie is a disjointed mess? Sounds like regular DC stuff.. #disappointed

  25. Cary Hoffson says:

    The new trailer looks great has wonder woman movie is the justice League movie should be. Just has good has any marvel movie has been

  26. Larry says:

    “The set pieces Snyder shot are said to be usable, but Whedon has been working on “connective tissue” that was needed to link sequences.”

    They are “usable” ? USABLE ? That doesn’t sound promising.

  27. michael christie says:

    Saw the trailer at a Dunkirk screening yesterday, WW looked good, the movie looked pretty awful. The CGI on Cyborg was especially bad.

  28. Jim says:

    More Whedon and less Snyder can only be a good thing.

  29. Rob Workman says:

    It still looks like a hot mess compared to Wonder Woman.

  30. paully says:

    Joss Whedon will fix this .. JW is now the expert on Super Hero Teams, similar to Buffy..

  31. Al Diaz says:

    Why does Batman’s costume look like one of those “patchwork” leather jackets you find on mail order men’s clothing websites? Bruce Wayne is a billionaire. Surely he can come up with a better looking outfit than that.

  32. Dijeirusan says:

    I sorta wish the writer of this article tried to contact ANYONE from London that worked on the reshoots, which wrapped the week before last. Star Wars Episode 7 (never mind Rogue One) had longer and more extensive reshoots. Just FYI.

  33. JR says:

    Yes, adding more jokes and making it seem like more of a Marvel movie. No seriousness allowed. I’m bored with it already

    • Mark says:

      That’s why dc and wb have failed. Along with ugly design work devoid of color–dc/wb comes c movies are humor and witless.

    • JonKang says:

      Nowhere in the article it states they’re adding more jokes. Reshoots are sometimes done to make the film more coherent, something that may be lacking based on Snyder’s previous work with BvS. Otherwise WB wouldn’t be spending extra money listening to Whedon.

      If you’re bored already, simple, don’t watch.

      • JR says:

        Quips are Whedon’s stock in trade.

      • Thomas says:

        “Nowhere in the article it states they’re adding more jokes.”

        To be fair, the article does say:

        “Sources say “Justice League” reshoots have been used to punch up the dialogue.”

        It’s not explicit, but I’d say “punching up the dialogue” strongly implies they’re adding more humor.

  34. 25 million is not a reshoot. It is a rewrite.

  35. Dan says:

    Guess you missed the comic con panel yesterday where the denied this fake news. Do us a favor and research articles properly and stop with the fake news and clickbait articles. I will not stop I will make sure this is known so people can be aware of the pathetic scum that you are I hope you get fired for this garbage article

  36. JD says:

    you’re all dumb

  37. John Stephano says:

    |I see this as another bomb, Just like the last Batman Vrs Superman.

    • l.lol says:

      BvS bombed? are you an idiot

      • Michael says:

        Yes, it made a lot of money…but c’mon, this was the first movie to ever feature Batman and Superman together. It was the cinematic debut of Wonder Woman. It should have been a guaranteed grand slam, home run and yet….it was outgrossed domestically by the first Guardians of the Galaxy, an assortment of random characters no one in the general public had even heard of, and it didn’t cross $1 billion.

        so yeah, compared to the returns that the studio was expecting…it was *kind of* a bomb.

      • jtsr says:

        I’ve watched BvS at least six times this year my wife thinks I’m nuts, other than message in movie to Christians to wake up these movies are all great intertainment, hell some people you ask refuse to watch because of bad reviews never take anyone’s word for anything view for yourself…

      • yronnen says:

        It didn’t “bomb”, but underperformed and underwhelmed.

  38. Twill says:

    The article says savaged.

  39. John Galt says:

    Sounds like Joss is cleaning up another Snyder mess. Still for Snyder I can’t express enough sadness at his loss.

    • John Miller says:

      It is sad why the change in directors happened. But, I am very glad that Whedon has taken over.

      • JR says:

        Obviously, for some of the comments I’m reading here, box office is more important then a good movie. To these people, the first three or four Transformers movies are better than the first few DC films. I disagree.

      • shaz says:

        You know Bob, if the avengers is laughable and pathetic. it wouldn’t made freaking 1.5 billion in box office. maybe that’s why WB doesnt care if they have to splash out 25 million for whedon to make it a better movie

      • Bob Hayood says:

        If The Avengers is laughable and pathetic, I’m curious as what you would call successful.

      • Digital Jedi says:

        And by “laughably pathetic as the Avengers”, he means people will actually like it.

      • l.lol says:

        If Whedon has truly taken over JL will be as laughably pathetic as the Avengers films

      • John Galt says:

        ME TOO

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