Movie reshoots are becoming less of a normal thing and more of something to be deeply concerned about. Oftentimes, studios would have reshoots set in place to work out some of the issues of the film. But now it looks like it’s casting more doubt than an assurance that the film will be good. Case in point, Justice League. The highly anticipated film made a huge splash recently when WB debuted the newest trailer at SDCC. However, it was then met with criticism for looking more like a video game than an actual film. Even worse, details about WB working on Zack and Deborah Snyder‘s exit from the DCEU were revealed. Then there were the reshoots that called for star Henry Cavill’s mustache to be digitally erased.
Now there is a new report that says Cyborg’s (Ray Fisher) tone had to be fixed and a new rumor that says the film is completely unwatchable. They both may speak to why Joss Whedon was called in to fix some of the issues with the script. More on the story below.
Speaking to IGN, Joe Morton, who plays Vic Stone’s (aka Cyborg) father, says the character’s tone had to be adjusted to be lighter. While Cyborg’s origins are indeed tragic, apparently the studio execs felt the film as a whole was too dark.
>“I know that with Ray [Fisher], the young man who plays Victor, there were some adjustments that they made in terms of the tone of that character. I think what I heard was that there was a need from the studio to lighten up the film in a way, that the film felt too dark. I don’t know what that meant in terms of how it actually got translated in terms of the reshoots but that’s what I heard. That’s what I thought some of the reshoots were about.”
We really haven’t seen much of Cyborg, to begin with, so we don’t know what kind of adjustments were made. The most we’ve seen was in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice where Morton was attempting to save his son’s life before resorting to put a mother box in front of his son, which then infused him with the powers of the alien technology.
So making Cyborg’s story a little less tragic speaks to the studio’s aim to make the DCEU lighter. We saw plenty of that in Wonder Woman, which brought a sense of hope to the world and to the DCEU. So you’d think with Whedon coming in to direct the remainder of Justice League and fix the script, it would help steer the movie in the right direction.
But according to new rumors, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Batman-On-Film (via The Playlist) says an early cut of the film is “unwatchable.” Here’s the full quote:
“These reshoots – which are still taking place – are not standard pick-ups/additional photography. Why? Apparently, an early cut of the film was deemed “unwatchable.” Thus, substantial changes to the film were ordered.”
Maybe “reshoots” are an exaggeration. Or maybe not. Reshoots usually take one to two weeks, on average. But it stands to reason that there is some truth to it considering that these reshoots are taking place so close to the film’s release. These reshoots are reportedly costing up to $25 million, and WB has to pony up the cast to digitally remove Cavill’s mustache for which he couldn’t shave off because his role in Mission: Impossible 6 requires him to have one.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes — Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash -— it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League opens in theaters on November 17, 2017.
[Source: IGN | Batman-On-Film via The Playlist]