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There’s a great “what if” documentary to be made about Warner Bros.’ 2017 Justice League movie someday. Until that day, we’ll have to settle for little dribbles of information here and there about what, exactly, went down behind-the-scenes. Today a big piece of that puzzle arrived, as director Zack Snyder himself spoke a bit about his original plans for Justice League and why they were changed.
To recap, Snyder launched the “DC Extended Universe” with his gritty 2013 Superman reboot Man of Steel, which was followed up by the 2016 blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Batman v Superman pushed the gritty aesthetic even further, presenting a harsh and unforgiving take on the titular superheroes as flawed mythic figures, but when it opened in theaters on March 25, 2016, audiences and critics were somewhat taken aback. Critical response was negative, and while the film grossed a solid $873.6 million worldwide, to Warner Bros. that was a disappointing number considering this movie teamed up the two most iconic superheroes in history for the first time on the big screen.
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This posed a major problem for Justice League, which was due to start production less than a month after Batman v Superman hit theaters. Indeed, WB put all its chips on Snyder’s take on the DC characters, and quickly became concerned by the response to Batman v Superman, concluding that Justice League needed a course correction. From there, the film’s production went forward as planned, albeit with the script having been reworked.
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By May of 2017, Snyder had stepped down as director to tend to a personal matter, although rumors have since swirled that perhaps Snyder was out of the director’s chair earlier than that for purely creative reasons. Warner Bros. brought in Joss Whedon to oversee reshoots and post-production, and...
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