For the millionth time, the plot thickens. A couple of months ago, Zack Snyder stepped away from the Justice League project due to the tragic passing of his daughter. Joss Whedon was hired to (apparently) captain the ship during the post-production stages of the shoot, only. However, since then, there have been many reports and rumours that suggest otherwise.
In this weeks edition of, “WTF is going on at DCEU,” Slash Film reports that Whedon completely scrapped Zack Snyder’s original cliffhanger ending. Originally, Justice League was meant to be two parts, shot back to back. Justice League Part 1, was supposed to end on a cliffhanger with the arrival of Steppenwolf’s master, Darkseid. However, after Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad’s critical failure and Wonder Woman‘s critical and box office success, Warner Bros decided to take a step back, reevaluate the DCEU landscape and change its course. Hence, Joss Whedon’s reshoots include completely changing the ending of Justice League. Justice League Part 2 is currently removed from Warner Bros’ slate.
That’s not all, though. Perhaps the most intriguing piece of information we received this week was released by Batman on Film. Here’s what writer Bill Ramey had to say:
I’ve been saying since June 2nd of this year, the JL reshoots and the resulting changes being made to the film are significant. 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.
The keyword here is “unwatchable.” While Snyder’s previous film Batman V Superman isn’t anywhere near good, it was definitely not unwatchable, not to me at least. There were some bright sparks in that movie, especially when you watch the Ultimate Cut. “Unwatchable” is a strong word, and one can only wonder what monstrosity Zack Snyder churned out.
With that said, it’s important to note than Batman on Film writer Bill Ramey did not disclose who his sources are, and therefore everything mentioned should be taken with a grain of salt.