Warner Bros.’ upcoming Justice League movie last week became the latest in a long line of major film productions to face the shroud of reshoot controversy. A widely circulated rumor consisted of the usual claims, primarily that an early cut of the film was in shambles and that heavy additional photography would be needed in a last ditch effort to salvage a final product. In a recent interview with Collider, Justice League producer Charles Roven cleared up some of the rampant rumors:
“We’re just in the post-production process. That’s where we are. We’re in the middle of it, and I think it’s pretty common knowledge that we’re going to be doing some additional photography. The complications of trying to, you know—Henry [Cavill]’s on Mission: Impossible, and our Aquaman is making Aquaman, Amy [Adams]’s doing Sharper Objects [sic]—so everybody’s busy, and it’s that crazy Rubix cube of trying to find a way of getting everybody in the place to do the work that we need to do. Which is not that vast, the amount of work that we have to do, but it’s still really complicated that everybody’s in different places around the world.”
Roven went on to add that the only additional work that had been completed at the time of the interview was facial capture for CGI characters, and that the filmmakers were still in the process of reassembling the cast for the additional planned shots.
“We haven’t done any additional photography up to this point,” Roven said. “Since we’ve wrapped, there’s been no additional photography. Since we’ve wrapped, what there was was motion capture, or what we call facial capture, so we did one round of facial capture, and another mini-round of facial capture.”
Roven said the current climate of the internet has affected the movie-making process. He said social media has made making movies more difficult because the screening process has changed. What was once a tightly controlled process has spilled out into the wider world of online conversation.
“There’s so much chatter about it, you have to be more careful,” Roven said.
Warner Bros. is no stranger to comic book movie controversy. Last year’s DC Comics feature film adaptation, Suicide Squad, also encountered similar scrutiny. That film was met with criticism, but performed well commercially. Warner Bros. is hoping for success in both regards when Justice League hits theaters later this year.
Debuting in theaters November 17, Justice League is a production of Warner Bros. Pictures directed by Zack Snyder and starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta and J. K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.