Those reshoots for Justice League? Not only are there a lot of them, they’re also very expensive.
According to a new report from Variety, Warner Brothers has spent two months and anywhere up to $25M on the reshoots needed for Justice League. Apparently, the majority of the shots needed were the connective tissue between the big action set pieces. The action will still be Zack Snyder’s footage with Joss Whedon trying to punch up how we get from fight to fight.
For those who may not remember, Snyder stepped down from completing the film following his daughter’s suicide in March and personally picked Whedon to complete the project.
Part of the issue the production has run into is there were never plans for this much additional shooting. The studio lucked out that Ben Affleck (Batman) and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) have both had a gap in their schedules. Ezra Miller (Flash) is currently working on the second Fantastic Beasts film for the same studio, so making him available has been easy. The big issue has been with Henry Cavill (Superman) who is currently filming Mission Impossible 6 for Paramount.
Cavill is in full production on another project at a rival studio, so making it work has been tricky. Additionally, Cavill grew a mustache for the role and the studio will not let him shave it off meaning WB will need to digitally erase it.
Speaking as someone who grew up around the costume and makeup industry, this is a totally made up reason by Paramount. It would be far easier and cheaper to make Cavill a fake mustache to match then WB having to digitally erase it frame by frame. Any professional makeup artist could whip up a crepe hair mustache to match in about 20 minutes and it would be a perfect replica.
But I digress.
Not in the Variety report, but circulating widely is scuttlebutt that WB is also using this time to massively increase Wonder Woman’s presence in the film. Considering her solo film just became the top grossing film domestically this summer, that isn’t a huge surprise. Does it serve the story, however, is the bigger question.
Justice League hits theaters on Nov. 17.
Source: Variety .