Rumors are still swirling around Warner Bros. “Justice League,” which has spent millions on reshoots for the DC juggernaut film. The reshoots have dragged on for two months and have caused some amusing clashes with fellow studios. The latest rumored impetus for the extra filming may be a lighter storyline for superhero Cyborg, according to Joe Morton (“Scandal”).
In an interview with IGN, Morton, who portrays Dr. Silas Stone (Cyborg’s father) said the reshoots were to “lighten up the film,” as “the film felt too dark’ to Warner Bros. execs. He told IGN, “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.” He went on to say he believed livening up the film was the reason for the reshoots.
If this rumor’s true, Warner Bros. and DC are wisely attempting to avoid a repeat of recent history. The dark themes behind DC’s “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” were one of the many reasons the film was a critical and box office flop; the film made history with a 69% decline in sales just a week after its opening. The film went on to receive a 29% “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Morton was also brought in during the reshoots with Joss Whedon (“Avengers”), who’s finishing up “Justice League” for original director Zack Snyder; Snyder left the project after principal photography was completed due to a family tragedy. Morton noted that his reshoots were small adjustments, which shouldn’t affect the overall portrayal of his character.
Morton wasn’t the only “Justice League” actor to comment on the reshoots. Ben Affleck (“Gone Girl”), who currently plays Batman in the DC universe, recently commented on working with both directors for “Justice League.” He told EW:
“[Justice League] is an interesting product of two directors, both with kind of unique visions, both with really strong takes…I have to say, I really love working with Zack, and I really love the stuff we’ve done with Joss.”
Affleck also went on to dismiss rumors of problems with the film, pointing out that most films do reshoots, and threw support behind Warner Bros. and DC. “This is a really nice time to work in DC. They’re hitting their stride. They’re getting it right. It’s starting to feel like it’s really working.”
“Justice League” premieres Nov. 17. Watch the official trailer below.