We have been speculating that the arrival of Joss Whedon on the scene as the new director of Justice League following Zack Snyder‘s departure for personal reasons will have a greater impact on the film and its tone than Warner Bros. originally let on. We theorized that Whedon was chosen to lighten up the movie following the backlash against the uber-dark Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the success of the much more positive Wonder Woman.
While we still don’t know how the movie will change after Whedon’s direction — and we likely never will — we at least have confirmation that Whedon is actually shooting all new scenes that he wrote, rather than simply doing dialogue tweaks or reshoots of existing scenes, according to Forbes contributor Mark Hughes:
The point is, most of what's being filmed is NEW footage. There are also some pickups and reshoots, but that's NOT mostly what's being done.
— Mark Hughes (@markhughesfilms) June 15, 2017
In related news, Antonius Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL, who was recently replaced by Danny Elfman as the composer of the movie’s score, released a gracious statement about his transition away from the film:
Justice League stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Willem Dafoe as the Atlantean Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as the Amazon Queen Hippolyta, Robin Wright as Antiope and J.K. Simmons as James Gordon.
Justice League explodes into theaters on November 17th!