Justice League Too Dark For Warner Bros., Studio Trying To Lighten It With Reshoots


The ongoing Justice League reshoots have fuelled heated debate online – no thanks to Henry Cavill’s Mission: Impossible 6 mustache, we might add – and while there have been a few reports here and there in regards to what exactly the studio’s hoping to fix, it appears that the character of Cyborg is one thing that Warner Bros. isn’t too happy about.

Arguably the least well known of the titular team members, it’s important for the film to get his portrayal right, especially if plans for his solo outing are still in place, but according to a new report, some adjustments need to be made. Joe Morton, who plays Dr. Silas Stone (Victor Stone/Cyborg’s father), recently sat down for an interview with IGN and opened up about the reshoots, saying that the tone of the hero needed to be adjusted.

“Well, the stuff that I had to do were just really small little bits and pieces, nothing necessarily having to do with tone. 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.

Morton continued on to say that the film, as it stood after shooting had wrapped, was too dark for Warner Bros. and in addition to tweaking Cyborg, the reshoots are also aiming to lighten things up a bit.

I think what I heard was that there was a need from the studio to lighten up the film in a way, that the film felt too dark. I don’t know what that meant in terms of how it actually got translated in terms of the reshoots but that’s what I heard. That’s what I thought some of the reshoots were about.”

Unfortunately, Morton didn’t know much more, or just couldn’t spill anything else, but it sounds like there’s still quite a bit of work left to be done on Justice League to make sure it’s up to the studio’s standards on all counts. And while some may take these reports to be concerning, it’s good to hear that Warner Bros. is catching these problems now before release and is working diligently to fix them.

Justice League swoops into theaters on November 17th, when Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon’s ensemble flick will become the fifth entry into the DC Extended Universe to date. But can it channel the blistering success of Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman movie? Or will it struggle to overcome the hurdles and production woes that befell Suicide Squad? Time will tell.

Beyond 2017, and aside from locking down a late 2019 release date for Wonder Woman 2, Warner Bros. has been coy about its future plans for the DCEU, but there have been rumblings that David Sandberg’s Shazam movie – a film that is seemingly much more light-heartened when compared to the rest of WB’s superhero output – is next in line to enter production ahead of its debut in the early stages of 2019.