How Much Of The Film’s Footage Will Be What Snyder Shot?
While that’s all well and good, what most people are wondering is how much of Snyder’s footage is being left in the final cut. On that topic, Hughes says that what we’ll see in the film when we watch it in theatres is mostly what was shot under Zack’s direction – which is reassuring to hear.
They haven’t said ‘oh, we need to add additional – we need to do a whole bunch more,’ or anything like that at this point, so, the footage and the amount of footage in the film, as of right now, the majority of the footage that you’re going to see on the screen is still the footage that was previously shot during principal photography… I know I’ve seen people worried and say ‘why is it taking so long,’ it’s because this is post – this is reshooting and filming that requires people’s schedules to line up, getting things in order, so it has not been as easy as they expected it to be when this was all being planned months ago.”
Finally, Hughes stressed that what’s being filmed right now is not going to make up “the majority of the movie” or even be a big part of it:
“…it’s mostly new footage, the reshoots – and some people insist the terminology doesn’t matter and that “reshoots” is common, well no, the terminology does matter to people that make movies and know what these things are, and it matters if you’re saying something’s a “reshoot” when it’s not a reshoot – that matters, but to the extent that that’s just a technicality, the shoots and reshoots combined that are happening and then the also pickups to fill some stuff in is not going to be the majority of the film and it’s not going to be some huge vast portion of the movie. “
As always, Warner Bros. has kept quiet on the matter and so, all we can do right now is speculate about what’s really going on with these reshoots. While what Hughes says is sound and makes sense, we did see hints of Whedon coming through in that recent Comic-Con trailer. Though how much of the director’s influence is ultimately felt in the actual film obviously remains to be seen.
We’re certainly alright with having a bit of Joss’ vision sprinkled in, and that’s to be expected, but like many fans, we’re hoping that the final cut remains a Zack Snyder production. Love him or loathe him, he’s largely responsible for birthing the DCEU and this being the franchise’s most important film to date, we’re hoping that the studio hasn’t just turned their back on him now that he’s stepped down. Plus, while his work might prove divisive and controversial at times, there’s no denying that the man has one of the most visually striking styles in modern cinema – heck, he can even count James Cameron as a fan of his efforts.
One way or another, we’ll find out soon enough whose film this ultimately turns out to be, as Justice League zooms into theaters on November 17th. Further down the pipeline, Warner Bros. has also reserved space on its slate for Aquaman, Wonder Woman 2 and Shazam, the latter of which is eyeing a production start in early 2018. Word is that an April 2019 release is on the cards, but one way or another, there’s no place for Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam.