When Zack Snyder left the post-production process of Justice League due to a family tragedy, Avengers director Joss Whedon took over at the last minute, to oversee reshoots and wrap up the film. At first it seemed as though Whedon’s input would be fairly minimal, but this week Warner Bros. announced that Joss Whedon will receive an official credit on the film… as a screenwriter.
Original Justice League screenwriter Chris Terrio (Argo, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) is still credited as the film’s co-writer, and Terrio will share the film’s “Story By” credit with Zack Snyder (via Coming Soon). But it’s not easy to get a co-writing credit on a movie, especially after principle photography has been completed, and Joss Whedon’s screenwriting credit does imply that his contribution to the superhero team-up movie is genuinely substantial.
These kinds of last-minute changes to a film can easily make fans anxious, and for a variety of reasons. Zack Snyder’s approach to the DC superheroes is very distinctive and, amongst many audience members, extremely popular. Indeed, Zack Snyder’s grandiose approach to films like Man of Steel and Batman v Superman have been praised, or at least appreciated, for being very different to the approach that Marvel took to films like The Avengers… which was directed and co-written by Joss Whedon.
This news comes at a controversial time for Joss Whedon, whose wife recently published disturbing accusations about the director’s fidelity and his behavior towards women at his productions.
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