Warning… We’re entering possible spoiler territory here. Continue reading at your own risk.
It’s looking more and more like the upcoming Justice League film may be in more trouble than anyone imagined. Well, that’s probably not true. Because it’s a Warner Bros./DC movie, everyone is already assuming it will be a steaming pile of crap. But I digress.
A few months ago, we reported that Zack Snyder was stepping away from directing duties and that Joss Whedon was coming in to finish up a few reshoots. We also discussed on our most recent episode of The Generic Geek Podcast how those reshoots have reportedly become quite extensive, and how they were being done in an effort to lighten up the tone of the movie. We also talked about the rumor that the reshoots include filming an entirely different ending, removing the original cliff-hanger leading me to believe that Warner Bros. and DC aren’t confident in their product.
All that being said, looking at everything that has taken place over the past few months, one would think that things couldn’t get much worse for the Justice League movie. Depending on your point of view, you might be wrong. There are new rumors floating around that Whedon’s reshoots have completely eliminated one of the characters.
Batman-On-Film’s Bill “Jett” Ramey was answering fan mail via the BOF Mailbag, and was asked how big Jesse Eisenberg’s role will be in Justice League. His response was telling.
He doesn’t have one. If he did prior to all the changes/reshoots, it was cut.
Of course, this is just one guy from one website saying this, so take it with a grain of salt; but Ramey does have a pretty good track record with these sorts of things. And considering how fans weren’t really keen of Eisnenberg in Batman v. Superman, I wouldn’t be surprised if there is truth to this. (Personally, I’m totally fine with Eisenberg’s role being cut from the movie. I hated everything about his portrayal of Lex Luthor and would welcome his removal from the DCEU. And while we’re at it, can we forget that Jared Leto’s Joker ever happened?)
While this may not seem like groundbreaking news, it does pose the question of just how big of a mess is Justice League at this point? Is it going to be a franchise killer, or will it be successful in spite of itself? Despite the efforts of everyone involved to downplay all of these rumors and sell the public on the idea that everything is fine, there sure is a lot of talk to the contrary. I guess we’ll have to wait until November 17th to find out.