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Justice League was always going to be a massive endeavor. Warner Bros.’ superteam tentpole crosses three of the studios’ major franchises and backdoor-pilots a few more, bringing together blockbuster protagonists Batman and Wonder Woman with future solo-film stars Aquaman, Cyborg, and the Flash. But in May, in the midst of reshoots, the film lost director Zack Snyder, who stepped back from his role in the film. The studio announced that the reshoots would be overseen by Joss Whedon, the Avengers director who had recently universe-jumped to DC to begin work on his Batgirl project.
“It’s a little bit unorthodox,” admits Ben Affleck, who will reprise the role of Batman in Justice League. “Zack had a family tragedy, and stepped off, which was horrible. For the movie, the best person we could’ve possibly found was Joss. We got really lucky that he stepped in.” Affleck, who helmed the Best Picture-winning Argo, describes the resulting film as “an interesting product of two directors, both with kind of unique visions, both with really strong takes. I’ve never had that experience before making a movie. I have to say, I really love working with Zack, and I really love the stuff we’ve done with Joss.”
In conversation with EW, Affleck also brushed off rumors that the Justice League reshoots indicated problems with the film. “I’ve never worked on a movie that didn’t do reshoots,” Affleck says. “Argo, we did reshoots for a week and a half! Four days on Gone Baby Gone!” And though the studio hasn’t said anything official about Affleck’s future as Batman, the actor is confident that Justice League reflects the best ambitions of the DC Extended Universe. “This is a really nice time to work in DC. They’re hitting their stride. They’re getting it right. It’s starting to feel like it’s really working.”