Like most, I’ve been waiting patiently for information on what when on behind-the-scenes at Warner Bros during production on Justice League.
Now The Wrap has come up with the goods.
It’s well know Justice League went through a lot of changes after the backlash against Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Some studio executives even tried to get Greg Silverman, who at the time was President at Warner Bros. to fire Snyder from Justice League.
But with the film deep into production and filming nearing its start date, Silverman who was harsh on Zack couldn’t do anything as the decision fell down to Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara who decided against it.
During filming, Snyder and Warner Bros. clashed over the amount of light and darkness was in Justice League. They wanted a more Marvel approach, like what Joss Whedon did with Avengers.
Whedon came on-board, with Snyder’s blessing to help add some fun to the script. But soon tragedy struck and Snyder had to step away after the death of his daughter. Initially Snyder was going to stay on, but due to the pressure of the studio wanting Justice League to be more Whedon-esque, it was no longer a good situation to be in.
Joss then had to decide if he would follow Snyder’s vision, or to “lighten” up the film before it’s release.
The film went back for reshoots over the summer and Henry Cavill who was filming Mission: Impossible 6 at the time, and wasn’t allowed to shave his mustache due to his contract. Instead Warner Bros. had to digitally remove it, but unfortunately for them it didn’t work out well and looked terrible on the final product.
With further set backs, it would have been the right decision by the studio to delay the films release. But due to AT&T and Time Warner merger currently in the middle of a $85 billion dollar deal, they decided not to as that they were hoping would close by the end of the year.
The reason being was greed. Kevin Tsujihara and Toby Emmerich “wanted to preserve their bonuses they would be paid before the merger,” and were worried that “if they pushed the movie, then their bonuses would have been pushed to the following year and they might not still be at the studio.”
You should really give The Wraps article a glance at, there is more details there. All I can say is Warners Bros. corporate greed and the ability to not have a game plan in place has backfired. They need to take this time between now and the release of Aquaman to get things set straight and stop rushing.
Source: The Wrap