Things just don’t seem to be getting any easier for Warner Bros and it’s floundering DC Extended Universe after the movie studio orders extensive reshoots for it’s upcoming Justice League blockbuster.
Reshoots in Hollywood aren’t exactly unheard of, especially for major projects such as Justice League – the average blockbuster normally sees a couple of weeks worth, costing roughly between $5 million and $10 million. However Justice League’s reshoots have spanned over 2 months already and have seen studio bosses allocate an additional $25 million to the already expensive production budget.
So what could be the reason behind these reshoots? Honestly, it could be one of several reasons.
Following on from the recent success of Wonder Woman, Warner Bros is determined to keep it’s DC Extended Universe on track after a rocky start to life with the disappointing performances of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. So considering Justice League is the crown jewel in Warner Bros DCEU, perhaps extensive reshoots are just an expensive precaution to ensure the project is as successful as possible when released worldwide later this year.
On the other hand though, with Zack Snyder being forced to step back from production due to personal family reasons, and with Avengers visionary Joss Whedon lending his expertise to help complete the movie, perhaps the reshoots are just Whedon’s way of adding his personal stamp on the blockbuster and cleaning up any lose ends.
Whatever the reason it’s caused havoc for some members of the cast, who’ve been forced to work these extensive reshoots into their already packed schedule. Henry Cavill, who steps back into Superman’s shoes once again, has been forced to film additional scenes with a fully grown moustache – something the visual effects team have worked tirelessly to remove digitally.
Justice League, which sees Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg team up for the first time, hits cinemas worldwide from November.