Cyborg Brings The Funny And The Justice League Gets A New Ending. No Need To Panic.
It seems that every negative thought we had about how much the Justice League could suck might be 100% accurate. Rumors are coming out that Zack Snyder's version of the film was “unwatchable”, which does indeed mean that Joss Whedon's reshoots are on the massive side.
First up, during a recent interview with IGN, Joe Morton who plays Dr. Silas Stone aka Victor's father/Cyborg's creator, and revealed that part of the reshoots do indeed focus on changing the tone of the mostly metal man.
So, Cyborg was a bit robotic in the trailer and apparently people complained about that. If anyone's character should've been beefed up to bring the laughs, the Flash and Aquaman stand out as the obvious choices. It's hard to imagine a wisecracking Cyborg, being that he is part alien robot and arguably should be pretty humorless. Maybe the people in charge are huge fans of Teen Titans Go!. *Admittedly, I am as well*
Moving right along, according to the Slash Film, along with a lighter tone, the Justice League is also getting a new ending under Joss Whedon's watchful eye. The report says the original ending was supposed be a cliffhanger that would see Darkseid arrive on Earth to take on the League in JL2, but now that's been scrapped as they want to keep the first "BIG" bad of the larger DCEU shrouded in mystery.
So, in order to downplay Darkseid, the plan is to beef up Steppenwolf's role in the film and part of that involves Wonder Woman star Robin Wright. Antiope will return to the DCEU as part of a flashback that will show more of Steppenwolf's origin, making him a bigger threat in JL1. That actually makes sense. Arguably, even lightening the tone and having Cyborg crack a few dry jokes makes sense in an odd way, but still the lingering doubt about how good the Justice League will be remains.
Remember the last time WB changed the ending of a DC movie during reshoots? It was Suicide Squad, for those unaware. The original ending featured Leto Joker surprise attacking the Squad as they fought Enchantress, which sounds OK, but they still felt the need to film a new one and we all know how "amazing" the new ending turned out to be...
You have to wonder why it took the powers that be at Warner Bros. so long into the production process to make these changes. It sounds like ole Joss really had a lot more on his plate than simple reshoots, and while he is the right man for the job of lightening the tone and making the film more fun, it's likely he was brought in too late in the game. WB really needs to figure out the magic formula.
Fear not though nerds, because there's still hope for the DCEU as a whole. As previously discussed, the new guiding forces of the DCEU are Joss Whedon and Geoff Johns, so things in the DCEU can only improve and don't forget that the duo does have the upcoming Flashpoint movie to fix anything that needs fixing.