Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Films are reportedly spending approximately $25 million on extensive reshoots of “Justice League” that have gone on for roughly two months in London and Los Angeles so far says multiple sources for Variety.
That’s much more substantial than the usual $6-10 million and 2-3 weeks spent on regular additional photography. A big part of the issue here is reportedly the competing schedules of the film’s stars which are prolonging the filming.
Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot reportedly aren’t working on any other projects at the moment which has allowed them to be on call, but Ezra Miller’s commitment to the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” sequel and Henry Cavill’s to “Mission: Impossible 6” is proving a problem.
‘Beasts’ is a Warners film so adjusting scheduling hasn’t been as difficult as it could be, though Miller’s more extensive role is proving an issue. Cavill’s is a problem because he had expected he would be able to finish shooting ‘Mission’ before returning as Superman. That hasn’t happened so he’s had to jump between productions.
Additionally, because of the moustache he grew for his character in ‘Mission’ and his contract which doesn’t allow him to shave it until ‘Mission’ wraps, they’ve had to film him for ‘League’ with it and then will digitally remove the fuzzy caterpillar in post-production.
On top of that, there’s the issue of accreditation. With Joss Whedon now has overseen the project for several months since Zack Snyder’s departure to spend time with his family, there have been rumors he might be up for a co-directing credit. The trade, however, says that’s not the case, but he may get a producing credit or a screenplay credit.
Whedon’s skills have come in handy for the reshoots which have reportedly been used to punch up the dialogue and build out the “connective tissue” scenes between the set pieces that Snyder has constructed and filmed which are quite “usable”.
Going forward, this might be more common as Warner Bros. has reportedly changed its greenlighting process and will now factor in extra weeks and millions of dollars of additional photography into the production budgets for all its major comic book films.