One enjoyable cameo in Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” was that of Holt McCallany, the veteran actor who most recently has been drawing raves for his work as the co-lead in Netflix’s “Mindhunter”.
McCallany appeared in ‘Justice’ right at the start as the Gotham City perp that Ben Affleck’s Batman accosts on a rooftop before a Parademon swings by and changes Batman’s priorities. The scene has the odd laugh, but according to McCallany the original version was created by Joss Whedon during the reshoots and was much funnier – but had to be re-conceived said the studio. He tells Mens Fitness:
“I love Joss Whedon. My scene with Batman was originally conceived as a comedic scene. That’s how Joss wrote it, and that’s how we shot it. I thought it came out great, but the studio felt it would be a mistake to open the film with a completely comedic scene, so it was re-edited a little bit.
I was disappointed, but when I got home to New York I found a bottle of my favorite Champagne and a note from Joss that said ‘To Battles Lost. Gratefully, Joss.’ I can’t tell you how much it meant to me that he took the time to write to me. Joss Whedon is a class act. I had the letter framed.
It was fun to fight Batman, even if I lost. In some of the takes, my character fights back a little more but with no success. I have my own fight style based on techniques I’ve learned over many years of boxing and working in films, and I got to use that here. In this case, it’s fighting a superhero, so it’s tougher. Batman can do a lot of things other guys can’t do. It was a great experience, and a fun scene to shoot. Ben [Affleck] was very easygoing, we got it in just a few takes.
My favorite fight scenes are usually ones that are choreographed with some style to them, and ones that are choreographed around a particular actor’s individual strengths. The old adage in the fight game is ‘styles make fights.’ I like to design my own fight choreography in conjunction with my director and stunt coordinator whenever possible, and here it was a great way to be a part of the film, even though I got beat by Batman.”
Meanwhile the petition on change.org to release Zack Snyder’s version of “Justice League” is reportedly nearing 100,000 signatures. Also today Creative agency Blind ltd, which specialises in designing user interfaces, has released a visual effects reel that showcases their work on Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” which includes Cyborg’s internal interface, Bruce Wayne’s database, The Flash’s lair, S.T.A.R. Labs’ tools and more.