Joss Whedon is currently finishing up the upcoming DC film, and it seems like at least part of the cast has loved what he’s done so far. Batman himself Ben Affleck talks in-depth on the director’s involvement in ‘Justice League‘ since Zack Snyder’s departure.
While speaking with SFX Magazine, Affleck gave details on what Whedon has brought to film since his involvement.
“Joss just brought to the movie what good directors bring, which is good taste, a sense of what’s gonna work in the story and what isn’t. An instinct for realism and for finding the humanity in the characters and the humanity in the conflict, then making it accessible and relevant. I think that’s one of the things he did so well with Avengers, frankly. He really defined the tone, and it felt like a lot of the movies after that sort of fell into that tone that he created. It was a very tricky dance where you have all these people who can do all these fantastic things that’s completely absurd on the face of it, and yet, a good storyteller like Joss brings us in, makes us identify with them, makes them seem real, and makes it interesting. A lot of guys know the comic books, a lot of people have that knowledge base. What Joss really has is talent.”
Affleck speaks of high praise of the director, and Whedon’s work backs that up. Marvel’s ‘The Avengers‘ was not only a huge financial hit, but it gave fans what they wanted; a fun and action packed superhero team-up film. He’s already shown that he knows how to deal with a group of characters coming together for the greater good, and he’s especially great with the relationships between them. If Whedon brought all of this to the table as it seems he did, then I think it’s safe to say we may have an epic collaboration between Snyder and him come November.
Ben Affleck then goes on to say how much he admires what Whedon is able to with these types of films and how he wish could do the same.
“I wish I had the gift that he has for identifying what’s the most compelling human drama in the context of superhero conflict. But he has a very sharp mind for it. He knows exactly what he wants, almost with a surgeon’s kind of precision. He focuses in, beat by beat, on how he’s telling the story, exactly where he’ll be editorially. What the tenor of delivery of a line should be like. He gives you comfort because you feel like he has a very clear idea of what he wants, what he expects and, most importantly, what he thinks will work.”
Affleck’s comments here pretty much reveal that he wasn’t sure he could helm his own superhero film with The Batman, now to be directed by Matt Reeves. I think it’s a good sign that someone who was in a position to do what they wanted with the character, backs off because they know they can’t do the best job possible. It was probably a really tough decision, but I think the film is in good hands with ‘War for the Planet of the Apes‘ director Matt Reeves.
Source: SFX Magazine via Comicbook.com
Justice League unites its way into theaters November 17, 2017.
Justice League – Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.