When Joss Whedon stepped in to the directors chair to help finish production on Justice League after Zack Snyder had to depart due to family issues, it raised the question of how big of a role Whedon would have on the final product, especially after he was in charge of important reshoots that have been kept mysteriously under wraps.
It’s now been confirmed that Whedon will receive an official writing credit on the film. How much of Whedon’s work on the script, and how much of Snyder and co-writer Chris Terrio‘s material remains, is still yet to be seen.
It’s not clear how big Whedon’s involvement on the page and behind the camera truly is, but it’s a fair bet that we’ll be seeing a different Justice League film than we would have if Snyder had not been forced to step away. It might be a question never to be fully answered, now that Whedon, Snyder and Terrio will all be credited as writers on the film.
Snyder and Whedon are very different directors and writers, the former preferring a darker palette and more thematic storytelling while the latter is much more interested in retaining the comic book essence of the recent superhero films he has worked on.
So it may be possible to see where the film differs in tone at points, but let’s just hope it’s not an instance of too many cooks, even if the reason for multiple writers and directors is down to a horrific tragedy.
Justice League arrives in cinemas Friday, November 17.