It was reported last month that the Justice League reshoots have been far more extensive – and expensive – than Warners initially let on. Now, we’re finding out more about writer-director Joss Whedon’s role in punching up the script and the overall tone of the movie.
Enter Joe Morton, who plays Dr Silas Stone a.k.a. the father of Cyborg. Morton, who’s best known for playing Miles Dyson in Terminator II, was asked by IGN whether there was any difference in tone during the reshoots:
“Well, the stuff that I had to do were just really small little bits and pieces, nothing necessarily having to do with tone. I know that with Ray [Fisher], the young man who plays Victor, there were some adjustments that they made in terms of the tone of that character. I think what I heard was that there was a need from the studio to lighten up the film in a way, that the film felt too dark. I don’t know what that meant in terms of how it actually got translated in terms of the reshoots but that’s what I heard. That’s what I thought some of the reshoots were about.”
Morton appears briefly in the first Justice League teaser trailer, but his comments confirm multiple reports on the kind of tone Warners is aiming for i.e. something much more in line with Avengers, which Whedon also helmed.
While it’s good to hear that the tone of DC movies will be lightened – no more movies like BvS, please – one can only hope that they don’t simply end up trying to ape Marvel. Then we’ll just end up with cooker cutter movies, and no one wants that.