Seems like his involvement is bigger than anyone thought.
If DCEU fans were tentative regarding Joss Whedon taking over post-production and “complicated” reshoots of Justice League from Zack Snyder, a new development may feed those worries. /Film is reporting that Whedon has scrapped Snyder’s original ending — which was supposed to end on an epic cliffhanger with Darkseid’s arrival — now tailoring reshoots to end the film “like a movie.”
The site elaborated that Snyder’s vision, which is based on Steppenwolf starting Apokolips’ invasion of Earth by collecting Mother Boxes, was slated to culminate with his master Darkseid arriving on Earth to set up the sequel. They reported that this ending “has been completely removed” and Whedon’s film “doesn’t end on a huge cliffhanger now.”
The report notes, “Steppenwolf is trying to get the Mother Boxes and he’s trying to get the Earth ready for the coming of Darkseid. And the original ending of the movie from what I understand was, he was kind of playing the Silver Surfer role, with Darkseid playing the Galactus role, and the ending of the movie was a cliffhanger and Justice League 2 was going to be Justice League vs. Darkseid… Darkseid arrives at Earth.”
Ben Affleck, who stars as Batman, recently called the process of using two directors “unorthodox” and said the end result was “an interesting product.” Actor Joe Morton (who plays Cyborg’s father) also admitted that the reshoots were done to lighten the movie’s tone. but now it could be that Whedon and his “significant reshoots” are re-configuring the plot as well, more than fans first assumed.