Meanwhile, At The Hall Of Justice…

Reshoots almost always happen on big-budget tentpole films. They are a fact of the process. But from the outset of Justice League’s production, there have been rumors of constant tinkering along the way, shifting the tone of the film from the dour Batman v Superman to… something lighter. With director Zack Snyder needing to step away from the production due to personal tragedy, Joss Whedon has stepped in for what was originally described as post-production work, but now looks to be including… reshoots.

To be fair, these were planned beforehand, and if Snyder could have helmed them, he would have. From a fan perspective, though, the success of Wonder Woman proves that Snyder’s visual tone can be married to something less operatic and more heartfelt, and that should be the direction DC Films pursues. (Also less chaotic than, say, Suicide Squad, which was clearly shot, reshot, and Deadshot.)

The reshoots have been confirmed in super fashion by Superman himself, Henry Cavill, through Instagram. And he’s done a little research… or as J. Dobbs Rosa points out, a little cut-and-pasting…

Hi Everyone! I’ve been doing some Super Ruminations because this month is the 79th anniversary of Superman in Action Comics and thought it fitting to pass on this little fact. Who knew eh?? In January 1933, Jerry Siegel wrote a short story titled “The Reign of the Superman”, which was illustrated by his friend Joe Shuster and self-published in a science fiction magazine. It told the story of a bald villain with telepathic powers. Trying to create a character they could sell to newspaper syndicates,Siegel re-conceived the “superman” character as a powerful hero, sent to our world from a more advanced society. He and Shuster developed the idea into a comic strip, which they pitched unsuccessfully. National Publications was looking for a hit to accompany their success with Detective Comics, and did not have time to solicit new material. Because of the tight deadline, editor Vin Sullivan was forced to make it out of inventory and stockpile pages. Sullivan asked former coworker Sheldon Mayer if he could help. Mayer found the rejected Superman comic strips, and Sullivan told Siegel and Shuster that if they could paste them into 13 comic book pages, he would buy them. #SuperRuminations #Superman #ActionComics

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In addition to running Fanboy Planet, Derek has written for ActionAce, Daily Radar, Once Upon A Dime, and The Wave. He has contributed stories to Arcana Comics (The Greatest American Hero) and Monsterverse Comics (Bela Lugosi’s Tales from the Grave). He performs with ComedySportz San Jose and ShakesBEERience, in addition to occasional screenwriting and acting jobs. If you ever played Eric’s Ultimate Solitaire on the Macintosh, it was Derek’s voice as The Weasel that urged you to play longer. Email him at editor@fanboyplanet.com.