Last week while I was immersing myself in college football goodness, I still paid attention to what was going on with social media concerning the latest argument and round of nonsense being levied at the DC Extended Universe. Apparently, people are still making an issue out of how much Joss Whedon has actually contributed to the Justice League script and production process thanks to a report that Whedon is getting a screenwriter's credit for the movie.
Good. He SHOULD get one. He was brought in by Zack Snyder before he stepped down to help with rewrites, which again is a process that almost every movie ever made has gone through and will continue to go through. Is that a problem?
Well, it depends on who is telling the story because the narrative that Whedon was brought in to essentially "fix" Justice League and reshoot almost all of it within the span of two months is still going strong according to some who just won't let it go, while others who know that is logistically not the case are busily attacking that silly idea and defending the notion that Whedon was brought in for minor changes only to Snyder's original plan.
So I will ask the question that no one else seems to be asking: WHY do we care about this? At all?
From the beginning, we have known from Snyder's interview with The Hollywood Reporter himself that Whedon was brought in to write additional scenes for the movie:
This was all part of the big exclusive the day that it happened and is one of the few times I have seen a THR article actually use direct quotes from the primary source lately. Yet, this all seems to have been forgotten and cast aside for whatever reason by EVERYONE in regards to what Whedon is actually doing with Justice League. I do mean everyone here. The people that claim he has been rewriting and reshooting the entire movie think this is just PR spin, and the people who believe the report are still worried that it's part of some thinly veiled plot to oust Snyder from the DCEU. The thing is, if he were actually being ousted then he would have been fired by now, like Kathleen Kennedy did with Phil Lord and Chris Miller with three weeks to go on the Han Solo movie principal photography. Many have already cited WB for "terrible public relations" since they haven't fully come out and responded to every piece of clickbait that is written about the DCEU. If their PR is so bad, why would they keep Snyder around to keep his fans happy when they actually want to get rid of him? The answer is that they don't want to get rid of him and everything written in that initial THR piece should be considered, especially since it's Snyder and WB that actually said it in the first place.
So again, knowing all of this, WHY do we care about how much involvement Whedon has had in Justice League's script or production? We know Snyder brought him in, we know he's been directing the reshoots and we know that they have been significant. How significant they have been shouldn't matter......unless you are looking for a reason to argue about it.
More than one outlet has claimed the following on social media: "If Justice League fails, it's Snyder's fault but if it succeeds then clearly Whedon saved it." The truth about that statement is that it has nothing to do with Justice League whatsoever. It has everything to do with being petty and immature jackwagons about either Zack Snyder or Joss Whedon. A person that makes a statement about who either ruins or saves a movie is not interested in watching the movie at all. They are only interested in passing judgment on those involved in the process of making it. So I would argue that anyone who believes that Justice League is either ruined by Zack Snyder or saved by Joss Whedon isn't a fan of the movie at all and is only interested in using the movie as a vehicle to either slam Snyder or praise Whedon.
The same goes with this argument over how much Whedon has changed the movie. At the end of the day, if you are truly a fan of the Justice League and want to ultimately see a good movie then that's what you are going to be focusing on; the movie itself, not the people that are involved with making it. Even if you think that knowing who is involved is good information that you need to know about the production, it's still information that only serves that purpose AFTER you have seen the movie, not before. Without seeing the movie, you don't know if you are going to like it or not and you won't truly know until you have actually seen it. Only then can you use the information of who made it to your advantage and form an opinion about what that particular person did, if you care at all about what they did. We all have different tastes and styles and there's a solid chance that Justice League won't appeal to all of them. No movie ever does, but to be this concerned about how large of an impact Whedon has made on it before even seeing it completely negates the potential of actually enjoying the movie, because you're already looking for someone to blame for you not liking it. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Again, we find ourselves the victims of the long-term effect of too much information, like Denzel Washington spoke about some time ago. Whenever these reports from "sources say" or "insiders" come out and get everyone's emotions running high on either side of the debate, ultimately we all lose sight of the true goal which in this case is a great Justice League movie. We may in fact be in store for that come November 17, but a lot of us are already poisoning our own perceptions of it by indulging in these speculations and assumptions based on the information that is presented to us. The bottom line is that Whedon should be getting a screenwriter's credit because he has contributed to the screenplay of the movie. How much he has contributed and how much of a credit he gets is not something we should be worried about unless we are only interested in arguing about Justice League instead of actually watching it to see if we truly enjoy it or not.