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Ben Affleck addresses Zack Snyder, Joss Whedon’s influence on Justice League

“They were working toward a common goal”

After director Zack Snyder stepped back from Justice League and Joss Whedon stepped in to finish the movie, questions about what the movie will look like have plagued the internet.

Ben Affleck, who plays Batman in Justice League, spoke about Whedon’s influence on the movie, as seen above, in a video of an earlier press conference. Affleck said because most of the work on the film was completed during prep, there wasn’t much that Whedon could change when he came on to finish. Affleck said Whedon sprinkled some of his magic and voice on the film, but it didn’t alter the original picture.

“You can maybe change 10 percent, 15 percent of something on the day,” Affleck said. “Zack’s ship set sail for us ... I don’t think there’s any way to go back and say ‘that’s a Joss scene, that’s a Zack scene.’ They were working toward a common goal.”

Affleck’s comments come after co-star Ezra Miller, who plays the Flash, said Snyder was always making a more Whedon-inspired superhero movie. Miller told Fox 5 DC that the end result is a movie that Snyder was going to make all along, just with a little help from Whedon.

I definitely think it’s a realization of a cohesive vision that comes. You know, mainly from Zack, and comes from, you know, the cumulative process of the building of the DCEU. And I definitely, I feel something that reflects majorly what Zack showed me in early comic frames in a lot of the movie. What’s funny is that I think that Zack was doing a much lighter, more comedic, almost more Whedony thing, and then Joss stepped on and was fulfilling Zack’s vision. It’s an incredible instance of two artists in collaboration, and honoring each other’s work.

Testimonies from early test screenings that appeared on Twitter a couple of weeks back called Justice League much funnier than the grim Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Man of Steel. It’s reportedly much more in line with Wonder Woman’s tone.

We’ll know once and for all when Justice League is released on Nov. 17.