One of the drawbacks of following the production of a movie and learning that 2 directors have helped bring the film to life is an audience may question throughout the movie which scenes were directed by which director. In Justice League, Holt McCallany had revealed that the opening scene in which Batman beats up a criminal and is interrupted by a Parademon was directed by Joss Whedon.
“I love Joss Whedon. My scene with Batman was originally conceived as a comedic scene. That’s how Joss wrote it, and that’s how we shot it,” the actor told Men’s Fitness. “I thought it came out great, but the studio felt it would be a mistake to open the film with a completely comedic scene, so it was re-edited a little bit. I was disappointed, but when I got home to New York I found a bottle of my favorite Champagne and a note from Joss that said, ‘To Battles Lost. Gratefully, Joss., I can’t tell you how much it meant to me that he took the time to write to me. Joss Whedon is a class act. I had the letter framed.”
Director Zack Snyder has built himself a reputation for creating dark movies and so when he had departed from Justice League and Joss Whedon stepped in, fans were very curious about how Whedon’s comedic tone will mesh with Snyder’s scenes. McCallany’s comments say that it has become a balancing act:
The tone of the scene may have seemed intense but the actor has shared that shooting the sequence was light-hearted.
“It was a great experience, and a fun scene to shoot. Ben [Affleck] was very easygoing, we got it in just a few takes,” the actor confessed. “My favorite fight scenes are usually ones that are choreographed with some style to them, and ones that are choreographed around a particular actor’s individual strengths. The old adage in the fight game is ‘styles make fights.’ I like to design my own fight choreography in conjunction with my director and stunt coordinator whenever possible, and here it was a great way to be a part of the film—even though I got beat by Batman.”
The scene might have been very brief, but McCallany is not giving up hope about yet another DCEU appearance.
“It was a small part, but you never what can happen in these films,” he pointed out. “My character doesn’t die, so who knows? He had some good rapport with Batman, so it could be laying some groundwork for another appearance down the line, which would be exciting.”
Justice League is currently in theaters.