One of the most anticipated scenes from Zack Snyder’s upcoming Justice League is one of the few new scenes that were added to the film through new footage from last year. It’s about Ben Affleck’s Batman meeting Jared Leto’s Joker while the two sworn enemies are forced to unite by circumstances. In a recent interview, the film’s producer, Deborah Snyder, revealed that Affleck and Leto filmed their parts for the scene separately due to social distancing rules.
“What was difficult was that we only filmed for three days. We shot the Batman-Joker scene and then we did a couple of pickups. But literally no one was together. It was difficult from a scheduling point of view, and it was also hard to plan because everyone is starting to shoot again after [the lockdown]. But we were still figuring out what the restrictions were and how to do it safely. “
“But so much so that we had to film Jared and Ben on separate days because we couldn’t push filming anymore when everyone was available. Because we had to deliver the visual effects before Christmas so we could make the March date. So time definitely he wasn’t on our side, though you’d think he was. Even Ezra was filming Fantastic Beasts, and Zack had to direct him through Zoom and we had his crew cover the shot for us. “
In previous DCEU movies, the connection between this particular version of Batman and the Joker has been shown to be highly problematic. It was Joker and Harley Quinn who beat Robin to death, and in retaliation, Batman beat Joker hard enough to break all of his teeth. Robin’s death continued to haunt the Dark Knight and was responsible for his increasingly reckless behavior in Batman v. Superman. In a previous interview, Zack Snyder explained that he thought it was important for fans to have a scene that showed the intense rivalry of Batman and Joker.
“Part of the reason I really wanted to do the scene was because it felt like in this universe, it was important to me that Batman and Joker had a scene together.” And it seemed strange to me, or a shame. [we haven’t seen them together]. And frankly, it was a conflict he had planned, the Knightmare sequence. I was excited to get a chance to do it, to get a taste of it. So I thought it was important for fans to see their Batman and the Joker from this cinematic universe get into a little conflict. Yes, they have a bit of history. “
Zack Snyder’s Justice League stars Ben affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Ray Porter as Darkseid, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and JK Simmons as Commissioner Gordon. The film hits HBO Max on March 18.
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