With the recent release of the Zack Snyder cut of Justice League, viewers have been given a rare glimpse into the video editing and production decisions made by Joss Whedon, who was brought in to complete the original movie.
While directors have been ousted from productions before, it's not exactly common to have two separate versions of the same film released, so fans have been quick to break down the key differences between the two.
• Read more: Best streaming services (opens in new tab)
While there are plenty of obvious video editing (opens in new tab) differences in the HBO Max (opens in new tab) version, such as aspect ratio, color grading and CGI (Superman's upper lip is much less creepy (opens in new tab) now!), TikTok users have identified a few key differences that don't paint Joss Whedon in a particularly good light.
TikTok (opens in new tab) user @yannisnerdverse (opens in new tab) has posted a video showing a scene involving a conversation between Wonder Woman and Batman. While the Snyder recut (which was the originally shot footage) simply shows a standard shot of Bruce talking to Diana, the Whedon footage inexplicably includes a gratuitous shot of her butt to accompany Bruce's face in the frame.
@yannisnerdverse (opens in new tab)
Joss Whedon Snyder Cut Reshoot ##snydercut ##justiceleague ##wonderwoman ##galgadot ##batman♬ Monkeys Spinning Monkeys - Kevin MacLeod (opens in new tab)
Whether or not the scene was reshot solely to introduce this angle, or it was simply an opportunistic after thought, many fans have reacted poorly to seeing this treatment of Wonder Woman's character.
TikTok user @0rest4wycked (opens in new tab) also posted a video on the topic, commenting, "Can you imagine doing a movie with a director and having a new director come on and add new scenes and every new scene that director adds degrades your character in some way. The Snyder cut had far less panning shots of Wonder Woman's ass… [In Joss Whedon's version we see] insert scene where Superman beats the hell out of Wonder Woman. Insert scene where Aquaman goes through the entire team and says, 'you're valuable', 'you're valuable', 'you, Wonder Woman, are hot'."
These TikTok users aren't the only ones who have noticed differences in the way the Wonder Woman character was treated between the two cuts. Popular culture website CBR noted that (opens in new tab) there were many dubious shots that had been added in by Joss Whedon, "There are at least half a dozen upskirt shots of Diana in Joss Whedon’s Justice League alone in her scenes as Diana as well as her action sequences as Wonder Woman. In fact, no action scene in Justice League is complete without its gratuitous body shots of her thighs, butt, or cleavage."
It's worth remembering that there was a backlash against the gratuitous lingering shots of Wonder Woman's body in 2017 when the film first came out. However, the release of the Snyder cut has made it clear exactly who decided to include this shots – and has also made the intentions pretty clear as well. The swift and vehement fan reaction against Joss Whedon's, let's face it, pretty creepy additions just shows how powerful a few individual filmmaking decisions can be.
Ultimately, Whedon's upskirt shots and video editing decisions did absolutely nothing to further the story (or distract from a boring and unnecessarily complicated plot). However, what they have done is expose what his priorities are as a director. It's probably pretty safe to say that we won't see another Joss Whedon DC movie again…
Best VPN (opens in new tab)
Best video editing laptop (opens in new tab)
Best video editing software (opens in new tab)
Best camera for TikTok (opens in new tab)
Best TikTok lights (opens in new tab)
Best streaming services (opens in new tab)
Best LED light panels (opens in new tab)
Best video lights (opens in new tab)
Best cinema cameras (opens in new tab)
Best 4K camera for video (opens in new tab)
24fps video comes to the Canon EOS RP (opens in new tab)