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In ‘Justice League,’ DC looks beyond Batman and Superman

FILE – This Nov. 3, 2017 file photo shows “Justice League” cast members Jason Momoa, from left, Ezra Miller, Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, Ray Fisher and Henry Cavill at a photo call for the film in London. The film opens on Friday. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Peace never reigns in the pages of DC Comics, nor did it in the making of the superhero team-up film “Justice League.”

Made in the wake of the disappointment surrounding its predecessor, “Batman v Superman,” ”Justice League” was, like a jetliner given new wings in midair, retooled on the fly. Warner Bros. sought to lighten the tone of Zack Snyder’s grandiose and muscle-bound DC universe — a much-publicized pivot that came just as tragedy was striking.

Snyder stepped down after “Justice League” had been shot following the death of his daughter. Joss Whedon was brought in steer the film through post-production and two months of reshoots.

Now, Warner Bros. and DC are hoping that the finished “Justice League” doesn’t show any Frankenstein-like scars from its tumultuous creation.


This story corrects spelling of Zack Snyder’s first name.