Ezra Miller Did Snyder Cut Reshoots On Fantastic Beasts

Justice League director Zack Snyder reveals he directed Ezra Miller for reshoots via Zoom while Miller was on the Fantastic Beasts set.

Ezra Miller did reshoots for Justice League’s Snyder Cut while on the Fantastic Beasts 3 set. When the Snyder Cut was officially announced back in May of this year, it was reported the main cast would not be returning for additional photography. However, that turned out to be untrue, as Snyder is currently conducting some reshoots for the project. Ben Affleck and Ray Fisher are among those coming back for the pickups, reprising their roles of Batman and Cyborg, respectively.

As exciting it is to see parts of the Justice League cast reunite, not everyone involved with the film was readily available for reshoots. For instance, Ezra Miller (who plays Barry Allen/The Flash) is busy working on the upcoming Fantastic Beasts 3, which started production in September. Since Miller’s in London, he can’t be on Snyder’s Justice League set, but the director found creative ways to get his shots when he needed additional footage of the actor.

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In an interview with Beyond the Trailer, Snyder explained how he was able to direct Miller for Justice League reshoots via Zoom, with the Fantastic Beasts crew doing the filming.

“I had to get a pickup shot of Ezra when we were doing this little bit. He’s on Fantastic Beasts and that’s in London and we weren’t gonna travel to London, unfortunately. I would love to have done that. So what we did is we picked him up on a Zoom. The Fantastic Beasts crew… I sent them these drawings to be like, ‘OK this is what he has to do, this is where he is, blah blah blah.’… I’m here [Snyder’s home office] and he’s on his little set. There were three monitors for me so I could see the set, and I could see Ezra, and I could see the camera.”

Since both Justice League and Fantastic Beasts 3 are Warner Bros. projects, it was likely easy for the studio to accommodate this. In the same interview, Snyder mentioned he’s adding only about five minutes of footage via the pickups, so it seems like whatever work Miller needed to do for Justice League wasn’t too time-consuming, which also helps. Regardless, it’s a nice gesture on the part of the Fantastic Beasts crew to take part of their day to give Snyder a hand. This anecdote calls to mind the time Colin Trevorrow had Rian Johnson shoot something for his eventually-cancelled Star Wars 9, but in that case, the two directors were working together in the same trilogy. Fantastic Beasts 3 has nothing to do with Justice League and that crew had no obligation to Snyder. It’s a cool illustration of filmmakers helping other filmmakers tell the stories they want.

Under normal circumstances, Miller might have been able to actually be on Justice League in-person, but the ongoing coronavirus pandemic threw the entire industry into a state of flux. Fantastic Beasts 3 was one of many films affected, as its production was delayed for several months before resuming in the fall. This was certainly an unusual situation, but it’s great that technology’s evolved to the point where a director can helm reshoots from the other side of the world. Obviously, that isn’t going to be able to replicate a more traditional approach, but given the circumstances, Snyder and company made the best of things.

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Source: Beyond the Trailer

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Updated: November 14, 2020 — 2:45 pm

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