A budget of $300 million would make ‘Justice League’ the fifth most expensive film ever made behind ‘Avengers: Endgame’, ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. The most expensive movie ever made is “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” which cost $379 million.
The reasons for the high cost are well known. In order to change the tone and add scenes near the end of production, the cast of “Justice League” had to be rehired for reshoots, and entirely new sequences had to be rushed to completion. Additionally, the film’s color temperature had to be adjusted to match the new light feel the studio demanded. Henry Cavill, who plays Superman, had to be brought back from filming ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ but, due to his contract on that film, was not allowed to shave his mustache, resulting in a digital effect to cover it. Every movie goes through reshoots, but the restructuring of “Justice League” was massive compared to the average post-production for a blockbuster.
These new upgrades wouldn’t have cost as much if Warner Bros. had left the time to make the improvements and the leeway to shoot the scenes in a more careful way. But in Hollywood, according to wisdom, you can only choose two of the following options: Fast, good and cheap. Warner Bros. wasn’t willing to delay “Justice League,” and the studio worked under the gun to create the version they got, spending huge amounts of money to make sure it was finished on time. Whether or not the original version Snyder was working on would have been better — or more successful — is a matter of speculation. The only benchmark audience has the four-hour 2020 version of “Justice League” which took an additional $70 million to complete. It’s hard to tell how similar this version is to the version Snyder would have completed if he hadn’t experienced the tragedy in his family.
A parallel to the drama “Justice League” can be found in a famous example from the music video world. In 1995, director Marc Romanek was hired to do the music video for “Scream” by Michael and Janet Jackson. The production was ambitious, but Romanek was tasked with conceptualizing the video and completing it in just one month, which meant 24-hour workdays, hasty construction of sets, and the hiring of huge crews to work. on special effects. “Scream” and “Justice” were under the same weapon.