Actress Kiersey Clemons’ role as Iris West appears to have been scrapped from Justice League, along with Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor.
It’s not news to anyone to hear that the large majority of the structure from Warner Bros’ DC Film Universe is lacking, with rumors circulating that while it has all been a rush to get Justice League out there, it too might just be cinematic fumble.
So many characters being tossed on screen with very little development, backstory, or introduction for that matter (Katana humorously comes immediately to mind) has many concerned. Adding to the missteps with the films we have gotten (with the exception of Wonder Woman), is the replacement of director Zack Snyder, who had to step down for “personal” reasons relating to the tragedy of his daughter’s suicide, with ex-Marvel director Joss Whedon (Avengers, Avengers Age of Ultron). The pressure is on and that undoubtedly brings change. Lots and lots of change. Like, rewriting and reshooting scenes and trying to make sense of the cluster that Justice League may have been shaping up to be. Well, it appears that among those creative changes is the removal of two key characters to the DC universe.
Kiersey Clemons was set to play Iris West, Barry Allen’s love interest. She has a far more intricate role than that, but you get the idea.
Rumors have been circulating that both Iris West and Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor have been removed entirely due to simply not fitting in the current cut of the film that will be hitting theaters in November of this year. Seems to be a little too close to release to be making major changes, but crazier things have happened.
For now, neither Iris West nor Lex Luthor will appear in Justice League at all, but there will always be an extended version that releases well after the theatrical run. Maybe we will get their scenes then? Only time will tell.