Oscar-winning author Chris Terrio was working on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker when he first and only saw a movie that he was credited with writing: 2017s Justice League, directed by Joss Whedon. “I drove to the studio and I sat down and watched it a few weeks before release,” Terrio said. “I immediately called my lawyer and said, ‘I want to remove my name from the movie. “”
The lawyer reached out to Warner, but the request was not granted because the film was already locked and was being prepared for distribution. Terrio was then not invited to the premiere and decided he would not talk about the film in public until now with Vanity Fair.
Terrio – who won an Oscar for Argo, and who not only wrote Justice League but Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice also – talked about the experience of writing these films with Vanity Fair. In the interview, he explains in detail how Warner Bros. cut 30 minutes out of his “Batman / Superman” movie (he explains that he did not come up with the title Dawn of Justice and actually not sure who did) which anything but ruined any nuance he went with the characters and perhaps judged it critically. That situation then seeped down to Justice League, where he did his best to write a script that was more in line with what managers wanted. It all fell apart, though, when Zack Snyder left production and Joss Whedon came in.
“I did not know how much of the film would be changed – or vandalized in my opinion,” said Terrio. “It became clear when I spoke to various players that it was a wholesale settlement of what had been there before. I did not hear from anyone who said it was a pleasant experience. ”
Says Terrio Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which recently was published on HBO Max, is an excellent representation of the film he and Snyder set out to make. He does not have a bad thing to say about Snyder, but admits it even when Snyder was on board, the film was not a walk in the park.
“That wonder Woman the script was not even finished when I wrote Justice League, ” Said Terrio. “So I had no basis for writing Wonder Woman other than Batman / Superman. Themyscira did not even exist. I was never shown anything on the page for it. I did not know if people could talk underwater. That was one thing I had to ask, because I did not know if I could do scenes underwater with Aquaman and Atlanteans. It was all right from the ground up because there had been none [solo] character film. ”
He continued, “So. Justice League need to establish three of the characters; it had to create a long-playing mythology for the DC universe. It had to revive Superman because he was dead by the end of the last movie. I just do not know how you could do all that in under two hours. Maybe the 2017 release proved you couldn’t. “All this does not even come into his experience Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, including study mandates that Batman labels people with a bat symbol, and an original ending in which Batman did just the Lex Luthor that Terrio fought.
“This ending was a point where I explicitly went to the mat with the studio over and over again,” he said. “I argued that Batman could not end the film by continuing this behavior, which was tantamount to torture, because then the film supported what he was doing.”
Suffice it to say what fans see on the screen in Snyder’s film is only half the story. The other half took place in boardrooms. Go to Vanity Fair to read more of the informative interview.
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