Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice screenwriter Chris Terrio has some fine words about the film’s theatrical release. In particular, he says Warner Bros. sabotaged the film by cutting 30 minutes of its running time. He also questions the long title.
Chris Terrio, who worked with Ben Affleck on Oscar-winning Argo, recently reported in a comprehensive interview about his time at DCEU. The filmmaker, who also worked on the Justice League, was hired by Affleck to rewrite Batman versus Superman. As he explains, peeling off 30 minutes from the cut did a lot of damage. Here’s what he had to say about it.
“If you took Argo for 30 minutes since it was Batman / Superman, it wouldn’t make any sense at all. Critics would say, ‘what a lazy script’ because the characters have no motivations and it’s not coherent. And I would agree with you. ”
When Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice hit theaters five years ago, it wasn’t Zack Snyder’s original intended version. The Ultimate Edition arrived later, extended the runtime by 30 minutes and made a lot clear. The general consensus is that the longer version was better. But Warner Bros. didn’t have it before it was released.
As Chris Terrio puts it, his job was “to create a story and a tone in which Batman could be that person and where two heroes could reach the point where they could fight to the death.” Taking 30 minutes away from this job didn’t help. As for the title of the film? Let’s just say Terrio isn’t a fan.
“I wrote drafts of the Batman / Superman movie that I didn’t call Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. I didn’t name the script. In fact, I figured out what the film is called along with the rest of the world in the world Internet. I wasn’t consulted on the title of the film, and I was as surprised as anyone. I wouldn’t have called it Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. ”
The title was long and was criticized before the film was released. It remains unclear who is responsible, but Chris Terrio suspects that it is the marketing department. The writer went further to express his dislike and said the following.
“I heard it and thought, it sounds important and clueless in some ways. Sound deaf. The movie’s intent was to do something interesting, dark and complex, not quite like it was in Las Vegas. WWE match as Batman versus Superman : Dawn of Justice. ”
A newly remastered 4K IMAX version of Batman versus Superman: Dawn of Justice will be available soon on both hard drive and HBO Max. Chris Terrio is also glad Zack Snyder’s Justice League is in the world as he wasn’t a fan of the theatrical version, which was largely a product of Joss Whedon’s rewritings and re-enactments. You can read the entire interview at Vanity Fair.
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