Chris Terrio, who won an Oscar for his screenplay of Argo, has revealed that he had to remove an important element related to the development of Ben Affleck’s Batman in the film prior to working on Batman versus Superman.
The film, directed by Zack Snyder, has been criticized for overly dark shots of the two eponymous DC superheroes, and Terrio reveals that the fault lies largely with Warner Bros, the studio. Some of the controversial aspects included Batman not hesitating to kill and tagging criminals with the bat symbol to ensure they are always pariah, even when reforming themselves.
Terrio made a number of bombshell revelations in a Vanity Fair profile, saying, among other things, that Batman branded Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) in the original script of the film and the film even ended that way, showing no character development of the superhero.
He said: “The studio seemed to take this position according to BvS that my writing was too dark and that this was their problem. What they didn’t mention was, for example, in the draft of the Batman / Superman script that WB had developed -[which was] The draft I received when I joined the project – Batman not only branded criminals with a bat brand, but also ended the film branding Lex Luthor. ”
Terrio added: “That ending was a point I kept coming up with with the studio on the mat. I have argued that if Batman continues this behavior, which amounts to torture, then Batman will not be able to finish the film because the film then confirms what he did. “
Batman vs Superman opened to bad reviews and was a commercial disappointment despite grossing over $ 850 million. The expanded edition, which included footage from the original film, was better received.
Terrio also worked with Zack Snyder in the Justice League. Explaining his decision to write the film, he said, “I wanted the chance to write these characters with love and hope after coming through the darkness of Batman versus Superman. The ending of my version of Batman versus Superman involves Bruce realizing the flaw in his ways and promising to change. It’s the return of conscience after an ethical nightmare. And in the Justice League, Bruce does better. “
Many of the Justice League scenes that Terrio wrote were rewritten and re-recorded by Whedon, who took over as director after Snyder’s departure due to a family tragedy. A four-hour original cut of the film, with script credits exclusively to Terrio, was released and better received earlier this year on HBO Max in the US and BookMyShow Stream, as well as other platforms in India.