For Batman v Superman to truly succeed, it needs to have a far better critical reception than its predecessor. After all, this film doesn’t just feature two of comic book’s biggest icons, but also sets up an entire DC universe. For a task that monumental, Warner Bros brought in Oscar winning writer Chris Terrio.
It’s been confirmed by Batman himself (Ben Affleck) that Terrio did rewrites on the script, and that everyone on board was pleased with the end result. So much that Warner Bros decided to continue working with Terrio, and as the writer explains in a sit down with The Wall Street Journal, his experience working on Batman v Superman inspired him to keep going.
“I initially thought I wasn’t the guy to do “Justice League” and went off to work on something else. But the first day I went to the set, I saw Jesse [Eisenberg] in a scene with Holly Hunter and I really did feel like I was watching some strange, great performance in an independent film.
At that moment, I thought, “I’m not done with this yet. I want to go back and keep telling the story.” “Batman v Superman” is a bit of an “Empire Strikes Back” or “Two Towers” or any similar middle film in a trilogy. The middle film tends to be the darkest one. I do think from “Man of Steel” through “Justice League,” it is one saga really.
I expect “Justice League” will be tonally not quite as dark as “Batman v Superman.” From that point of view, I felt compelled to go back and try to lift us and myself into a different tonal place because I think when you write a darker film, sometimes you want to redeem it all a bit.”
I think we’re all expecting Batman v Superman to be much darker than Man of Steel, which is pretty interesting considering how the fight between Superman and General Zod ended. Then again, BvS is introducing The Dark Knight and his city of Gotham, which is home to some of the most violent villains in comic book history. Let’s not also forget that things may have gotten so violent that an R rated cut of this film is being saved for the blu-ray.
As for Terrio, he sounds like a writer who quickly understood what exactly Zack Snyder and Warner Bros were going for with Batman v Superman. It’s also exciting to hear that Terrio wanted to come back and finish what he started. The fact that he believes in what Warner Bros is doing with their DCEU is only good news.