Chris Terrio took over writing duties prior to the start of production for Batman v Superman. The decision made by Warner Bros was a smart move, as this film is not just important for their DC extended universe but for the comic book genre. Whether you agree or disagree on the studio’s decision on introducing Batman, and delaying a Man of Steel sequel in favor for setting up an entire universe is now irrelevant. This is the universe we are getting, and I’m hopeful that it’ll turn out great.
Warner Bros seems to think their decision has paid off, and almost immediately tasked Terrio with writing Justice League Part One. That film releases in November of next year, which means the cameras will begin rolling later this year. Having Terrio write both BvS and Justice League is as daunting as Joss Whedon writing two Avengers films. As part of an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Terrio discussed why returning for Justice League Part Two (2019) doesn’t sound appealing.
“I have written “Justice League Part One,” but I won’t necessarily write “Part Two.” This has been the most rigorous intellectual exercise I’ve had in my writing life. For “Batman v Superman,” I wanted to really dig into everything from ideas about American power to the structure of revenge tragedies to the huge canon of DC Comics to Amazon mythology. For “Justice League,” I could be reading in the same day about red- and blueshifts in physics, Diodorus of Sicily and his account of the war between Amazons and Atlanteans, or deep-sea biology and what kind of life plausibly might be in the Mariana Trench.
If you told me the most rigorous dramaturgical and intellectual product of my life would be superhero movies, I would say you were crazy. But I do think fans deserve that. I felt I owed the fan base all of my body and soul for two years because anything less wouldn’t have been appreciating the opportunity I had.”
Should Terrio ultimately not be one to write Justice League: Part Two, it’ll be a loss regardless, because of the talent. Whether its a big loss or not remains to be seen, and we’ll know after watching Batman v Superman. Terrio seems to have done his research when mentioning the war between the Amazons and Atlanteans, which means he understands the material. He’s given these pivotal DC films his everything, and as a fan what more could you ask for?
If Terrio ends up not returning for Justice League: Part Two, its not the end of the world. There have been plenty of examples of different writers taking on each installment of a franchise (i.e. Rian Johnson on Star Wars Episode VIII), and right now I believe Warner Bros has been making all the right moves.