Writer Chris Terrio Says Justice League Will Be Tonally Lighter Than Batman v Superman

Saturday, 12 March 2016 - 9:12PM
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Saturday, 12 March 2016 - 9:12PM
If you're a comic fan that's taken the time to talk with your fellow nerds about DC's slate of upcoming movies, then you've no doubt run into others who've expressed their dislike for Zack Snyder's method of making movies. Love him or hate him, Snyder is a divisive guy, and his track record proves it. I've had a lot of fans tell me that the reason they can't get behind Batman v Superman is simply because of its director.  

My response on almost every one of these occasions has been two words long: "Chris Terrio."  

Chris Terrio is the Oscar winning screenwriter who came in to re-write the script for Batman v Superman after David Goyer (who's worked on a lot of comic book movies, most notably Batman Begins). He's an extraordinarily talented guy, and just about every actor who's worked with him has nothing to offer but unabashed praise when it comes to the subject of his writing.

If there's anything that could make this Zack Snyder flick less polarizing than, say, Man of Steel or Watchmen, it's Chris Terrio. He's good with action, but he's awesome when it comes to tension, suspense, and dealing with weighty topics - which are all things that DC seems to be shooting for. Don't believe me? Argo **** yourself.

Or just go watch Argo.    

In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Terrio gave a glimpse into his vision for the DC universe, as he spoke not only of Batman v Superman, but also of his finished script for DC's first full fledged superhero team up movie, Justice League.

Opening quote
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.
Closing quote

It's interesting to hear that Terrio has seemingly crafted a tonally lighter script. It'll definitely be intriguing to see how that's able to fit with the other films, and how exactly it differs from them. Will it have more jokes? Will there be less destruction (how there could be when the entire Justice League is involved is another matter entirely)? Will the buddy moments between heroes outweigh the doom and gloom?

Terrio has definitely shown that he's got talent, so it's going to be exciting to see what he's able to do with these films. While I definitely prefer the darker aesthetic that DC's been able to deliver on in the past, it will be nice to get a lighter film thrown in the mix.

A lot of DC fans have their hope resting on Terrio right now. Hopefully with Batman v Superman, he'll prove that he can create just as engaging of a film as he did with Argo, despite their differences in genre. With that being said, however, Snyder's still going to be the man behind the camera, making the final call. If the scenes he creates are different in content or tone than what Terrio intended on paper, his talent may not make as much of a difference as I (and others) are hoping.  

So here's to hoping that's not the case. We'll all find out for sure on March 25th, when Batman v Superman officially hits theaters.
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