Screenwriter Chris Terrio has spoken to Vanity Fair about his feelings over the changes made to his script for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and how much he dislikes the title.
“I wrote drafts of the Batman/Superman movie, which wasn’t called Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice by me,” Terrio explained. “I did not name the script. In fact, I found out what the movie was called along with the rest of the world on the internet. I was not consulted on the title of the film, and I was as surprised as anyone. I would not have named it Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
“I don’t know exactly who named it, but I suspect it was the studio and I suspect it was marketing, to be honest with you,” said Terrio. “It might have been the first step toward creating ill will for the film. I suspect that putting the words “Batman” and “Superman” into the title had some marketing component to it.”
Even though movie studios are known to name films, Terrio says the name felt more like a Wrestling promotion.
“I heard it and I thought, it just sounds self-important and clueless in a way. Tone-deaf,” Terrio said. “The intention of the film was to do something interesting and dark and complex, not quite as Las Vegas, bust ’em up, WWE match as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
You can read the full interview, including Terrio’s thoughts on “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” at VanityFair.com.