Chris Terrio, the writer behind Justice League, revealed that Warner Bros. had no plan in place to build continuity through the recent DC films.
It’s fair to say that the theatrical cut of Justice League was a mess, with Zack Snyder’s full version of the film righting many wrongs that fans had long-discussed online. And in a recent interview with Vanity, writer Chris Terrio opened up about the two-hour mandate from former Warner Bros. chairman Kevin Tsujihara as well as the basic release plan for the slate of DC movies.
“Yeah, that’s what I heard also. I never had anything direct with him. Tsujihara, as far as I can tell, and the brass at the very top, decided the order of the films. I was not consulted on the order of the films, even though I was the person writing Justice League. They just determined that it was going to be Batman/Superman, and then Wonder Woman, then Justice League, and then Aquaman. So there was never any thought to how the world was constructed before they issued this edict. They said, ‘Conform to this schedule.’”
In the same interview, Chris Terrio also revealed that he tried to get his name removed from the film after seeing it because it didn’t represent his work. But when it comes to the DC continuity, the writer revealed that details like what Themiscyra looked like or whether Atlanteans could talk underwater hadn’t been decided by Warner Bros. He pointed out that because the groundwork hadn’t been done in solo films, it was hard to establish certain aspects of Justice League on the page. Take a look at Chris Terrio’s comments below.
“The Wonder Woman script wasn’t even finished when I wrote Justice League. So I had no basis to write Wonder Woman other than Batman [vs.] Superman. Themyscira didn’t even exist. I was never shown anything on the page for it. I didn’t know whether people could talk underwater. That was a thing that I had to ask because I didn’t know if I could do underwater scenes with Aquaman and Atlanteans. It was all just from scratch because there had been no [solo] character films. So Justice League needed to establish three of the characters; it had to create a long game mythology for the DC Universe. It had to resurrect Superman because he was dead at the end of the last movie. I just don’t know how you could do all that in under two hours. Maybe the 2017 release proved that you couldn’t.”
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Here is the official synopsis for the Zack Snyder cut of Justice League:
“In ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE, determined to ensure Superman’s (Henry Cavill) ultimate sacrifice was not in vain, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) aligns forces with Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) with plans to recruit a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions. The task proves more difficult than Bruce imagined, as each of the recruits must face the demons of their own pasts to transcend that which has held them back, allowing them to come together, finally forming an unprecedented league of heroes. Now united, Batman (Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) may be too late to save the planet from Steppenwolf, DeSaad and Darkseid and their dreadful intentions.”
Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J. K. Simmons, and Ciarán Hinds.
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Source: Vanity Fair