Shortly before Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was pushed back a couple of years ago, it was announced that Chris Terrio would be rewriting the movie’s script. Obviously, that was one of the studio’s best decisions regarding the project over the course of its production, since Terrio is an Academy Award winner after all, but just how big is his comic book knowledge?
In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Terrio revealed whether or not comic books were a big part of his life growing up and which writers inspired him while he was writing the script of the movie. Here’s what the screenwriter told the site:
“The first movie I ever saw was Superman 2. I almost drowned in a pool at age four playing Aquaman. I went away from comics for most of my life. But I stayed on top of super-hero movies. The ones that intrigued me the most were the [Christopher] Nolan’s films. They were ways of asking interesting questions in a genre form. We stand on the shoulders of those films in a way. Nolan helped establish a space in which super-hero movies can be taken more seriously. We thought a lot about those films, to a point where I had to stop watching The Dark Knight because I found I was rewriting it.
“It’s impossible to know everything in the DC universe, but I threw myself into it and tried to learn as much as possible and I found such intelligence in so many of the comics. Obviously Frank Miller is a well-known and respected writer who influences this film very directly. Also writers like Grant Morrison, who asks difficult philosophical questions in an extremely smart way. I tried to take in as much as I could while also keeping a little bit of an outsider’s eye.”
Talk then turned to the Caped Crusader’s and Wonder Woman’s roles in the movie. It’s clear that they’re both established superheroes by the time we meet them in the movie, so they’re clearly skipping the origin stories this time around. Terrio went on to explain the reasoning behind his decision to do that:
After “Man of Steel,” I didn’t want to have this moment where you say, “Batman exists in this world, we forgot to tell you.” We’re saying, “No he’s been here the whole time.” With [Wonder Woman alter ego] Diana Prince, I thought it would be better if we met her as a civilian first and involved her in the plot in a way that felt like a thriller. She’s a mysterious woman interested in the same things Bruce Wayne is. The fun of it is if you don’t immediately reveal her in superhero guise, you get to revel in the moment when she finally does reveal herself. If you bring in a character in a kinetic way, then you accept the reality more easily.
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