‘Star Wars’ Writer Chris Terrio Almost Quit Franchises After ‘Justice League’

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker writer Chris Terrio recently stated that he almost quit writing for franchises after  Justice League.

Chris Terrio, who previously worked on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, recently sat down with Rolling Stone and talked about how working on the DC franchise essentially soured his love for franchises. Chris Terrio rose to prominence when he won an Oscar for writing Ben Affleck’s Argo. Shortly after Ben Affleck was announced as Batman, Chris Terrio joined Justice League, no doubt getting the seal of approval from this previous director. However, Justice League was never able to replicate the success of Argo.

In the interview, Chris Terrio states in a very professional and vague manner that working on Justice League was like trying to make multiple movies at a time, clearly indicative of the toxic, fueled by committee approach culture at Warner Bros. at the time. However, Chris Terrio also mentioned that he was hired for Star Wars not based on his superhero resume, but rather an unproduced political thriller.

“I never thought I would work on another franchise film. And in fact when J.J. hired me, he hired me based on a little political thriller, because I was back to doing that, which is really how I started as a writer. And then Star Wars came about. This was a very, very, very different way of working. It was extremely collaborative, and it’s a credit to the producers, I think, that everyone was making the same movie. That’s not always an easy thing with a movie of this size. Sometimes the studio wants to make one movie, and the producer wants to make a different movie, and the director wants to make a different movie, and the writer wants to make a different movie. On this one, I had an experience very much like Argo, where we all were making the same movie. We agonized over every decision within that, but it was a joyous process.”

As disappointing as it is, Justice League was never the success it could have been, despite having an Oscar-winning writer like Chris Terrio at the helm. Working on a film like Justice League could certainly muddy one’s love and appreciation for working on large-scale projects like Star Wars, but Chris Terrio seems adamant that this was a positive, collaborative effort. Chris Terrio continued by discussing how working on Star Wars was extremely unique in the sense that the creative circle was uniquely small, something that reinvigorated his love for franchise work.

“So the astonishment of this is that the process really has been like the process of writing a small film about characters in many ways. Which I know sounds implausible, but actually, the creative circle was quite small. You really had the feeling that we were we were making an independent film, as crazy as that sounds when you think about the scale and the worldwide exposure of this film. You know, it was Rick Carter and Kevin Jenkins on the design side and [visual effects supervisor] Roger Guyett at ILM and [producer] Michelle Rejwan and Kathy [Kennedy] and [costume designer] Michael Kaplan and Neil Scanlon in creatures. That was pretty much the room. So it was a small room of creators getting to just collaborate and challenge each other and argue and have euphoric days and have down days, as with any artistic process. It really reinvigorated me, because I know it’s not easy to make films that are on a large scale. To see people at the level of J.J. and Kathy doing it this way was really inspiring.”

There’s no doubt that Chris Terrio’s career suffered a minor bump in the road when Justice League wasn’t the runaway success that everyone expected it to be. While Justice League was mired with various issues and creative differences, it’s good to know that Chris Terrio has found his footing with Star Wars. And who knows, perhaps we’ll get to see more of Chris Terrio’s Justice League script if the Zack Snyder Cut ever sees the light of day.  

What are your thoughts on Star Wars writer Chris Terrio almost quitting franchise films after his brief stint on Justice League? Let us know in the comments!

Here is the synopsis for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: 

Lucasfilm and director J. J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.

Directed by J. J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams. Carrie Fisher will appear as General Leia Organa through the use of previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be released in theaters on December 20, 2019.

Source: Rolling Stone

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Titans Aqualad 01DC Universe has released eight brand new images from the upcoming fourth episode of the second season of Titans entitled, "Aqualad".

"Aqualad" will explore the dynamic among Dick Grayson/Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Donna Troy/Wonder Girl (Conor Leslie), Hank Hall/Hawk (Alan Ritchson), Dawn Granger/Dove (Minka Kelly) and Garth/Aqualad (Drew Van Acker) and how four years prior, their tight-knit family dynamic developed only to have their personal feelings bleed more into their work only to be exacerbated by the arrival of a new villain.

These new images give fans a new look at Drew Van Acker as Aqualad as well as a couple of new looks at the original team united together for action. In particular, we get our best look at how the Aqualad suit translates onscreen in live-action form.

You can check out the rest of the gallery for "Aqualad" by clicking "Next".

Here is the official synopsis for season two:

In Season 2, following the aftermath of their encounter with Trigon, Dick reforms the Titans. Under his supervision in their new home at Titans Tower, Rachel, Gar and Jason Todd train together to hone their hero abilities and work together as a team. They are joined by Hank Hall and Dawn Granger aka Hawk and Dove and Donna Troy aka Wonder Girl. Although these original Titans attempt to transition into a regular life, when old enemies resurface everyone must come together to take care of unfinished business. And as this family of old and new Titans – including Conner Kent and Rose Wilson – learn to co-exist, the arrival of Deathstroke brings to light the sins of the old Titans which threaten to tear this new Titans family apart once more.

The series stars Brenton Thwaites as Robin/Nightwing, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, and Ryan Potter as Beast Boy. Newcomers for its sophomore outing include Joshua Orpin and Esai Morales playing Superboy and Deathstroke, respectively, while Chella Man and Chelsea Zhang have also joined the cast as Deathstroke’s children Jericho and Ravager. Natalie Gumede has signed on to play Mercy Graves and Game of Thrones star Iain Glen is on board as Bruce Wayne.

Titans season two is now airing on DC Universe.

Source: DC Universe

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