Justice League writer Chris Terrio was initially not going to take on the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) comic book movie. However, with some influence from an independent movie-like scene on the set of Batman v Superman, it gave him, to quote Heath Ledger’s Joker, “a little push” to take on the project, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Terrio made a set visit to the Zack Snyder-directed movie and was quite enamored with the dialogue going on between Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor and Holly Hunter, who plays Senator Finch. Then Terrio thought that this story must be continued by him. Thus, the Argo writer, who won an Oscar for the flick, moved forward with Justice League – Part One.
“But the first day I went to the set, I saw Jesse [Eisenberg] in a scene with Holly Hunter and I really did feel like I was watching some strange, great performance in an independent film.”
This is not surprising, as Chris won the Best Independent Feature Film Casting for the movie Heights and Best Short for Book of Kings in 2002, according to Wikipedia. So it’s understandable how the performances he had witnessed drove him to take on the comic book movie.
According to Chris Terrio, the Justice League movie will not to be as dark as its predecessor. He likened all of them to a saga such as the Star Wars and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, with the middle movies being the darkest. He considered Batman v Superman the one the middle.
“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.”
Early reactions to Snyder’s Dawn of Justice were considered to be much darker than the Dark Knight trilogy, but it did receive positive feedback, according to Tech Times. This just affirms Terrio’s claim.
Batman On Film gave such an account after having already seen it.
“However, I DO know a few folks who have seen BvS and all of them really liked it.”
The Justice League comic book movie screenwriter said he may not write the sequel, claiming that he delved very deep into the mythos and other connections that intertwine the expanding DCEU.
Chris said he read up on Amazon mythology through the DC Comics, the battle between the Amazonians and Atlanteans, and so on. The latter looks to tie into DC’s arc of Flashpoint, where such a battle occurred.
“I have written Justice League Part One, but I won’t necessarily write Part Two. This has been the most rigorous intellectual exercise I’ve had in my writing life.”
So it looks like the writer indeed researched a lot of it, an experience he found helped him in taking on the task.
It was also mentioned by Terrio that the Aquaman and Flash solo movies, starring Jason Momoa as Aquaman and Ezra Miller as the speedster, respectively, will “continue each characters’ story after what happens in the 2017’s Justice League film,” according to Comic Book Resources. He theorized how they’ll be brought on board in the same fashion kinetically like Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman.
Justice League – Part One is scheduled for release come November 17, 2017 and Part Two is slated for June 14, 2019. The movie stars the DC Trinity represented by Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, and Gal Gadot, with Amber Heard, Amy Adams, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, and J.K. Simmons.
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