Justice League writer Chris Terrio says Zack Snyder’s version of the DC team movie always had a lighter tone compared to Batman V Superman.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League was always meant to be lighter in tone compared to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. One of the most common criticisms pressed against Snyder’s early films in the DC Extended Universe was that they took a dark and serious approach to the source material. This affected its general reception, as Iron Man Y Batman v superman They proved to be divisive blockbusters that possibly underperformed at the box office. Snyder’s vision stands in stark contrast to that of Marvel Studios, which achieved great success creating playful and entertaining tents. As a result, Warner Bros. interfered with League of Justice production, in an unsuccessful attempt to make it more like the Avengers.
Of course, the League of Justice The theatrical cut turned out so poor that it led to the Release the Snyder Cut movement, which eventually paid off. Zack Snyder’s Justice League released on HBO Max in March, garnering much more positive reviews than its maligned predecessor. Because this version was said to be Snyder’s definitive cut, many were surprised to see how hilarious the movie was. Weather Zack Snyder’s Justice League grappled with the stakes about the end of the world, he also had several lighthearted moments, some initially believed to be additions by Joss Whedon. Turns out this was always the plan.
Talking with Vanity fair, League of Justice Writer Chris Terrio spoke about his experience with the film, explaining why he agreed to write the League of Justice script after working on Batman v superman:
I agreed to write Justice League because I wanted the opportunity to write these characters with love and hope after going through the darkness of Batman v Superman.
Terrio was commenting on League of Justice tone from before Batman v superman release, so this is just one more confirmation that Snyder intended to make the whole movie lighter. It’s a logical structure, especially if your three DCEU movies are viewed together as a three-act narrative. The second act – Batman v superman – would be the darkest since that is the point where stories tend to show their characters at their lowest points. On Batman v supermanBruce Wayne’s worldview was affected by the appearance of Superman, and he found himself following a bleak path before realizing the error of his ways. League of Justice It is then the triumphant third act, where Batman forms a team and they team up to defeat Steppenwolf. By Snyder League of Justice the sequels would have told some dark stories (see: Knightmare’s future), but the progression of the first three films in their original five-film plan was clear.
In hindsight, WB would have been better off if he had stayed out of Snyder’s way in League of JusticeBut the studio executives panicked and attempted a hasty course correction that was ultimately not necessary. The great irony is that the behind-the-scenes meddling may have cost WB his best chance to truly compete with Marvel, as Snyder had a plan that was abandoned, but never replaced. The answer to Zack Snyder’s Justice League shows that the public would likely have been on board for future installments, a theory backed by the #RestoreTheSnyderVerse push in the wake of League of Justice launch. It will be interesting to see where the DC movies go from here, but there are important lessons for WB to learn.
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