Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder and writer Chris Terrio have revealed alternate titles for the Justice League precursor pitting the Dark Knight against the Man of Steel. This even includes titles that have no mention of Batman and Superman. Terrio scripted Zack Snyder’s Justice League. He disowned the Batman v Superman title when he told Vanity Fair that the studio-packed and marketing-driven name sounded “tone-deaf” and like a “Las Vegas, bust ‘em up, WWE match.”
The superhero bout between Batman and Superman introduced Wonder Woman and the future founding League members – Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg. At the Justice Con virtual convention, Zack Snyder said:
“I remember when there was a back-and-forth that I had with the studio, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was like the only title that [Warner Bros. liked]. The whole ‘v’ instead of ‘versus’, it was like this crazy negotiation … I was like, ‘Guys, can’t we just do something like Son of Sun and Knight of Night, or something that’s a little bit more poetic?’ And they were like. ‘Absolutely not’ (laughs). I was like, ‘Is it a court case?’”
The list of potential titles confirmed by the studio as online domain names includes “Man of Steel: Battle the Knight, Man of Steel: Black of Knight, and Man of Steel: Knight Falls.” Here’s what Chris Terrio had to say about Snyder’s 2013 film that launched the DC Extended Universe:
“I would have loved something really simple, like ‘Batman and Superman’. Or something in the vein of Man of Steel that feels more like it’s a progression from Man of Steel. For a while, we talked about actually titling it ‘Justice League: [Subtitle]”, to suggest that this movie was going to be the beginning of the Justice League, even though it didn’t really look like it. Like ‘Justice League: Foundations’, or ‘Justice League: Rising’. I’m just extemporaneously trying to think of titles that we battled back-and-forth.”
Snyder said that the studio was sketchy about him and Terrio teaming on Justice League and its superhero ensemble launching characters like Aquaman and Flash into spin-off standalone films. Previously, the filmmaker revealed his feelings that the studio had “this hatred” for Batman v Superman. They wanted Snyder to “divorce” Justice League from the middle chapter of his trilogy, which was actually a five-movie plan itself.
According to Snyder:
“People always ask me about BVS and I always go, ‘Listen. The truth is, we kind of stole that movie from the studio in some ways.’ It wasn’t 100% the movie the studio they wanted to make. If you look at sort of this arc of deconstruction, and construction, that was kind of this rhythm that we were on. And certainly, BVS is a take-it-apart movie, and Justice League is a put-it-back-together movie.”
“So for me, in retrospect, I do agree with Chris, I wish that we had fought them harder. But I felt like I was sneaking one by them with BVS, that I feel like when they said, ‘Okay, but we just want to call it Batman v Superman.’ I go, ‘The movie that we’re talking about making? Oh, okay, in that case, that’s fine’ (laughs). As long as it’s not, ‘We don’t like the title and the movie.’”
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