The screenwriter of Justice League, Chris Terrio, finally talked about the film, calling the theatrical version Joss Whedon of an “act of vandalism”. Terrio is the screenwriter behind Justice League's Zack Snyder and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, as well as other important films such as Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Argo, for which he won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. He is co-credited in the Justice League movie version alongside Whedon.
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The saga behind the Justice League is well known now, with the original film being rewritten by Whedon, which was brought in by Warner Bros. after the success of his films Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron to the Marvel. The original director, Snyder, eventually left the project, and the WB hired Whedon to do several remakes of the film.
What followed was a terrible period of reshoots, with Ray Fisher and Gal Gadot being abused, and a totally different film. The Justice League failed in the end, and Snyder's version was only seen recently, after being released on HBO Max after an investment of US $ 70 million from WB. The whole time Terrio remained silent about the saga, but it finally ended.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Terrio finally revealed what happened during his time working for the A.D, and did not measure his words. Calling the theatrical version of the Justice League “an act of vandalism,” Terrio goes on to say that while Snyder may be too much of a gentleman to openly insult the film, he is not.
Terrio adds that the changes Whedon made, in his opinion, vandalized the film and that, although he does not think the expanded version is perfect, it is "crazy in the best way". You can read his full comments below:
“The theatrical cut of 2017 was an act of vandalism. Zack may be too much of a gentleman to say that, but I'm not. When those personal touches were removed from the film in the 2017 version, I was silent because I couldn't really say anything, but of course it hurt. All that was left was a dinosaur skeleton of what had been a large, heavy beast. It may have been a big, undisciplined beast, and it's obviously four o'clock and the film is maximal and operatic and, of course, a little crazy, but I think the film is crazy in the best way. I didn't know how much of the film would be changed - or vandalized, in my opinion. It became clear as I spoke to several actors that it was a complete dismantling of what was there before. I didn't hear from anyone saying it was a pleasant experience."
Terrio, who appears to have been incredibly outraged after seeing the film for the first time, also reveals that he asked that his name be removed from the theatrical version, but was denied because copies of the film had already been completed. Still, Terrio is clearly happy that the Zack Snyder's Justice League it was finally released, and that audiences and critics are able to judge his script without asking what he wrote or did not write. Whatever they think about it, at least they know it's his doing.
And while Terrio does not enter the charges surrounding the alleged abuse on the Whedon set, saying he never met the director, this latest attack on the theatrical version of the Justice League represents yet another nail in the coffin of Whedon's career.
Whedon has moved away from the public eye in recent months, and has even ceased to be the showrunner of The Nevers, following the charges against him, and Terrio's feelings about Whedon "vandalizing" his script will not help repair his reputation any more. As for Terrio, he wanted to have a say for a long time, and now that he has, his reputation as an unrestricted screenwriter is assured.
Via: Screen Rant / Vanity Fair