Ben Affleck wanted Batman V Superman Script Rewritten
By now, Zack Snyder’s Justice League has made everyone reevaluate just how horribly things went wrong over at DC. And the rot started to become apparent in Batman V Superman. Recently, screenwriter Chris Terrio also spoke out and gave the fans deep insight as to what happened to Zack Snyder’s DC Universe and what transpired behind the scenes which shaped its trajectory. He also talked about Ben Affleck and Batman V Superman, saying how the actor had reservations against the original script.
Ben Affleck wanted Batman V Superman script re-written, says screenwriter
While talking to Vanity Fair, Terrio talked about his involvement in Batman V Superman and Justice League. While discussing the movie, Terrio mentioned how Ben Affleck actually wanted to help revise the script of the movie, in an attempt to add greater depth into it. The screenwriter said:
Ben [Affleck] called me and said that he was working on this film, which was a Superman film in which he was going to play Batman. So he asked if I would read the script and consider doing a rewrite. He asked if I would do some character work. So it was already determined and storyboarded that Batman was going to be trying to kill Superman and that Batman was going to have gone down a dark road. He was branding criminals, and it had certain dark elements that were nonnegotiable and already in the story.
Furthermore, Chris Terrio and Ben Affleck wanted to create a story where people could empathize with Batman. They didn’t want to think of him as a lunatic, but as someone who had genuine grievances which led to his incredible decisions. Comparing him to Captain Ahab from Moby Dick, Terrio wanted Ben Affleck’s Batman to be “traumatized by the war of Krypton coming to Earth”.
The movie’s name was wrong too, says Terrio
Apart from Ben Affleck’s wish to rewrite the film, Terrio also believed that the name of Batman V Superman was a bit misleading too, saying it may have played a role in creating “ill will” for the movie. He continued:
I wrote drafts of the Batman/Superman movie, which wasn’t called Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice by me. I did not name the script. In fact, I found out what the movie was called along with the rest of the world on the internet. I was not consulted on the title of the film, and I was as surprised as anyone.
Terrio also believed “Dawn of Justice” made the movie sound clueless and even “tone-deaf,” adding:
I would not have named it Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I heard it and I thought, It just sounds self-important and clueless in a way. Tone-deaf. The intention of the film was to do something interesting and dark and complex, not quite as Las Vegas, bust ’em up, WWE match as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.