Warner Brothers And Screenwriter Chris Terrio Did Not Care For Geoff Johns’ Rewrites Of ‘Justice League’

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With the news that Geoff Johns is stepping down from his position as DC Entertainment president and DC Comics chief creative officer, it’s no surprise that some unpleasant behind the scenes chatter is starting to emerge.  The first is a revelation that Johns essentially swiped the ‘Justice League’ script from its credited screenwriter Chris Terrio and rewrote most of it.  Terrio wasn’t happy about that.  And he wasn’t the only one.  It appears that Warner Brothers also wasn’t a fan of what Johns had in store.

Vulture senior editor Kyle Buchanan posted a series of tweets stating “I remember hearing that Geoff Johns rewrote so much of Justice League when Zack Snyder was still directing that Chris Terrio would complain, ‘Maybe try using some of my pages?’”

Following that, he posted a follow up: “WB was allegedly so unsatisfied with how the Johns/Snyder version was shaping up, that they convened a footage summit for other writers including Joss Whedon, Allan Heinberg, Seth Grahame-Smith, and Andrea Berloff to offer feedback. Then they hired Whedon.”

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It would appear that Terrio penned a script in collaboration with director Zack Snyder, who had also helmed ‘Batman V Superman’.  That would have been before Warner Brothers dropped that turd on the unsuspecting public only to watch in horror as everyone ripped it to shreds.  That was followed by another poorly-received chapter in the DC film universe, ‘Suicide Squad’.  It’s well within reason to assume that Terrio’s ‘Justice League’ script was in keeping with that bleak, nonsensical tone that Snyder had established before Warner Brothers realized that fans don’t want doom’n’gloom super folk movies made by people whose only experience with comics being ‘The Dark Knight Returns’.

No doubt, Geoff Johns and Joss Whedon tried to flip what would have been a dismal, depressing ‘Justice League’ into something more optimistic and akin to the actual comics.  Unfortunately, there’s that old adage “Too many cooks in the kitchen spoils the soup.”  WB keeps second guessing itself when it comes to these movies, resulting in disjointed messes like ‘Suicide Squad’ which was essentially two separate movies spliced into one.

The results speak for themselves.  What should have been WB crowning flagship superhero movie turned out to be their weakest performer yet, mainly because the first few movies– with the exception of ‘Wonder Woman’— were such sh** shows that most people figured this would be no different and avoided it.

Can the DC Universe be saved?  Perhaps ‘Aquaman’ and ‘Shazam!’ will turn things around.

Source: ComicBook.com

Jason Motes

Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.

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