Batman versus Superman was a polarizing film – but did you know that Zack Snyder wanted to call it something else?
Zack Snyder is known for his strong artistic vision and writing personality that is sometimes not fully implemented by the studio. He has a special purpose for his films. We learned that Chris Terrio, co-writer on Batman versus Supermanalso expressed some dissatisfaction while working on the film – specifically with the title.
During a recent interview with Justice ConSaid Snyder, “I remember when there was a back and forth that I had with the studio Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice was like the only title that [Warner Bros. liked]. The whole ‘v’ instead of ‘versus’ was like this crazy negotiation. I said, ‘Guys, can’t we just do something like this? Son of the Sun and Knight of the Nightor something a little more poetic? ‘And they said, “Absolutely not.” I said, “Is it a lawsuit?”
Now that we have the frenzy of Snyder CutUnsurprisingly, WB battled that title and decided to make the artistic choice for itself.
This might have been for the best, though, as the surrogate tracks being thrown around aren’t exactly ringing a bell.
The beginning of the end
Terrio also spoke on this subject Vanity Fair, “I’m not sure who named it, but I suspect it was the studio, and I suspect it was marketing to be honest. It could have been the first step in creating bad will for the film. ”
Could this have been the beginning of what led to Joss Whedon’s cut?
From what we now know, it’s not that far-fetched. I can definitely see the writers and filmmakers of this story have great creative success when the studio refuses to acknowledge their ideas or inspirations. This is what any Creator can relate to and it is a terrible feeling. It also creates resentment and animosity between the team.
Also, we can now confidently say that every facet of this film has been in better hands with Snyder than it has ever been with WB. It is undeniable.
What do you think of the alternative title? Batman versus Superman?