Justice League Scribe Likens Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice To The Two Towers


11 days. 11 days until the release of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and with it, the defining first (second?) step of Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe.

As the studio begins to fire out the final clips and TV spots for Zack Snyder’s imminent arrival, DC scribe Chris Terrio has weighed on that first step, and what it means for the two-part Justice League movie.


When pressed about Warner’s mythic ensemble piece by the Wall Street Journal, Terrio considered both Man of Steel and the Justice League as two parts of the same saga. That places Dawn of Justice as the tentpole feature to bridge the gap, and the writer believes next week’s feature film will do so in spectacular fashion.

“Batman V Superman is a bit of an Empire Strikes Back or Two Towers or any similar middle film in a trilogy,” Terrio tells The Wall Street Journal. “The middle film tends to be the darkest one. I do think from Man Of Steel through Justice League, it is one saga really. I expect Justice League will be tonally not quite as dark as Batman V Superman. From that point of view, I felt compelled to go back and try to lift us and myself into a different tonal place because I think when you write a darker film, sometimes you want to redeem it all a bit.”

Holding up Zack Snyder’s superhero smackdown in the same breath as Empire and/or Peter Jackson’s seminal Two Towers is praise in and of itself. We’ll reserve judgement until Batman V Superman graces theaters, though later in the piece Terrio spoke more about the underlying social threads that have been woven into Warner’s budding cinematic universe.

“For Batman V Superman I wanted to really dig into everything from ideas about American power to the structure of revenge tragedies to the huge canon of DC Comics to Amazon mythology. For Justice League I could be reading in the same day about red-and blueshifts in physics, Diodorus of Sicily and his account of the war between Amazons and Atlanteans, or deep-sea biology and what kind of life plausibly might be in the Mariana Trench.”

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will bring the curtain down on Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe on March 25.