– by Joseph Jammer Medina

With BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE about to be in theaters, many fans are already anticipating the next installment of the series.

In an extensive interview with Wall Street Journal, screenwriter Chris Terrio talks extensively about the so-called third film of the Warner Brothers’ relaunch of the series.

Obviously the concept of BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE will carry a darker tone, Terrio insists that THE JUSTICE LEAGUE will go in a different direction.

“BATMAN V SUPERMAN is a bit of EMPIRE STRIKES BACK or TWO TOWERS or any similar middle film in a trilogy. The middle film tends to be the darkest one. I do thinkg from MAN OF STEEL through JUSTICE LEAGUE, it is one sage really,” Terrio explained. “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.”

Terrio’s approach to both films is quite different and challenged him intellectually.

“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,” he said. “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 wat kind of life plausibly might be in the Mariana Trench.”

As for Superman and Batman confrontation, he compared the new film as the primary metaphor for Western literature.

“I began to think Batman and Superman occupy different parts of the mythic imagination. In superhero stories, Batman is Pluto, god of the underworld, and Superman is Apollo, god of the sky. That began to be really interesting to me—that their conflict is not just due to manipulation, but their very existence. In the end, there’s a common humanity which I think discovered a certain moment in the film,” he explained.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE will be in theaters on March 25. To read the rest of the interview, click here to jump to WSJ.

Source: Wall Street Journal

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.