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. I would not have named it Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. [It] wasn’t called Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice by me…. It just sounds self-important and clueless in a way
Well, he’s 100% right here.
There were always going to be people who just didn’t want to see that version of a comic book world, and I get that. But what hurt was the criticism that the script was not coherent, because when I turned in the script to the studio—which they, by all accounts, were happy with—it made sense.
I agree with him that BvS’s extended cut showed a much better script than I thought the theatrical one had, though I had issues with how Eisenberg portrayed Luthor, the darker character choices, and everything with Doomsday (plus there had to be a better way to show Batman that Superman cares about humanity than the Martha moment). But I do enjoy him at least owning that he accepts that people weren’t going to like some of the things he did.
Also, pretty wild that Terrio has handed a draft of script that had Batman branding criminals to work on. I assumed that was his and Snyder’s doing. Seems like Terrio toned down Batman’s bloodlust.
Mark Kleinman is city editor, breaking major business stories and analysing what they mean for the financial sector.
He has revealed some of the biggest stories in the city in the past decade, with a string of exclusives about major takeover deals.
Before joining Sky, he was City Editor of The Sunday Telegraph.
Mark was awarded the London Press Club Business Journalist of the Year in 2011.