Zack Snyder and Chris Terrio share their alternate title ideas for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which range from the poetic to the simple.
Director Zack Snyder and screenwriter Chris Terrio share some of the alternate titles considered for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. As a whole, the DCEU has garnered a lot of mixed responses from audiences over the years. However, the most divisive movie of the whole franchise is likely Batman v Superman, the gritty 2016 flick that brought Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) together on the big screen for the first time. Batman v Superman, though considered a box office success, received very mixed reviews, with many poking fun at the confusing plot and sillier plot twists (such as the infamous “Martha” scene).
Terrio was brought onto Batman v Superman to rework a draft that was already in place before going on to craft the script for Justice League. His time with the DCEU has been rather contentious, which led Terrio to give a wide-ranging interview earlier this month about the difficulties he experienced behind the scenes. Among the things he discussed was Batman v Superman’s title, which he vehemently dislikes. “I heard it and I thought, it just sounds self-important and clueless in a way. Tone-deaf,” Terrio said.
Terrio appeared with Snyder during this weekend’s virtual Justice Con event, where the two were asked about additional titles they had come up with for Batman v Superman. Snyder recalled how, at the time, there was a big debate he had with Warner Bros. about the title, from the Dawn of Justice subtitle to the “v” as opposed to “vs.” Snyder said he suggested things like “Son of Son” and “Night of Night.” to be more poetic, but WB wouldn’t have it. The biggest perk to come from the final title, Snyder said, is that BvS is very easy to say.
For his part, Terrio admitted he would have preferred something simple like Batman & Superman, or perhaps something in the vein of Man of Steel. Terrio also revealed he and Snyder discussed titling it Justice League with something to come after a colon, because “this movie was gonna be the beginning of the Justice League even though it didn’t really look like it.” The names tossed around were Justice League: Foundations or Justice League: Rising. Snyder added this was because it wasn’t clear if they were going to actually make a Justice League film at the time.
Like it or hate it, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the title the film has been slapped with. Over the years, Snyder fans have attempted to reclaim the movie as a well-thought-out part of Snyder’s overall DCEU plan. At the same time, there are still people who enjoy making fun of it. It looks like Batman v Superman will always be a divisive project, which at least ensures it will talked about for a long, long time. The title reveal kicked things off, and now it is a part of film history, for better or worse.