Warner Bros. will have its San Diego Comic-Con 2014 panel tomorrow, where the studio is expected to reveal some big news about its DC movie universe – be it an official announcement concerning who Dwayne Johnson is playing, confirmation of the rumored DC film release slate for the new few years, and/or a teaser for the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. There’s no guarantee that any such revelations will happen in Hall H on Saturday, admittedly, but at least we now know a little bit more about what studio heads have in mind for the Justice League film in development.
Justice League has proven to be a difficult nut to crack for the handful of screenwriters who have tried their hand at the task before. As such, it’s not so surprising to hear that WB’s top pick to handle that daunting job is Oscar-winning scribe Chris Terrio – the fellow recruited to rewrite the Batman V Superman script not that long after the role of the Caped Crusader went to Ben Affleck (who, by perhaps no coincidence, directed and starred in Argo, based on Terrio’s award-winning screenplay).
Deadline is reporting that Terrio is being eyed to write the Justice League movie for Man of Steel and Batman V Superman director Zack Snyder; THR, as it were, says that this studio/writer courtship has actually been ongoing for a couple months now. Clearly, the studio is impressed by how Terrio reworked the earlier Batman V Superman script draft (penned by Man of Steel writer David S. Goyer), and turned it into a screenplay that not only introduces multiple other superheroes, but blows the doors open for a much larger (and more unified) DC Cinematic Universe in general. At least, that’s what the popular rumor is, where it concerns what WB/DC is cooking up behind closed doors.
According to THR‘s article on the subject, the main obstacle that could prevent Terrio from writing Justice League right now is his personal interest in getting into directing his own projects – as opposed, committing to penning another big-budget tentpole release for another filmmaker to mold as they see fit. Still, bringing Terrio back would help to ensure a stronger sense of continuity between Batman V Superman and Justice League, before (again, in theory) the DC universe gets even bigger with the barrage of superhero movies rumored to be arriving on through until 2018.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is scheduled to hit theaters on May 6th, 2016. Justice League will arrive sometime thereafter.