Batman v Superman was a polarizing film—but did you know Zack Snyder wanted to call it something else?
Zack Snyder is known for having a strong artistic vision and auteur personality that sometimes isn't fully realized by the studio. He has a particular goal for his films. We've learned that Chris Terrio, a co-writer on Batman v Superman, also expressed some dissatisfaction while working on the film—specifically about the title.
During a recent interview at Justice Con, Snyder said, "I remember when there was a back-and-forth that I had with the studio, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was like the only title that [Warner Bros. liked]. The whole ‘v’ instead of ‘versus,’ it was like this crazy negotiation. I was like, ‘Guys, can’t we just do something like Son of Sun and Knight of Night, or something that’s a little bit more poetic?’ And they were like, ‘Absolutely not.' I was like, ‘Is it a court case?'”
Now that we're past the frenzy of the Snyder Cut, it's not so surprising that WB fought this title and decided to make the artistic choice themselves.
Though, this one might have been for the best, as the replacement titles that were being thrown around don't exactly ring a bell.
The beginning of the end
On the subject, Terrio also told Vanity Fair, "I don’t know exactly who named it, but I suspect it was the studio, and I suspect it was marketing, to be honest with you. It might have been the first step toward creating ill will for the film."
Could this have been the beginning of what led up to Joss Whedon's cut?
From what we know now, it's not far-fetched. I can definitely see the writers and filmmakers of this story taking a huge creative hit when the studio refuses to acknowledge their ideas or inspiration. That's something every creator can relate to and it's an awful feeling. It also creates resentment and animosity between the team.
Plus, we can now confidently say any facet of this film was in better hands with Snyder than ever with WB. That's undeniable.
What do you think of the alternate title to Batman v Superman?