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Justice League Writer Reveals He Fell Into Depression After Leaving DC Movie

In an interview with Vanity Fair, screenwriter Chris Terrio opened up about the effects that Justice League (2017) had on him and his mental health, which led him into a “depression when the film was taken away.”
Simultaneously, the Justice League writer felt guilty over his feelings, due to the personal tragedy that Zack and Deborah Snyder were going through at the time:

“I went into such depression when the film was taken away and rewritten. But I didn’t even feel entitled to be depressed, because Zack and Debbie [Snyder, his wife and coproducer] were dealing with their family tragedy. Measured against that, losing the film that you wrote seems like nothing at all. But it did hurt. It hurts to think that I cared so much about these characters and worked on nothing else for a very long time.”

Terrio described the events that led to him watching the Whedon cut of Justice League, which prompted him to disassociate from the project completely:

“I was in L.A. at the time working on Star Wars [The Rise of Skywalker]. I was on the west side of Los Angeles working with J.J. [Abrams] at the time, and I drove to the studio and I sat down and watched it a couple of weeks before release. I immediately called my lawyer and said, “I want to take my name off the film.” [The lawyer] then called Warner Bros. and told them that I wanted to do that.”

When asked about whether the release of Whedon’s Justice League negatively affected Terrio’s reputation, the screenwriter agreed. On top of that though, Chris Terrio went on to say that it also affected his confidence as a writer:

“Yeah. It hurts your reputation, but more importantly, it poisons your soul and your confidence, especially when this other version of the film wasn’t seen.”

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