DC’s King Shark and Marvel’s Groot have a rather similar style of speaking, with the former only saying the words “King Shark is a shark,” while the latter can only say, “I am Groot.” However, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War screenwriter Mairghread Scott — who previously wrote for Disney XD’s Guardians of the Galaxy animated series — says that scripting King Shark is actually rather different from scripting Groot.
During an exclusive interview with CBR, Scott was asked if there was any sort of “I am Groot” draft written for Apokolips War where King Shark’s dialogue was translated so those behind the scenes would know what the character was actually saying. She replied, “It’s funny because I was one of the writers on the Guardians of the Galaxy cartoon and we would put what Groot was roughly saying when we would write Groot but, with King Shark, yeah, it was just ‘King Shark is a shark.'”
Notably, the method Scott and her Guardians of the Galaxy co-writers used for keeping track of Groot’s dialogue is not exclusive to the small screen. Writer/director James Gunn previously confirmed that there was, in fact, a special “Groot version” of the script for his 2017 Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, in which all of the being’s dialogue is written in English. Gunn says only two copies of this version of the script exist, with one residing with him and the other residing with Groot’s actor, Vin Diesel. According to Scott, however, no “King Shark version” exists at all as far as Apokolips War‘s script is concerned (so don’t expect #ReleaseTheKingSharkCut to start trending).
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War stars Matt Ryan as John Constantine, Jerry O’Connell as Superman, Taissa Farmiga as Raven, Stuart Allan as Robin, Tony Todd as Darkseid, Jason O’Mara as Batman, Rosario Dawson as Wonder Woman, Shemar Moore as Cyborg, Christopher Gorham as the Flash, Rebecca Romijn as Lois Lane and Rainn Wilson as Lex Luthor. The film is available now digitally and on Blu-ray May 19.
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War writer Mairghread Scott told CBR how scripting DC's King Shark is different from scripting Marvel's Groot.