On Zack Snyder Directing 'MAN OF STEEL,' His New Batman, and His Desire to Make a Violent George Washington Flick
While a lot of people love to hate on Zack Snyder (I'm looking at you, Mario), there's little doubt that his films have quite a visual flair to them. His style became evident in one of his early films, 300, and has since shown itself in everything he's directed since. It's this talent that got him his MAN OF STEEL directing gig following SUCKER PUNCH, which was his first real flop.
In a recent profile of Snyder, Bloomberg went into detail about how his work on SUCKER PUNCH eventually led to him accepting taking on MAN OF STEEL.
"After SUCKER PUNCH, Snyder needed a hit, and he had one two years later with MAN OF STEEL, which placed Superman in the same forbidding world inhabited by Batman in Nolan’s Dark Knight films. This was no coincidence—Nolan co-wrote the movie. Initially, Deborah didn’t think her husband should make it. 'I said to Zack, "I just think this is the biggest mistake," ' she recalls. Ultimately, the Snyders signed on, Zack as director and Deborah as a producer."
The rest is history on that front. Snyder went on to make quite possibly the most polarizing Superman film to date. While some fans (like me) appreciated this more conflicted and nuanced take of the character, some purists (like fellow LR writer Mario) felt the interpretation was a betrayal of the hero and everything he stood for in the comics. All the same, the film managed to do well enough at the box office to warrant a sequel, and with the continuation of the Superman story came the introduction of Batman.
In a controversial move at the time, Snyder and WB opted to hire Ben Affleck to play the Caped Crusader. Considering Affleck had only a decade prior portrayed Daredevil on the big screen--and in a film that was filled to the brim with problems, no less--not a lot of folks were encouraged by this development.
But all this time later, Snyder seems very content with his decision to hire Affleck.
“Not to be drinking my own Kool-Aid, but I think Ben is a pretty good Batman. I never liked a small Batman. Ben’s all of 6-foot-4, and in the boots, he’s like 6-foot-6.”
Well there are many things you can call this Batman, but small sure isn't one of them. In a silhouette, Batfleck manages to pretty much dwarf even the already-impressively buff Superman, played by Henry Cavill.
Will this film be everything fans hoped it would be? We'll have to wait and see. Meanwhile, Snyder is hard at work on his next film--which is JUSTICE LEAGUE PART ONE, the first in a two parter. But the director doesn't seem content to stick to strict adaptations for his whole career, regardless of how hated his first original work (SUCKER PUNCH) was. Right now, he's considering directing a hardcore, violent film about George Washington.
"He has a picture in his office of the Revolutionary War hero crossing the icy Delaware on his way to decimate the British in the Battle of Trenton. 'We were talking about it,' Snyder says. 'The first thing we asked was, well, how are we going to make it look? I pointed at this painting. It looks like 300. It’s not that hard.' "
What do you think of Zack Snyder taking on a violent, over-the-top film about one of America's founding fathers? Sound off down below!
BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE hits theaters on March 25, 2016.