Zack Snyder may pull more controversy than our last election and with each side posing as either moderate or conservative in regards to his abilities as a film maker. There is no question Snyder is an incredibly talented director in regards to his style, ability to world build, and he’s damn good at seeing who is right to play the characters he’s brought to the screen, but his narrative is not up to par with what movie fans believe we deserve. They’re probably right, but I’m a Snyder defender without hesitation which is why I’m growing disheartened at the “what ifs”.
It was reported that Snyder was going to take a break from Warner Brothers and DC films to focus on a passion project of his The Last Photograph, a war film set in Afghanistan. Snyder has only worked on comic-book films besides his work on Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole and Dawn of the Dead. His films in the comic book genre not including 300, have been polarizing each and every way since their productions and DC fans and hopefuls are growing impatient.
To give an answer to the obvious question we’re all asking ourselves, no, I don’t think this is the last time we are going to here or see Snyder working on a film in the DCEU. I would be incredibly disheartened if he just vanishes from process of making the DCEU great because he was the one that brought it to life in the first place. He gave us a terrific Superman, a stellar Batman, so far a likable Wonder Woman, and a visual style that make his movies stand out from other comic book/superhero movies. On the other side of the coin, yes, I do think he should focus on other projects, if anything, to simply break a stagnation that is likely brewing in his body after making Suckerpunch, Watchmen, Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and the now finished Justice League.
This all comes on the heels of Ben Affleck’s solo Batman film being confirmed to have taken priority over Justice League 2, which is totally fine. Large scale team up films deserve their time to marinate. Solo films are the best way to determine the strengths and weaknesses of certain characters once the team up films make their way into productions, but the one constant that we will all love to see is Batman. Batman will always be a hot ticket character and if that means Snyder doesn’t need to direct another film while the others are being made, that’s smart and wise to let him make other things while he waits. Who knows, maybe George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road) comes to his senses and directs a DC film and takes the reigns from Snyder…