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May 20th, 2018

The Cult Of Zack Snyder

There are so many things in life I don’t understand. How did life actually begin on Earth? Why does the hair on our arms stop growing at some point but the hair on our heads grows ad infinitum? Why is black a slimming color? The biggest and really the most important of these life mysteries for me is the appeal of Zack Snyder.

Zack Snyder is relatively high up on the movie geek worship food chain. There was so much anticipation for his adaptation of “Watchmen”, that there was really no way it wasn’t going to be a let down. Heck, I hadn’t touched a comic book in 20 years and even I was excited about this thing. It was, of course, a huge let down, not to mention what I thought was a terribly boring overlong mess of a movie. In my opinion, the second after “Directed by Zack Snyder” disappears from the opening credits, the movie is a massive time-waste.

So now we’ve got a Zack Snyder-directed Superman on our hands. While I’m not quite ready to call this decision an unmitigated disaster, I’m not completely sold on it either. Does this mean that we’ll have to deal with Supes doing that sped up film land a punch on Braniac or Zod who then goes flying through the air in slow motion bit? You know, the shot that shows up every five minutes in all of Snyder’s flicks?

Now, I don’t want to completely bash the guy because I happen to really like his “Dawn Of The Dead” remake. It’s got a great cast, it’s really funny, and you can really tell that Snyder really adores the source material. But, ever since then, his movies leave me empty. He’s like a darker, emotionless Michael Bay; an amazingly talented director with zero interest in the human condition.

So, the dilemma is this: How can Snyder, as visually talented a director as there is, handle an emotionally complex character such as Superman? The emotional emphasis is what makes the first two Christopher Reeve movies so appealing. Superman chooses to sacrifice a normal human life due to his own personal responsibility to protect every man, woman, and child on Earth. Considering that I passed up getting a haircut after work yesterday because I wanted to go home and play Madden, I’d call Kal El’s decision a hardcore responsibility choice.

There are other directors that I think could have been better choices, but who am I to second guess the mighty Christopher Nolan. So instead of that, just accept Snyder and think about the positives that could come of this. Is there any doubt that this will visually be the best Superman movie yet? I know what you’re saying, how could it possibly best “Superman IV: The Quest For Peace”? After seeing Nuclear Man fight Superman in that junkyard, it’s going to be tough but I think Snyder is going to make it happen.

I guess you can color me skeptical right now. My Superman-O-Meter went way up when Nolan got involved as a producer, but has kind of leveled off since then. It’s just hard to get behind a movie franchise that hasn’t truly been great since 1980. You know, way back when Gene Hackman was still acting and Margot Kidder wasn’t an insane person. I’m willing to give Snyder a shot because I would really like to see another great Superman movie.

Of course, if he has Superman don a loin cloth shouting, “This is Krypton!”, well, I’m out.

One Comment

  1. At least Snyder will bring over some of his action experience to use in the Man of Steel. As for the emotionlessness and concern for the human condition, that could be a hindrance to the movie I hadn’t thought of. but anything has to be better than Superman Returns, right?…..

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