When DC launched the DCEU it seemed to happen almost accidentally. The Nolan Bat-trilogy had been a smash hit, and Nolan was tasked with Executive Producing an updated, modern and relevant take on Superman for Warner Bros. He hired Zack Snyder and Man Of Steel was the result. It divided some fans.
Meanwhile, across at Marvel, their MCU was climbing into the stratosphere. DC wanted some of that lucre so any plans for Man Of Steel 2 were parked in favor of a team up. Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice was launched and, boy, did fans hate it!
Then Suicide Squad similarly had quality issues. With a directors cut of Batman V Superman fixing some of the issues with that movie, it was clear that studio meddling was a factor. However that can’t be the sole issue. It was quite clear that plot lines started in Man Of Steel and Batman V Superman were never resolved, abandoned with the hasty re-work of Justice League following Snyder’s departure.
Now a different Snyder, Zack’s wife and producing partner, has spoken about that movie to Lightcast. Her take on the negative reviews doesn’t hold back:
“We’ve had our share of unkind press. Some of it, though… It’s interesting because I think… [Batman v Superman] is the perfect example. ‘It’s too dark.’ Too dark compared to what? I think that some of the reactions were ‘It’s not funny enough. It’s not the movie I expected it to be.’ And you’re [saying], ‘Is that the movie’s fault or is that your fault for having a preconceived notion of what it should be?’ It was kind of interesting to read things like that.”
Husband Zack directly addresses the infamous “Martha” scene in his recent MinuteMen interview.
He is similarly unapologetic:
“Clearly I am a fan of, and am very interested in how ‘Martha,’ that concept is central to the film. I mean, it’s 100% the lynchpin that holds the entire movie together. I think it’s indicative of the way that Batman v Superman was received that its central tenant was sort of belittled and made fun of. I personally think it is like this beautiful and incredibly symmetrical idea that it completely finishes it as a concept. It all is 100% with intent and intention to be all the images that you see, as far as their inspiration and stuff like that.”
We will see if Justice League: The Snyder Cut does anything to retrospectively improve the standing of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice next month.
Meanwhile, in other Snyder news, Netflix has announced a May 21st premiere date for Snyder’s $80 million budgeted Army of the Dead. After a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas a group of mercenaries will venture into the quarantine zone to pull off the biggest heist ever attempted. Suder says the movie is a:
“…balls-to-the-wall zombie heist movie”.
Which can’t help but remind me of James Cameron proclaiming his first movie, Piranha 2: The Spawning as:
“The greatest flying killer fish movie ever made!”
Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana De La Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighofer, Nora Arnezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, Garret Dillahunt, Tig Notaro, Raul Castillo, Huma Qureshi, Samantha Win, Richard Cetrone and Michael Cassidy all star.