Zack Snyder says DC heroes are more epic, not like ‘flavor of the week Ant-Man’
As Zack Snyder continues to fine-tune next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, while also prepping the first of two Justice League films, the director was refreshingly forthcoming about his upcoming blockbusters while promoting a Super Bowl filmmaking contest.
‘I feel like he’s right. But I feel like Batman and Superman are transcendent of superhero movies in a way, because they’re Batman and Superman,’ Snyder said. ‘They’re not just, like, the flavor of the week Ant-Man — not to be mean, but whatever it is. What is the next Blank-Man?’
Snyder takes the heroes he’s depicting seriously, holding the two titular iconic characters in his latest film in high esteem. And he, in part, has Christopher Nolan and his Dark Knight trilogy to thank.
‘I look at it as more being mythological than, say, bubblegum,’ he said. ‘And I think that that’s appropriate for Batman and Superman because they’re the most mythological of our superheroes.’
For more from Snyder, including how he views the dichotomy of Batman and Superman in the film, as well as just exactly how much of a balance between the Caped Crusader and the Last Son of Krypton that the film is striving to have, check out the full interview on The Daily Beast.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on March 25, 2016.
Thoughts: Should Zack Snyder be Talking Trash?
Zack Snyder sure has some balls to be talking trash about Marvel, and I’m not really sure if it’s good or bad either way. But it’s funny that Zack Snyder would be brushing off and dismissive of Ant-Man, and by default, Marvel itself — How can you argue against these results as mere “flavor of the month”?
As you can see, although Ant-Man is the lowest grossing Marvel film since The Incredible Hulk, the film still made a healthy profit, utilizing the most of its medium (in terms of superhero movie budgets) $130 million budget. Ant-Man also received positive reviews — as have every film in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sure, there’s a difference between exactly how positive each film was received, but nonetheless, Marvel films are generally well liked.
The same can’t be said for Zack Snyder. Although he has received some fair share of positive reviews — his career critical reception has largely been mixed — some even outright negative. While Snyder’s films have by and large been successful at the box office, only 300 was an outright slam dunk at the box office, despite the mixed to negative critical reception.
I remember when I first saw 300 I was so taken aback by the pretty amazing visuals that it almost made me forget how dumb and racist the story was. Subsequent times that I saw the film again after my opinion of it lowered big time — it’s a pretty bad and bombastic film.
My reaction to Snyder’s filmography, as a whole, is just one giant shoulder shrug. I think visually he’s probably above average but he’s never really been able to put an entire film together that’s really worked. You could argue that his remake of Dawn of the Dead, his first film, is still Zack Snyder’s best film.
Watchmen (2009) was a pretty solid and faithful adaptation of Alan Moore’s celebrated graphic novel, but it’s rather cold reception indicates that perhaps Alan Moore was right all along and it couldn’t work as a film. Snyder has also made comments defending his version of Watchmen, saying he saved Moore’s vision from the radical changes to the graphic novel associated with Terry Gilliam’s earlier planned film. Gilliam eventually agreed with Alan Moore that a film version wouldn’t work.
Man of Steel was an abomination. Perhaps one of the worst comic book movies of all time. Just a complete miscalculation in every way imaginable.
Is Steven Spielberg right about comic book movies?
As mentioned in the above EW article, Snyder’s comments were a reaction to Steven Spielberg‘s recent comments saying that superhero films would eventually go the way of the Western — hence, they’ll stop being so popular.
“There will be a time when the superhero movie goes the way of the Western,” Spielberg told the Associated Press, while promoting his fall movie, Bridge of Spies. “Right now the superhero movie is alive and thriving. I’m only saying that these cycles have a finite time in popular culture. There will come a day when the mythological stories are supplanted by some other genre that possibly some young filmmaker is just thinking about discovering for all of us.”
Snyder’s reaction would suggest he didn’t read the second half of Spielberg’s quote about mythological stories being supplanted by some other genre — because it’s the mythological aspect of Batman and Superman that Snyder pointed to as a defense of that. So, in other words, “flavor of the week” films like Ant-Man won’t be around but Batman and Superman will always be around.
I suppose both Snyder or Spielberg could be right, but I wish Snyder was aware of the second part of Spielberg’s quote. Also, these “flavor of the month” Marvel movies consistently make more money and are better received critically than pretty much anything Snyder has done. I agree that because of the sheer volume and amount of superhero films Marvel has made that their no longer as special as they were maybe 5 years ago, but the superhero genre shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon, especially MCU.
There are plenty of reasons to be both skeptical and excited about Dawn of Justice, I guess we’ll just have to wait. In the meantime, I don’t think anyone associated with BvS should be bragging about how more serious their film is compared to Marvel films.[yop_poll id=”8″]