Old interview with Zack Snyder raises new questions

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An 8-year-old interview with director Zack Snyder may give us better insight on to why Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice came out the way it did. In 2008, Snyder interviewed with Entertainment Weekly in regards to his adaptation of The Watchmen. During this interview, Snyder talks about the types of comics he read in his youth.

“I came to comic books through my mother. I loved fantasy art — I love Frank Frazetta [the famed illustrator known for adult-oriented, sword-and-sorcery, and sci-fi imagery]. I went to boarding school. You weren’t allowed too many posters up, and everything I set up was slightly inappropriate. Frazetta’s naked girls, ripped up guys — the kids were like, ‘what the hell?!’ They had their Boy George posters up, I had crazy Frazetta. My mother saw I was into this comic called Heavy Metal magazine, so she got me a subscription. You could call it ‘high-brow’ comics, but to me, that comic book was just pretty sexy! I had a buddy who tried getting me into ‘normal’ comic books, but I was all like, ‘No one is having sex or killing each other. This isn’t really doing it for me.’ I was a little broken, that way. So when Watchmen came along, I was, ‘this is more my scene.’”

The Watchmen comics were known to be edgy and to have a darker tone than most other DC counterparts, so it is no surprise that Snyder brought exactly that to the table when directing The Watchmen movie. If Zack Snyder decided to direct a tamer version of that film, it probably wouldn’t have been an accurate depiction of the characters. Snyder included some of the more memorable scenes from the comics, like Rorschach murdering Gerald Anthony Grice, and the rape scene between the Comedian and Silk Spectre. By doing so, he accurately depicted the Watchmen in the way they were originally intended.

Flash forward to the present, and Snyder is receiving criticism for his cinematic adaptation of Batman vs Superman, which is based off one of those “normal” comics he had no interest in reading. Could the mixed reviews be because of his depictions of the characters?

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***Spoilers ahead*** In Man of Steel, Snyder has Superman snap the neck of General Zod, an act that should have been used to give birth to his “No Killing” rule, but instead he is very ready to kill Batman in the Dawn of Justice. Even Batman, whose entire existence revolves around serving justice without killing, is seen taking multiple lives, almost including that of Superman. Is this an accurate depiction of these characters?

In Snyder’s interview with Entertainment Weekly, he goes on to describe just how dark his adaptations really could get.

”Everyone says that about [Christopher Nolan’s] Batman Begins. ‘Batman’s dark.’ I’m like, okay, ‘No, Batman’s cool.’ He gets to go to a Tibetan monastery and be trained by ninjas. Okay? I want to do that. But he doesn’t, like, get raped in prison. That could happen in my movie. If you want to talk about dark, that’s how that would go.”

It is hard to say if that was still how Zack Snyder intends to portray the Dark Knight. It does, however, give us some idea of the direction he was trying to go with his recent film. While a darker and more violent film might seem to work for a great number of movies, does it really work for the DC Cinematic Universe? Let us know your thoughts on whether or not Snyder should continue to depict the DC Universe in this way.

Click here for the original interview between Zack Snyder and Entertainment Weekly.

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