Zack Snyder is returning to zombie movies with the Netflix film Army of the Dead, set to star Dave Bautista. The story focuses on a heist in Las Vegas in the midst of a zombie outbreak – sort of like Ocean’s 11, with the walking dead. New info on the Army of the Dead characters has crawled its way online, offering a little more insight into what Snyder has in store with his next film.
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Dave Bautista couldn’t be happier that James Gunn is getting back behind the camera for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after Disney reversed their decision to fire the director of the cosmic Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise. But before he reprises the role of Drax the Destroyer, the wrestler turned actor will be working with another superhero filmmaker.
Dave Bautsita has joined the cast of Army of the Dead, the first directing gig for Zack Snyder after departing Justice League in the middle of post-production due to a family tragedy. So if you weren’t excited before, now you don’t really have an excuse. Read More »
Update: It’s been revealed that the Martha Wayne/Martha Kent “twist” mentioned below was, in fact, a joke on Snyder’s part. Hats off to Mr. Snyder, because I have to admit, the joke is pretty damn funny. You can watch him say it in a video below.
One of the most infamous scenes in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes near the end, when Batman and Superman have a big CGI smack-down in the rain. During the battle, Batman comes very close to murdering the Man of Steel, but stops when he learns that Supes’ mother is named Martha – which was also the name of Batman’s mother. It’s a moment that was meant to make the xenophobic Batman realize that Superman didn’t deserve his hatred, and while it might work in theory, the scene itself was met with derision.
Director Zack Snyder recently screened several of his movies for an audience, and took the time to discuss them at great length. During that discussion, the Batman v Superman Martha scene inevitably came up. Snyder also dropped some info on a huge, crazy twist that was briefly floated around the idea.
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The Avengers director Joss Whedon was brought in to finish Justice League after director Zack Snyder stepped away to deal with a family tragedy. The result was a mess of a movie that tried to distance itself from Snyder’s vision that began in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and take the DC Extended Universe in a different direction. The film didn’t land very well with critics and it also didn’t deliver the box office performance Warner Bros. was hoping for.
Ever since the messy version of Justice League hit theaters, fans of director Zack Snyder have been clamoring to see the director’s cut of the movie that would have resolved the Knightmare sequence which teased a dark future for not just Superman and Batman, but the entire planet. However, Zack Snyder revealed that the original version of the Justice League script never even made it in front of cameras. Read More »
Zack Snyder may be out of the superhero movie business for the time being, but he still has plenty of thoughts about the genre, and his own particular contributions to it. Over the weekend, Snyder hosted an event where he screened extended editions of several of his films (sorry, no #SnyderCut), and took part in a Q&A with the audience. During this time, Snyder shared his thoughts on his superhero movies – specifically touching on how his take on characters like Batman frequently end up murdering people.
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Zack Snyder, who somehow went from being a fascinating visual stylist to one of the biggest lightning rod filmmakers in Hollywood, has announced a three-day event in which he will showcase director’s cuts of three of his movies: Dawn of the Dead, Watchmen, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He’ll also be appearing in person to participate in Q&As, so hopefully someone will ask him about the mythical “Snyder Cut” of Justice League and we can finally close this chapter of our national history forever. Get the details about the event below. Read More »
The Snyder cut may be a thing of myth at this point, but it’s true that Zack Snyder originally had big plans for an entire Justice League trilogy. But those plans were scrapped when Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon was brought in, first to do rewrites on Snyder’s Justice League script and then to take over directing duties when Snyder had to exit due to a family tragedy. But now, more than a year after the release of Justice League, we’re learning from an unlikely source what that trilogy would have looked like.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 by Jacob Hall
Years before he was making massive superhero tentpoles, Zack Snyder broke into the film industry with Dawn of the Dead. That 2004 remake of the George Romero masterpiece had no right to be as good as it was – bloody, clever, and audacious, it was a roller coaster of a horror movie that has aged well and remains his best film.
Now, Snyder is returning to the genre with Army of the Dead, a high-concept action/horror movie that sounds like a blast. And like so many filmmakers these days, he’s making the project for Netflix.
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Whether fans like it or not, the DC Extended Universe as Zack Snyder envisioned will never fully come to fruition. Following the disappointing box office performance of Justice League, the slate of DC Comics movies on the way is starting to branch out from building a cinematic universe and trying out some new things, like the origin movie for The Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix.
Of course, Justice League heroes Wonder Woman and Aquaman are continuing on their path, even if Henry Cavill’s Superman may not be sticking around. But we still won’t be seeing what Zack Snyder originally envisioned for the characters, especially since there isn’t a Justice League follow-up in the works.
And that means we won’t get to see one of Snyder’s more bold decisions: to kill off Batman, something we’ve never seen done on the big screen before. Read More »