Earlier this week, Warner Bros. announced that, despite speculation involving several other potential names (including new Batman star Ben Affleck), the upcoming ‘Justice League’ team-up movie will be directed by Zack Snyder. Is this a good decision? Tell us your opinion.
In a lot of ways, this only makes sense. Snyder of course directed the Superman reboot ‘Man of Steel‘, which was pretty successful at the box office, and is currently working on the sequel to that, the tentatively-titled ‘Superman vs. Batman’. In fact, the latter is confirmed to feature cameos from so many other famous DC Comics superhero characters that it sounds like it’s practically a Justice League movie already. Letting Snyder helm the official ‘Justice League’ film would allow him to complete a trilogy, and franchises like this love trilogies.
On the other hand, a lot of viewers disliked Snyder’s ‘Man of Steel’. It was one of the most divisive superhero movies in years.
I finally caught up with ‘Man of Steel’ on Blu-ray a few months ago. Perhaps because I’d lowered my expectations to practically nil, I didn’t find it as bad as I thought it would be. Yes, it has some serious scripting problems and features far too much pointless action spectacle just for the sake of having pointless action spectacle, but at least it’s not as deadly dull as Bryan Singer’s dud ‘Superman Returns‘ and doesn’t turn Clark Kent into a creepy emo stalker. So, at least on that level, it was an improvement. I didn’t love it, but I also didn’t hate it.
Still, Snyder isn’t the first director who’d be at the top of my wish list for ‘Justice League’. I think this project needs a filmmaker with a better storytelling sense, and the ability to wrangle multiple storylines from a large cast of characters. Honestly, Affleck might have been an interesting choice. (In the wake of his casting as Batman, many industry watchers speculated that he’d only accepted the role as a bargaining chip toward a future directing gig.)
If you aren’t happy about Zack Snyder directing ‘Justice League’, who do you think should have gotten the job?