For a long time, the comic book industry was defined by the dominance of DC Comics and its smaller and less popular rival, Marvel Comics. Today, the tables have turned, at least on a cinematic level, as the MCU films dominate the box office and the DCEU is still struggling to find its footing. Zack Snyder, who is preparing for the launch of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, recently explained how his view of the DCEU differs from that of the MCU.
“It’s obvious that I take these characters and their mythology very seriously. I want them to fully realize themselves as characters, who exist in that world. I don’t think it’s great to have fun at their expense. And there was a vision that we had, a complete, fully developed universe that we really wanted to see through to the end. I knew it before BvS, when we did Iron Man. Wonderful is doing something else. They are doing, at the highest level, this popular action comedy with heart. And they have it nailed. An effort to duplicate that is insane because they are so good at it. What DC had was mythology on an epic level, and we were going to take them on this incredible journey. Frankly, I was the only one who said that. “
It can be argued that the reason the MCU movies are so popular is because the franchise treats its heroes as ordinary and familiar people rather than mythical and great characters. But Snyder has always stayed true to his particular vision of DC heroes in the face of a barrage of criticism from critics and the general public. When asked if he himself would want to take the MCU approach to comic book movies one day, the filmmaker had a firm answer.
“No, not at all. I don’t know how to hit a ball differently than I do. A director has one skill: your point of view. That’s all you have. If you’re trying to imitate another way of making a movie , then you’re on a slippery slope. “
The upshot of Snyder sticking to his singular vision is that, three years after the theatrical version of League of Justice was released, fans of the filmmaker campaigned for Snyder to return to finish his version of the film, which will debut in a few days on HBO Max. Clearly, Snyder has found an audience eager for his particular vision of the DCEU, even if the franchise has now drifted away from that vision as a whole.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Ray Porter as Darkseid, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and JK Simmons as Commissioner Gordon. The film hits HBO Max on March 18. This news comes courtesy of The Times of New York City.
Topics: Justice League, Snyder Cut, HBO Max, Streaming, Avengers