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Zack Snyder

Zack Snyder [9]

Born:March 1, 1966 (55)
Filmography Rating:7.21 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.34 / 10
Amazon Rating:3.91 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:60.58%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Watchmen [2009](43) => Director
Watchmen: Director's Cut [2009](43) => Director / Commando in Vietnam (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Man of Steel [2013](47) => Director
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - Ultimate Edition [2016](50) => Director
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - Extended Cut [2016](50) => Director
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice [2016](50) => Director
Justice League [2017](51) => Director
Wonder Woman [2017](51) => U.S. Soldier (uncredited)
Zack Snyder's Justice League [2021](55) => Director / Person in a coffee shop (uncredited)

Trivia that mentions this person:
Watchmen [2009]
  • Zack Snyder cast Matt Frewer after working with him on Dawn of the Dead and Stephen McHattie after working with him on 300.
  • Terry Gilliam considered directing this film as early as 1989, but eventually determined the material unfilmable except as a 5-hour miniseries at a cost of $1,000,000 per page (with CGI not in use yet). Michael Bay was considered as director in 2003. After a brief stint with Paramount, Warner Brothers re-aquired the rights and hired Zack Snyder.
    X-Men Origins: Wolverine [2009]
  • Bryan Singer (who directed the first two X-Films), Brett Ratner (who directed the 3rd and previous X-Film), Len Wiseman, [?] Alexandre Aja, and Zack Snyder all expressed interest in directing the film before Gavin Hood was hired.
    Green Lantern [2011]
  • [?] Quentin Tarantino was considered to direct this film. Zack Snyder was approached to direct the film, but he turned down the offer due to his commitment on Watchmen. He would later accept the offer to direct the [Superman] reboot Man of Steel.
    Man of Steel [2013]
  • Both director Bryan Singer and actor Brandon Routh expressed interest in reprising their positions from Superman Returns on this film; Singer had originally outlined several sequels to follow his story, and Routh was contracted as well. When Warner Bros. announced this film as a "clean reboot" from Singer's film, Routh still expressed interest in returning before Zack Snyder declared that this movie would have no ties to any previous cinematic incarnation of the character.
  • Initially, the original ending was supposed to be Superman throwing Zod into the Phantom Zone, but Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer decided to have Superman killing Zod instead. Snyder proposed it in order to set up Superman's classic "never kill" motto. He wanted it to be brutal and jarring, so that it would forever keep in Superman's mind.
  • According to Zack Snyder, the filmmakers outfitted Henry Cavill in the Superman costume to see how well he fit the role. Despite the outfit bearing a lighter blue color and red trunks, no one laughed at Cavill. Snyder knew then that Cavill was right for the role.
  • Director Zack Snyder said that he really wanted to include a shirtless scene of star Henry Cavill in the film because throughout the film, you see him in a form-fitting body suit where he appears extremely muscular. He said the audience would think it was all rubber muscles, but it was important to show them it was indeed Henry Cavill's body in that suit and that it was all real.
    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - Ultimate Edition [2016]
  • According to Ben Affleck, he was surprised when he was offered the Batman role and was at first hesitant to commit to it. He was won over after a meeting with director Zack Snyder, who pitched Affleck his vision of Batman and showed him concept art for the film.
    Suicide Squad: Theatrical Version [2016]
  • Zack Snyder directed the flashback scene of The Flash apprehending Captain Boomerang.
    Wonder Woman [2017]
  • Patty Jenkins admitted that she didn't really think Gal Gadot would suit Wonder Woman at first. She had been previously cast by Zack Snyder who remained here as producer. However after paying attention to Gadot, Jenkins admitted she thought she was perfect for the role.
    Justice League [2017]
  • Director Zack Snyder and his wife producer [?] Deborah Snyder stepped down from finishing the film, after the suicide of Zack Snyder's daughter in March 2017. They tried to remain on the film as a way to work through the difficulty, but decided after two months to step away from the project to spend time with their family. Joss Whedon, who had signed on for Batgirl, took over as director, managing additional scenes that need to be included in the final cut. Warner Brothers stated that Joss would direct and write in the same style as Zack so there wouldn't be any tonal shifts or obvious changes in style. However, Joss Whedon controversially fired Zack Snyder's composer Junkie XL, and replaced him with Danny Elfman.
  • Zack Snyder and Ray Fisher both stated that Cyborg was going to be the heart of this film. However, when Joss Whedon was hired for reshoots, most of Cyborg's scenes were cut.
  • As an April Fool's Day joke, production said Zack Snyder had left the project and that George Miller would be taken up the directing duties. The feedback was quite positive. However, when Joss Whedon replaced Snyder due to the death of Snyder's daughter, feedback was sincerely sympathetic.
    Aquaman [2018]
  • Jason Momoa was surprised to be cast as Aquaman because the character in the comics is a blond-haired Caucasian man who actually looks a lot like his co-star Patrick Wilson. Zack Snyder wanted to break the barrier of not having any mixed-race heroes in the DC Universe's films and knew that Momoa was the only choice to play Aquaman.
  • Director James Wan confirmed that Atlanteans would not talk inside protective speech bubbles as portrayed by Zack Snyder in Justice League (2017). When asked about it, he said, "People are overthinking it. They're just gonna talk!"
    Watchmen: Director's Cut [2009]
  • Director Cameo with Zack Snyder: In the extended cut, as a U.S. soldier during the Vietnam Battle. He is on the chopper with the Comedian.
    Zack Snyder's Justice League [2021]
  • According to Zack Snyder, despite the film's cliffhanger ending, there won't be a sequel to elaborate the events, until Warner Bros. and/or AT&T decides otherwise.
  • Acording to producer [?] Deborah Snyder, Ezra Miller filmed his additional footage during his Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3 (2022) shooting, and was directed by Zack Snyder via Zoom. Ben Affleck and Jared Leto filmed their additional Batman-Joker scene separately.
  • The angel statue seen at the back of the graveyard, in which Cyborg digs up a grave is the same statue seen during the Comedian's funeral scene in Watchmen (2009), a film previously directed by Zack Snyder.
  • Zack Snyder threatened to quit from the film over a Green Lantern appearance at the post-credits scene. Snyder originally wanted Green Lantern John Stewart in his cut of Justice League, but Warner Bros. blocked it, saying they have plans for John Stewart and they want to do their own announcement. Both the studio and Snyder later settled on Martian Manhunter.
  • Zack Snyder's first original R-rated film not to contain any sexuality.
  • Both Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon, who oversaw the 2017 theatrical release as writer and director of reshot material, attended college with Michael Bay. Whedon attended Wesleyan University the same time as Bay had, and Snyder attended the Art Center School of Design in California at the same time as Bay.
  • Zack Snyder originally envisioned the movie to have a comparatively lighter tone than of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). He chose to lighten the mood of Justice League because of the backlash of BvS, where the critics criticized the realistic tone of that film.
  • Zack Snyder's Justice League is deemed the original version of Justice League, expected to reform the bridge of continuity between Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) (Ultimate Edition) and Aquaman (2018).
  • The movie's teaser has [?] Leonard Cohen's {"Hallelujah"} song in it - which was also used by director Zack Snyder previously in Watchmen (2009).
  • According to Zack Snyder, another black-and-white version of the film is on the way, containing an alternate ending.
  • Soon after the theatrical release of Justice League (2017), in which many fans and critics alike found the film an inaccurate representation of Zack Snyder's vision, the hashtag #ReleaseTheSnyderCut began to grow in popularity through social media in hopes of promoting a possible director's cut. Over the years since its inception, the "Release The [?] Snyder Cut" movement has helped gain traction all the way to Warner Bros. executives and even through raising money for numerous charities associated with suicide prevention and awareness. In May 2020, after a virtual Man of Steel (2013) watch party, Snyder officially announced the project with Henry Cavill.
  • Victor Stone/Cyborg was originally described as the "heart of the movie" by Zack Snyder and [?] Deborah Snyder, but Joss Whedon controversially cut most, if not all, of Cyborg's storyline for the theatrical version. Victor's plot line is restored in this version.
  • Ciarán Hinds's Steppenwolf is entirely redesigned for this film as Zack Snyder intended to. Even his voice is more intimidating and distorted than his voice in Justice League (2017). According to Weta Digital's [?] Simeon Duncombe and [?] Anders Langlands, as the film's Animation Supervisor and Visual Effects Supervisor, they were essentially going back to Snyder's original vision with the [?] Snyder Cut, revisiting all elements that were planned beforehand; thus, restoring the original vision rather than having to create something new. Steppenwolf's [?] Snyder Cut look was even clearly hinted in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).
  • Confirmed in an interview by [?] Deborah Snyder and Zack Snyder. The [?] Snyder Cut only has about five minutes total of new shot added scenes with actors but there are over 2,000 new visual effects shots in the four-hour film.
  • Despite directorial credits, Zack Snyder has never actually seen the theatrical cut of Justice League (2017). Reportedly, his wife [?] Deborah Snyder and his good friend and executive producer Christopher Nolan advised him to never see it, as it would "break his heart."
  • In order to keep full creative control and ensure that the fans receive the most benefit from the director's cut, Zack Snyder declined to be paid for finishing his "Justice League".
  • Dedicated in memory of Zack Snyder's daughter [?] Autumn Snyder (1996 - 2017). Her death is the reason Snyder stepped down from the production of Justice League (2017).
  • According to Zack Snyder, this version contains no shots filmed by Joss Whedon from the theatrical version of Justice League.