Zachary Edward Snyder Curated
American film director, producer, and screenwri...
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Weren't you afraid about how do fans receive it when you were changing the well known basic story line in Man of Steel?
Share something about the process of selecting Henry for the lead role in Man of Steel, from audition to the final decision.
Why Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel?
Why do you love to shoot in Vancouver so much?
Who among the five lead girls in Sucker Punch surprised you the most?
How did you know that those new girls you chose could handle their roles with all that physical training involved in the movie Sucker Punch?
Why did you pick who you did with the five girls in Sucker Punch?
Share one party trick that you would personally classify as a superhero part of Europe.
Do you have plans to cast any Irish talent in your projects?
Why did you think that Zod is the perfect villain for Man of Steel?
Where did you draw your inspiration from for creating the concept of Krypton and its technology etc.?
Why did you emphasize so much on 'Krypton' in Man of Steel?
Once you had the offer of the Man of Steel in hand, were you confident as you already turned comics into movies in the past like Watchmen or did you feel pressure?
What did you do once you accepted to make the Man of Steel? How did you proceed?
Say something about Gal Gadot's performance as Wonder Woman in Superman vs Batman.
What made you choose Jesse Eisenberg for the role of Lex Luthor?
What do you think Ben Affleck brought to the role of Bruce Wayne?
For a huge fan like you, what was it like having 3 of the most iconic superheroes and 2 of the most iconic villains in the same movie?
Were you surprised with the magnanimity of success you got with 300 movie as you didn't start that with such expectation?
What do you think when people comment 'Watchmen' is too wild or too sexy ?
Why did you decide to go against the tradition and let Batman kill someone in the picture?
Given the fact that Warner Bros won't let their main character keep down permanently, were you also thinking about the way of bringing Superman back when you were deciding to kill him?
There were many movies on Batman in past. But you focused more on Bruce Wayne in your scenes than any others over Batman. Any reason behind that ?
Do you think the darker side or evil version of Superman is more appealing to people? How do you love to see Superman personally?
What do you feel when you think about those amazing DC Characters and artists who play them?
Do you think your version of Justice League is related to rest of the DC Universe?
What is the kind of pressure you undergo while making such movies with huge fan bases?
How is it like working from home in quarantine as you used to work in huge suites of offices and editing bays at Warner Bros?
Don't you think you are breaking many rules including running time with the bold move of releasing ' The Snyder Cut' of Justice League that is longer than 3 hours?
Something about working on Justice League?
I think the nice thing about working on Justice League is that it is an opportunity to really blow the doors off of the scale and the bad guys and team-building and all the stuff that I think I could justify as a big, modern comic book movie, if that makes any sense.
Can you talk about working with Geoff Johns?
Yeah, Geoff and I have had a great working relationship, even on Batman v Superman, and on Wonder Woman we worked together really closely, and we have a project coming up that we want to do together… I can’t talk about that. His knowledge of comics is just crazy. He’s like an encyclopedia of comic books. Like I’ll be like, “Hey, is there a weird Lantern from –?” and he’ll be like, “You know…!” He’s just amazing about keeping everything in canon that I’ve not even heard of — he goes, “Yeah, it’s back!” Like we’ll look through some archive. You know, there’s DC-pedia, but he’s even crazier than that.
There have been reports that you were under more corporate pressure than normal while making Batman vs Superman. Has that been a more difficult film for you than you have hoped.
Yeah, I don’t think so. I would just say that, for me, Batman v Superman, I think there is a slight misconception about the shooting, anyway, about how much pressure there was on us and the pressure on the movie to perform in a certain way. From my point of view, and maybe just because I don’t know how to do it any other way, we make really personal movies. For me, anyway, I love the characters. I love comic books — maybe to a fault sometimes. Like, I dork out on these hardcore aspects of the comic books, because I’m a grownup and I love that part of it. I had a great time making the movie, and I don’t think that Warner Bros. when we were shooting the movie, that there was some sort of corporate mandate to get Batman and Superman in the movie. Chris and I kind of had that idea, and then it just so happened that that was a way toward Justice League — and it came along at a great time for us, as the studio was moving forward with the other DC titles and getting the DCU to exist.
Once you had a conversation with a female author who wrote a book on Rand. What was that all about?
That woman told me that during conservative regimes, Rand became very unpopular but during liberal regimes, she became popular again. Not because they’re looking for it, or afraid of it, it’s because of the seriousness with which Rand is viewed varies in regime and power. I think she’s incredible and insane and she’s always said story first, not regarding her politics. But it was easy for her to fall victim to her own popularity, and she drank her own Kool-Aid. She didn’t give a fuck. If she was alive right now she would’ve fucking murdered Donald Trump. She didn’t even like Reagan! She thought he was a nationalist. But I’m rambling now, sorry!
For years now, you wanted to adapt Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead. But it's still on hold. Why so?
The Fountainhead… It’s still important to me, but it’s a really touchy subject right now. People will think it’s hardcore right wing propaganda, but I don’t view it like that. I just think the story is super fun and crazy and melodramatic about architecture and sex. It’s about time we get a different president so we don’t take shit so seriously!
Say something about your wife, who also have been the producer for all of your films since 2006 with 300.
Being a producer is very difficult, I’m like, “Guys, this is the one that’s awesome!” She’s always talking about work, even when we were at dinner. I enjoy it, and I don’t mess with her opinions or her way of things and vice versa. We’re naturally supportive, always giving each other their voice.
Your views on Lois Lane character of a hero without superhuman strength, but serves a crucial purpose in both Man of Steel and Batman v Superman?
She [Lois] doesn’t need Superman or Clark, the fact that Clark likes her makes him smarter, cooler, better! The more badass Lois is, the better Clark gets. They are an amazing duo who needs each other, but Clark needs her more. You need Lois for a better story.
Did you think Wonder woman would've been done without you?
I don’t know! Maybe, maybe not… I just know that Wonder Woman was a unique and amazing opportunity. I’m happy and proud of the work behind the film. I’m happy that it worked out the way that it did.
Do you think Sucker Punch was a timely film, amidst #MeToo movement?
It was liable to happen. One day, the true director’s cut of the film would be released. Warner Bros heavily altered my original idea for Sucker Punch to make it more audience-friendly. To make them think they’ve had a great show, the movie got changed by the studio for the audience. The voiceover [in the beginning of the film] doesn’t address the actual injustices, but addresses the way the studio would want you to feel, and they don’t want to offend anybody. It’s self-empowering, but doesn’t challenge you the way it was supposed to. The voice over was a contrived post-production mechanism.
The general consensus from critics claimed that your film Sucker Punch was sexist. Do you feel they misinterpreted it?
I’m always shocked that it was so badly misunderstood. I always said that it was a commentary on sexism and geek culture. Someone would ask me, “Why did you film the girls this way?” And I’d say, “Well you did!” Sucker Punch is a fuck you to a lot of people who will watch it.
Was there another path that you considered before film making?
Pottery, maybe. Or a skilled laborer, like a carpenter. Mostly I would’ve worked in an advertising agency as I have always been good at selling. But that path would’ve been the evil version of my life.
Tell something about the support you got from your parents.
My father was like, ‘When are you gonna get a real job?’ But my mom always gave me the option that I could pursue filmmaking. Unlike my mother, my father wanted me to pursue a more grounded career path. He secretly hoped I would get accepted into the prestigious Williams College but I shrugged off the idea, saying that I am “super dyslexic” and while my father’s insistence for me to be an architect was nice, I didn’t feel I could do it.
Is there some influence of women on you while growing up ?
I grew up with really strong women. It feels natural that they [women] are, without effort, heroic. That’s inherently more interesting—the female perspective. My mom was an artist, she was an eccentric character who gave me the courage to pursue the life of being an artist.
Can you explain your fascination with the trope of women fighting back against authority figures, often male, and often, their abusers ?
It is interesting, Cinema is subconscious. Some of it is wish fulfillment, and revenge is an easy thing to feel. But pulling it back to another layer is another thing. In general, there is a physical challenge about the challenges between sexes. And that’s always motivated and fascinated me. I’ve wanted to level that playing ground. Maybe my mother gave it to me, but I have a deep respect for it. There’s a value in different points of views and a lack of freedom without them.