Zack Snyder

An Attempt to Explain the Utterly Inexplicable San Diego Comic-Con

There are certain traditions that have snuck into our popular culture so quietly and casually that we don’t stop to think how ridiculous they are, and the San Diego Comic-Con (which concluded Sunday) is one of them. Just try explaining it sometime to someone who doesn’t know anything about comic conventions or blockbuster marketing: “Oh, well, it’s a big gathering for fans of comic books and genre films and television and basically all of the expensive things that Hollywood does. They all pack into a California convention center in July — some of them in costume as their favorite characters — and wait in ridiculously long lines so they can go into giant convention halls and geek out over things that haven’t come out yet, but which they think will be cool.” … Read More

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Let’s Unpack Zack Snyder’s Ugly, Mean-Spirited Terry Gilliam Slam

Being Zack Snyder sounds like a pretty sweet gig. He is, after all, a fabulously wealthy and commercially successful director who convinced Warner Brothers to hand him the keys to the DC kingdom. His entrance into it, Man of Steel, was the fifth-highest-grossing movie of last year, and his production company is releasing a sequel to his monster 2007 hit 300 — all of this in spite of the fact that his movies are borderline unwatchable. And yet, given the opportunity, the filmmaker just can’t resist taking the piss out of Terry Gilliam, which is one more reason why Zack Snyder is terrible. … Read More

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Update: The Superman and Batman Movie is Inspired by Frank Miller’s ‘The Dark Knight Returns’


It’s looking like a showdown between Supes and Batman, according to Slash Film. The film… Read More

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‘Man of Steel’ Is the Superman of This Moment — Unfortunately

Every generation gets the Superman it deserves. In the 1950s, it was the square-jawed George Reeves, maneuvering slipshod sets to save a Metropolis as black-and-white as the TVs it was broadcast on. When Superman: The Movie was released in 1978, it followed, and played as an antidote to, a troublesome period in which people no longer trusted or even felt they could rely on their government; Superman was a clear-cut force for good in an era where those seemed in short supply. His subsequent television incarnations were less about the character than the entertainment of the era, be it the faux-screwball romantic comedy (Lois & Clark) or the soapy, coming-of-age melodrama (Smallville). Bryan Singer’s 2006 Superman Returns clung to nostalgia, while the character’s new reboot, Man of Steel, finds him the denizen of a cheerless world defined by its own fear. … Read More

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Everything We Know About ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ So Far

News dropped yesterday that Man of Steel director Zack Snyder will be directing a new Star Wars movie, but it’ll be a stand-alone film based on the Seven Samurai, not the first in Disney’s planned trilogy of sequels. A few hours later his spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter that it simply wasn’t so: “While he is super-flattered because he is a huge fan, Zack is not involved in any way with the new Star Wars. He is currently in post on his two films, Man of Steel and 300: Battle of Artemisia.”

Confusing right? If you’re like us, then you’re having trouble keeping track of all of the recent Star Wars news. If Zack Snyder isn’t directing Episode VII — or the standalone film, for that matter — then who is? When’s it coming out? Will Carrie Fisher come back? And most importantly, will it at least be better than Phantom Menace? Here’s everything George Lucas, Disney, and others have let slip about what could be the most hotly anticipated movie since, well, the last Star Wars. … Read More

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