Well, we have good news and bad news for those who feel Zack Snyder is a terrible influence on the DCEU. The good news is that it seems that he has given the other directors such as James Wan (directing ‘Aquaman’) a lot of freedom in their own movies to have the visual style and stories that they want to tell (which is most likely why ‘Suicide Squad‘ looks awesome – little involvement from Snyder). The bad news is that the man truly is the defining vision behind the DCEU, and most of the characters that will be spun off into their own movies will first be appearing in a Snyder film (‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice,’ ‘Justice League Part 1,’ or ‘Justice League Part 2’) which means he will be the one to set up their distinctive visual look and set their stories in motion, leaving the directors/writers of the solo movies the hard task of trying to make sense of the insanity that Snyder throws into his movies.
However, James Wan, at least, is perfectly fine with Snyder setting up ‘Aquaman,’ as he stated:
“Well, I think the story that I would like to tell is still at the end of the day my story. And that’s what’s cool with Zack, is that he’s actually very respectful of that. He’s actually helping me out in some ways with certain things that he’s doing with his [films] so that I can have better groundwork with the standalone Aquaman story.“
I personally hope that Warner Bros, after seeing the results of this past weekend and the reviews of ‘BVS’ will reconsider the kind of freedom they give Snyder, and allow filmmakers like Wan the ability to operate almost entirely without Snyder’s direction, as the man clearly is not in tune with a lot of the fans, and has yet to deliver a quality movie based on the DC characters that we all know and love. (even if you do not hate ‘Batman V Superman,’ you know it’s not even close to being one of the best movies ever made about comic book characters. And those characters deserve a quality film). What are your thoughts on Snyder’s reign of terror over the DCEU? Do you think he deserves a third chance to prove himself, or should he be reigned in? Share your opinions in the comments below!
Nick is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles, who belongs to the privileged few who enjoyed the ending to ‘Lost.’ For more of Nick’s thoughts and articles, follow him on Twitter.