Thursday, 18 September 2014

Who is Batman V Superman Director, Zack Snyder?

 Let's face it, when you get hired for a job, your employer needs to see your previous work history to determine your competence, experience and so on. So let's examine why this "super" director was chosen to resurrect the Superman character on the big screen and understand why Zack Snyder truly is the man for the job.

Zack Snyder was born on March 1, 1966 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA as Zachary Edward Snyder. He is a director and producer, known for 300 (2006), Sucker Punch (2011) and Man of Steel (2013). He has been married to Deborah Snyder since September 25, 2004. He was previously married to Denise Snyder.

  • Dawn of the Dead (2004) - Director
  • 300 (2006) - Director, Producer, Writer
  • Watchmen (2009) - Director
  • Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010) - Director
  • Sucker Punch (2011) - Director, Producer, Writer
  • Man of Steel (2013) - Director
  • 300: Rise of An Empire (2014) - Writer
  • Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) - Director, Writer


[on Man of Steel (2013)] I think it's drawing on all mythology; comic book, religion, ancient, philosophical.
[on the Superman character] All the movies I've made, I've made with a slight bit of irony. Not even a slight bit. A fair amount. But the ironic part of [ 'Man of Steel'] is that it's not ironic. You know what I mean? No tongue in cheek, no winking at the camera, no apologies. It's Superman. He deserves that. In my mind, we really had to act as if no films had been made. It's like we just found this comic book lying on the ground under a bed, and we were like, This would be a cool movie.
[For me] Superman is this adopted son, this immigrant story, this guy trying to find his place in the world. What's his purpose, what is he supposed to do, how is he supposed to be?
[promoting Watchmen (2009) and before he was hired for Man of Steel (2013)] In this world, if Superman really existed, he'd grab all the world leaders together in a room and say, 'Behave or I'll kill you.'
Flamboyant visual style using a combination of dynamic compositions, highly-saturated color schemes and visual effects.
Often speeds-up and slows-down motion during action sequences (300 (2006), Watchmen (2009)).
Slow motion shots of a fist punching a cheek
Movies have very high body counts, sometimes accompanied with widespread metropolitan destruction (Watchmen, Man of Steel). '300' alone has an estimated body count of 585.
Films generally deal with the tragic nature of heroism.
Turned down a chance to direct S.W.A.T. (2003) because it wouldn't be rated R.
Attended Art Center College of Design at Pasadena, California.
Studied visual art at Heatherlys School of Fine Art in Chelsea, London.
Directed a commercial for Subaru WRX. He used it in his debut, Dawn of the Dead (2004), as the commercial before the "Special Report" on TV.
2007 - Ranked #25 on EW's The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood.
Was interested in directing X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) but later turned it down, because he was too busy working on Watchmen (2009).
Dubbed "The Wizard" by journalist/filmmaker Chad Clinton Freeman.
He has two children with line producer Kirsten Elin.
Was 37 years old when he directed his first feature length film.
He is a very big fan of the Superman series Smallville (2001) and has included references to it in his Superman film Man of Steel (2013).

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