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Zachary Edward "Zack" Snyder (born 1 March 1966) is an American director, producer and screenwriter known for his stylized action movies with [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome damn gorgeous cinematography]], [[{{Overcrank}} slow motion sequences]] and [[ColorWash dark and gloomy palettes]], and for creating almost shot-for-shot adaptations of comic books.

His biggest directorial challenge to date undoubtedly lied in the form of starting the Creator/WarnerBros[=/=]Creator/DCComics's [[SharedUniverse shared movie universe]] - the Film/DCExtendedUniverse (which is also referred to as the ''Justice League Universe'' in some promotional avenues, or the "Snyderverse" by people within Warner Brothers and fans). He and his wife, Deborah, are otherwise co-producing other films in that setting via their society, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruel_and_Unusual_Films Cruel and Unusual Films]].

Snyder left the post-production work of ''Film/{{Justice League|2017}}'' in May 2017 [[TearJerker after the death of his daughter Autumn]] in March of that year, and Creator/JossWhedon took over. His involvement in future DC film projects remains uncertain.
!!Zack Snyder's credits include:
* ''Film/{{Dawn of the Dead|2004}}'' (2004) - Directed
* ''Film/ThreeHundred'' (2007) - Directed and wrote the script
** ''Film/ThreeHundredRiseOfAnEmpire'' (2014) - Produced and wrote the script
* ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' (2009) - Directed
* ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfTheGuardiansTheOwlsOfGaHoole'' (2010) - Directed
* ''Film/SuckerPunch'' (2011) - Directed, produced and wrote the script
* Film/DCExtendedUniverse (2013–present):
** ''Film/ManOfSteel'' (2013) - Directed
** ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' (2016) - Directed
** ''Film/{{Wonder Woman|2017}}'' (2017) - Produced, wrote the story and had a cameo
** ''Film/{{Justice League|2017}}'' (2017) - Directed principal photography and wrote the story. Creator/JossWhedon wrote and directed additional scenes.
* ''Film/SnowSteamIron'' (2017) - Short film he wrote and directed.

!!Tropes common in Zack Snyder's films:

* AdrenalineTime: His usage of this in ''300'' popularized it to the point of parody. His usage of this in ''Watchmen'' has all but crowned him as a king of this trope, for better or for worse.
* ArtImitatesArt: He studied art history in school and is a trained painter. He storyboards his own films, which are packed with references to classic art.
* AuthorAppeal:
** His take on Superman shows him trying to save his adopted mother. Given that Zack Snyder lost his own mother some years before, this may be a personal fantasy for him.
** Creator/JohnBoorman's ''Film/{{Excalibur}}'', Snyder's favorite film, will be homaged in some way.
** Many of his films also focus on parental relationships, both positive and negative, and their effects on the protagonists.
* ColorWash: Even back in the ''Dawn of the Dead'' remake, Snyder was playing around with the color palette of his films. A hell of a lot.
* CreatorThumbprint:
** Aside from the pretty imagery, slow motion shows up a lot in his films, especially firearms shooting and ammunition cartridge cases falling.
** Visual references to ''Film/{{Excalibur}}'' as well as visual references to [[UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance Renaissance]] and classical art (especially works of art that were based on Litarature/TheBible).
* {{Fanservice}}: He's quite fond of drawing attention to his actors' impressive physiques, especially the men.
* HeroicBuild: From the Spartans to Dr. Manhattan, Superman, Batman and Aquaman, expect plenty of beefcake, and shots highlighting it in all its glory.
* NiceGuy: Despite the cynical and dark world he depicts, some of his movies' characters still remain nice guys, such as Superman and Nite Owl, even though they ''really'' have hard times coping with their world.
* {{Overcrank}}: A prominent user of slow-motion.
* RewatchBonus: A few of his films, most notably ''Film/SuckerPunch'' and ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' have elements that only become apparent on a second or third viewing. Or more.
* SceneryPorn: Arguably his main trademark. Shown most prominent in ''300'', ''Legend of the Guardians'', ''Sucker Punch'', and his DC Extended Universe films.
* ShoutOut: Creator/JohnBoorman's ''Film/{{Excalibur}}'', with its striking dreamlike and painterly visuals, was one of the movies which inspired him to become a filmmaker. Thus, homages to Myth/KingArthur and Mordred's MutualKill have shown up in ''300'' and ''Batman v Superman''.
* ShowDontTell: A firm believer in this. His films have a huge emphasis on visual storytelling and crucial plot points, backstory and character motivations are often conveyed without dialogue.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Varies depending on the project.
** ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfTheGuardiansTheOwlsOfGaHoole'', ''Film/ManOfSteel'', and maybe even ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' run more on the idealistic end of the scale.
** ''Film/ThreeHundred'', ''Film/DawnOfTheDead'' and ''Film/SuckerPunch'' are probably more on the cynical end.
* TechnicianVsPerformer: Snyder is a Performer through and through. A lot of criticism gear towards his work is often the lack of logic in characters' actions, blocking, or cinematography ([[Film/SuckerPunch why did the light bulb get destroyed when Baby Doll's sister is the one who got shot?]]). But it rears right back to people praising those same issues for being remarkable beautiful as well as effectively emotional.
* UnreliableNarrator:
** ''300'': This movie based on the RealLife Battle of Thermopylae is rife with fantastical elements like giant wolves, goat men, and God-Kings. So naturally, the entire film is actually a story being told by a Spartan to pump up an army that is about to face off against a massive Persian enemy.
** ''Sucker Punch'': Three levels of reality being juggled by a traumatized girl as she is admitted to an asylum. Despite her status as the protagonist, the girl is not the narrator, who is actually a separate character that also may or may not be an actual real person.
** ''Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'': An InUniverse version where a testifying witness of Superman's supposed heat-vision-fueled rampage turns out to have been lying the whole time. It soon spreads a [[MaliciousSlander nasty spiral of distrust around Superman]], with devastating results.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: If the heroes of Snyder's films have {{Heroic Build}}s, their shirt's gotta come off at least once. Unless they're Spartans, which means they're shirtless ''all the time''.