Zackary Edward "Zack" Snyder (born 1 March 1966) is an American director and screenwriter known for stylized action movies with damn gorgeous cinematography and dark and gloomy palettes and for creating almost shot-for-shot adaptations of comics. True Art Is Incomprehensible is his thing, as are Unreliable Narrators.His biggest directorial challenge to date undoubtedly lies in the form of helming the Warner Bros./DC Comics's shared movie universe - the DC Extended Universe (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 producing all the other films in that setting.Snyder left the post-production work of Justice League in May 2017 after the death of his daughter Autumn in March, it is now headed by Joss Whedon.
Zack Snyder's credits include:
- Dawn of the Dead (2004) - Directed
- 300 (2007) - Directed
- 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) - Wrote the script.
- Watchmen (2009) - Directed
- Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010) - Directed
- Sucker Punch (2011) - Directed
- DC Extended Universe (2013–present):
Tropes common in Zack Snyder's films:
- Adrenaline Time: 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.
- Art Imitates Art: He studied art history in school and is a trained painter. He storyboards his own films, which are packed with references to classic art.
- Author Appeal: 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 Thumbprint: Aside from the pretty imagery, slow motion shows up a lot in his films.
- Color Wash: 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.
- Heroic Build: From the Spartans to Superman, Batman and Aquaman, expect plenty of Rated M for Manly beefcake, and shots lingering on it.
- Overcrank: A prominent user of slow-motion.
- Rule of Cool: Why were Spartans heading out to fight individually when their king, who also does this, specifically noted that they worked in a Phalanx? Because it's friggin' cool. Why was a teenage girl fighting giant demonic, gattling gun-wielding samurai with a katana? Because, again, it's cool.
- Scenery Porn: Prominent in 300, Legend of the Guardians, Sucker Punch, and his DC Extended Universe films.
- Unreliable Narrator:
- 300: This movie based on the Real Life 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 In-Universe 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 nasty spiral of distrust around Superman, with devastating results.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: If the heroes of Snyder's films have Heroic Builds, their shirt's gotta come off at least once. Unless they're Spartans, which means they're shirtless all the time.