Creator / Zack Snyder

Zachary Edward "Zack" Snyder (born 1 March 1966) is an American director, producer and screenwriter known for his stylized action movies with damn gorgeous cinematography, slow motion sequences and 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 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 co-producing other films in that setting via their society, Cruel and Unusual Films.

Snyder left the post-production work of Justice League in May 2017 after the death of his daughter Autumn in March of that year, and Joss Whedon took over. His involvement in future DC film projects remains uncertain.

Zack Snyder's credits include:

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.
    • John Boorman's 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.
  • 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.
  • Creator Thumbprint:
    • 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 Excalibur as well as visual references to Renaissance and classical art (especially works of art that were based on The Bible).
  • Fanservice: He's quite fond of drawing attention to his actors' impressive physiques, especially the men.
  • Heroic Build: From the Spartans to Dr. Manhattan, Superman, Batman and Aquaman, expect plenty of beefcake, and shots highlighting it in all its glory.
  • Nice Guy: 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.
  • Rewatch Bonus: A few of his films, most notably Sucker Punch and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice have elements that only become apparent on a second or third viewing. Or more.
  • Scenery Porn: Arguably his main trademark. Shown most prominent in 300, Legend of the Guardians, Sucker Punch, and his DC Extended Universe films.
  • Shout-Out: John Boorman's Excalibur, with its striking dreamlike and painterly visuals, was one of the movies which inspired him to become a filmmaker. Thus, homages to King Arthur and Mordred's Mutual Kill have shown up in 300 and Batman v Superman.
  • Show, Don't Tell: 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.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Varies depending on the project.
  • Technician Vs Performer: 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 (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.
  • 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.