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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]] and [[ColorWash dark and gloomy palettes]], and for creating almost shot-for-shot adaptations of comics. TrueArtIsIncomprehensible is his thing, as are {{Unreliable Narrator}}s.

His biggest directorial challenge to date undoubtedly lies in the form of helming 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 producing all the other films in that setting.

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 gave the reins to Creator/JossWhedon. His involvement in future DCEU 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) - Wrote the story
** ''Film/{{Justice League|2017}}'' (2017) - Directed and wrote the story. Creator/JossWhedon supervised the post-production work.
* ''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.
* CreatorThumbprint: Aside from the pretty imagery, slow motion shows up a lot in his films.
* 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.
* HeroicBuild: From the Spartans to Superman, Batman and Aquaman, expect plenty of RatedMForManly beefcake, and shots lingering on it.
* {{Overcrank}}: A prominent user of slow-motion.
* RuleOfCool: 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.
* SceneryPorn: 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 KingArthur and Mordred's MutualKill have shown up in ''300'' and ''Batman v Superman''.
* 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''.