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Zachary Edward "Zack" Snyder (born 1 March 1966) is an American director, producer and screenwriter. He is well known for his stylized action movies with [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome damn gorgeous cinematography]], [[{{Overcrank}} slow motion sequences]] and [[ColorWash sometimes 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 kick-starting the Creator/WarnerBros[=/=]Creator/DCComics [[SharedUniverse shared movie universe]] - commonly referred to as Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse. He and his wife, Deborah, are co-producing films in that setting via their society, Creator/CruelAndUnusualFilms. He eventually left the post-production work of ''Film/{{Justice League|2017}}'' in May 2017 after the death of his daughter Autumn in March of that year. His involvement in directing future DC film projects remains uncertain.

Snyder's upcoming movie projects include an adaptation of the Creator/AynRand novel ''Literature/TheFountainhead'' and ''The Last Photograph''.
!!Zack Snyder's directing credits include:
* ''Film/{{Dawn of the Dead|2004}}'' (2004)
* ''Film/ThreeHundred'' (2007)
* ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' (2009)
* ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfTheGuardiansTheOwlsOfGaHoole'' (2010)
* ''Film/SuckerPunch'' (2011)
* Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse:
** ''Film/ManOfSteel'' (2013)
** ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' (2016)
** ''Film/{{Justice League|2017}}'' (2017) [[note]]Creator/JossWhedon wrote and directed reshoots that significantly reshaped the movie [[ExecutiveMeddling due to studio demands]], cutting out a lot of footage Snyder had filmed in the process.[[/note]]
* ''Superman 75th Anniversary'' (animated short, 2013)
* ''Film/SnowSteamIron'' (short film, 2017)

!!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 [[ParentalIssues 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 faces being punched, 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.
** Then you have the StockingFiller outfits of the lead actresses in ''Sucker Punch''.
* HeroicBuild: From the Spartans to Dr. Manhattan, Superman, Batman and Aquaman, expect plenty of beefcake, and shots highlighting it in all its glory.
* MythologyGag: His Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse movies are ''packed'' with visual and narrative references to multiple Creator/DCComics runs and other adaptations of these. A list can be found [[MythologyGag/DCExtendedUniverse here]].
* NiceGuy: Despite the cynical and dark worlds he depicts, some of Snyder's movie characters still remain nice guys at the core, such as Superman and Nite Owl, even though they ''really'' have a hard time coping with their world.
* {{Overcrank}}: A prominent user of slow-motion.
* ParentalIssues: A CreatorThumbprint of his, where almost every film he's done has something to do with parents.
** ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004'' has a survivor who is about to be a father. His devotion to his family [[spoiler:drives him insane as he's faced with his wife and his child's zombification]]. There's also another survivor whose daughter was a victim of the ZombieApocalypse.
** ''Film/ThreeHundred'' is about an entire ''society'' where the relationship between child and parent is complicated due to Sparta's goal of having a highly militaristic culture that is the most badass in all the world. At least three characters are shown to be [[WellDoneSonGuy "Well Done Son!" Guys]] who wish to impress their fathers or father figures.
** ''Film/SuckerPunch'': Baby Doll is a recently orphaned teenager who is adopted by an abusive and power-hungry uncle.
** ''Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse'': Superman had a complicatedly strained relationship with his adoptive father Jonathan Kent, Batman's parents were shot dead ([[DeathByOriginStory duh]]), Wonder Woman feels restricted by her mother Hippolyta, Aquaman feels abandoned by his mother Atlanna, the Flash's father is in jail and discouraging his obsession with his mother's mysterious death, and Cyborg lost his mother and blames his father for his current condition. Lex Luthor is also rather cross about his father's mistreatment of him.
* 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.
* RuleOfSymbolism: He simply ''cannot'' make a movie without some sort of symbolism, one way or another. The obvious parallels to UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} in his representation of Superman are only the emerged part of that iceberg.
* SceneryPorn: 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.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: His movies always contain visual references the average moviegoer isn't necessarily aware of, be they related to sciences, Literature/TheBible, the arts or obscure Creator/DCComics details.
* 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''.