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YMMV / Zack Snyder

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  • Awesome Music: Wheter it's an original soundtrack or songs not composed for them, you can always expect his films to have amazing music that fits the films perfectly, courtesy of the likes of Brian Tyler or Hans Zimmer.
  • Better on DVD: The extended cuts of some of his films are often seen as superior to the theatrical versions.
  • Broken Base:
    • Whether or not he was the right person to start the DC Extended Universe and direct the Justice League film due to his unconventional take on superhero genre storytelling and visuals, with passionate arguments on both sides.
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    • In general whether or not he's a good filmmaker who takes more flak than he really deserves or a glorified TV commercial/music video director who got lucky. Compare Tarsem Singh, Hype Williams, Alex Proyas and Michael Bay, fellow visuals-heavy directors with similar career paths, mixed critical reception, and cult followings.
  • Creator Worship: As divisive as his movies can be, he has a very devoted fandom for consistently making visually stunning movies and stories that set them apart from more conventional comic book movie fare. It grew especially bigger as the extent of the Executive Meddling-enforced changes on Justice League was revealed in the years that followed the film's release.
  • Critical Dissonance: His filmography in a nutshell is this. While they received ok-to-negative reviews from critics, audiences tend to enjoy his films much more and they tend do well in the box office as a result.
    • The exceptions to this are Dawn of the Dead, which critics favored much more, 300, which did OK with critics and was a hit with audiences, and Sucker Punch, which was both a critical and commercial failure.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • One between his fans and those of Christopher Nolan. Several of Nolan's fans accused Snyder of superficially emulating the dark tone and grittiness of Nolan's The Dark Knight at the expense of characterization and insightfullness. It didn't help matters that Nolan's films were widely praised while Snyder's were more polarizing, and Snyder himself once infamously rejected the notion that the Dark Knight movies were dark because Batman could get prison raped in his version.
      • And this is despite the fact that Nolan helped protect Snyder against Executive Meddling on Man of Steel. Nolan and Snyder have professional respect for each other, and the former trusted the latter to make a unique Superman film from the get go, which, whatever one may say about it, he did.
    • To a larger extent, there's a rivalry between his fans and those of the other directors involved in the DCEU. Some of Snyder's more zealous fans claim that the other filmmakers are "selling out" for being lighter than Snyder's movies. Fans of the other movies (or fans of all DCEU movies) have pointed out that these directors made their films lighter by their own volition, and that not only was Snyder supportive of their choices, he also had much talks with them so the characters would align with what was established in his films (with the exception of Joss Whedon, who made heavy changes out of Executive Meddling). He also gave advices to Patty Jenkins for the direction of action scenes on Wonder Woman.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: As noted above, there have been quite a lot of people who think that Snyder should stop making DC Comics movies. Then he stepped down from Justice League... albeit because he wanted to spend more time with his family following his daughter's suicide, likely not wanting to commit to additional months of reshoots of stuff he would never have wanted to add note  and relieve himself of the pressure of Executive Meddling.
    • Snyder said that he had to come out and explain himself instead of just exiting quietly as he'd wanted because of the media frenzy and particularly the backlash that would surely result. He said that he was aware of the things people are saying about him, but he was past caring about it. Many of his more vitriolic critics who've launched rather ugly personal attacks in the past and would have otherwise mocked and rejoiced over his exit weren't feeling very amused after all that.
  • He Really Can Act: His films have a lot of this. As divisive as they can be, most people agree that he's extremely good at casting. Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach in Watchmen, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman and Ben Affleck as Batman in the DC Extended Universe are some of the best examples.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Some of his fans have Photoshopped images of him as Jesus Christ or God.
    • Detractors tend to use such images to mock his actual fans and what they feel is heavy-handed and misplaced religious symbolism, in his DC films in particular.
    • Snyder's usage of Adrenaline Time is as memetic as Michael Bay's love of explosions, M. Night Shyamalan's plot twists or J. J. Abrams' Lens Flare. Anything with slow motion is bound to be jokingly referred to as being directed by him.
  • Misblamed: The general belief among detractors is that if something goes wrong in the DCEU, it must be Snyder's fault, even if it's something he couldn't possibly have had that much of a say in or even any involvement at all (like the scenes not made by him in the theatrical version of Justice League, which are the result of Executive Meddling). By contrast, anything that goes right is attributed to someone else (see how many times the fact that he cast Gal Gadot is brought up). His reputation for this is so bad some people have even tried to blame him for stuff they don't like in the Arrowverse, Krypton and Titans, none of which he has any involvement in whatsoever.
  • Scapegoat Creator:
    • He received the brunt of negativity once Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice came out. It wasn't until the Ultimate Edition was released that a lot of the blame was lifted from his shoulders and directed at Warner Bros., as it was their decision to cut scenes that disrupted the flow of the narrative. While people still dispute over the story he wanted to tell and its tone, it's only fair to acknowledge that he didn't get to show it the way he really wanted... until Justice League, that is.
    • Related to the above, screenwriters like David S. Goyer or the influence of people like Christopher Nolan or Geoff Johns somehow don't exist in most talks about Snyder's DCEU movies, while these people had creative input on the films as well.
    • He was this even before the production of Justice League began, mostly as a result of the backlash to Batman v Superman which was so severe, that Snyder went out of his way to reassure reporters and observers that this film would have a lighter tone, and even showed clips and trailers very early in production to Win Back the Crowd. The success of Wonder Woman also led many to argue that DCEU would be better without him (despite the fact that he had creative involvement in it, as Patty Jenkins could attest), and it took for news of his family tragedy to silence this bad reputation. Snyder ultimately left the film before production completed in the wake of his daughter's suicide. Reshoots were handled without his input by Joss Whedon, amidst an extreme case of Executive Meddling, and to very polarizing results.
  • Vindicated by History: Seems to happen with most of his films.
    • For example, when his adaptation of Watchmen was previously released it had a mixed reception with certain critics saying it seemed to justify Alan Moore's disdain towards adaptions of his work (while Moore actually said that no other media than comic books can do justice to his works no matter what studios try to do). Following the release of the director's cut, the reception would soon turn positive with critics and fan praising the film for its faithfulness to the graphic novel.
    • A similar fate would come to Sucker Punch which suffered a much harsher reception than Watchmen. Many critics accused it of being style over substance, as well of having sexist undertones, and the film was an outright flop. However, following the release of its extended cut, Sucker Punch found a better reception from critics and audiences alike, with quite a few recognizing it as being a misunderstood ambitious film.
    • The extended cut of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had a number of reviews pointing it out as the superior version of the film.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: No matter what anyone thinks of his films, everyone agrees that most of them do look stunning.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: He's quite known for his unconventional casting choices that provoke this response, with Ben Affleck as Batman and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor probably being the most famous examples. Although many of these tend to be praised post-release, such as Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach and Ben Affleck as Batman.


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