Zack Snyder has become one of the most controversial and scrutinised directors of our cinematic age. With a distinct and unique style, visually, the filmmaker was able to bring loved comic book stories to the screen, being faithful to source material, producing films like Watchmen and 300.
Zack Snyder’s success in both films ultimately led to DC/WB putting him at the helm of building a DC cinematic Universe to rival Marvel’s already established, and ever-growing one. An exciting prospect perhaps, but Snyder’s reboot of Superman Man of Steel received resentment from many fans regarding the film’s very different vision of the character.
The follow up that was Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was needless to say only more controversial. Arguments arose as to how well he is building the Universe, and if he is rushing establishing one to rival Marvel’s at the expense of adapting characters faithfully and creating quality final products, along with criticisms of the tone and visual style of the film. Accusations have been thrown around, but a general consensus was the appreciation of and love for Ben Affleck’s Batman. Snyder’s last shot at building this Universe lies dauntingly in Justice League, upon which the fate of the DCEU is resting.
Despite all the tennis style back and forth among fans concerning the director, James Cameron has come forth to praise Snyder’s filmmaking.
Responding in an interview to a question about which filmmakers inspired Cameron, he answered with the likes of Robert Rodriguez as well as Zack Snyder, both individual’s whose filmmaking style grabbed his attention. Both directors have in fact brought successful comic book adaptations to the screen; Rodriguez’s 2005 and 2006 Sin City films, based on the comic books by Frank Miller.
Cameron also name drops Tim Miller, a “friend” whose notable acclaims come from Deadpool, another superhero film. Interesting that Cameron is inspired by directors and filmmakers who have found success in the superhero cinematic realm, even saying he admires the visual language of comic books, but hasn’t yet created any such films himself.
Source: Comic Book Debate