10 Reasons Why Zack Snyder Is A Terrible Choice To Direct Justice League

Todd-Spence by Todd-Spence on Apr. 28, 2014

The Justice League is happening whether you like it or not. Their first comic book appearance was back in 1960 and finally, after all of the years of waiting, it has been announced that a director has been hired to churn out sure to be one of the most highly anticipated movies ever.

Unfortunately it's this guy.

I have a laundry list as to why this will eventually lead to an extremely mediocre Justice League movie but for the sake of my own sanity, I'll limit myself to only the 10 best reasons why Zack Snyder should not direct this film. Such a damn shame too.

10. MAN OF STEEL IS THE WORST SUPERMAN MOVIE.

And that's after considering Quest For Peace.  Watching Man of Steel was like watching 90 car commercials in a row; flat, boring, but pretty to look at.  My argument as to why Man of Steel was really just a bland attempt at a Superman movie is a whole other article, but essentially he took one of the most recognizable characters in pop culture and made him as interesting as a door knob.  Brandon Routh had much more charisma in Superman Returns and that movie was pretty rough too. This leads me to my 2nd reason, but lets stay on track.

"I direct love scenes like I direct staring contests" - Probably Zack Snyder

9. DAWN OF THE DEAD WAS GREAT BECAUSE OF JAMES GUNN.

The Dawn of the Dead remake was awesome. A lot was going against it, especially since it was Snyder's first feature film, James Gunn was a relatively unknown writer to the * broader film going community (*I know, I know, he wrote for Troma. We all got it.) and it was a remake of a beloved horror classic by George Romero. So why was it so good? James Gunn went on to make incredible films like Slither and Super, two movies he wrote AND directed, that have way more humor and heart than any of Snyder's films since DOTD, something that has been missing in all of his films since. Sure, 300 was enjoyable, which brings me to...

8. 300 WAS ONLY GOOD BECAUSE IT WAS RATED R.

"But Todd, 300 was good!" 300 was also rated R, for great reason. Do you think it would have been half as entertaining without all of the bloody visuals? I don't think so. After you take away the beheadings, stabbings, bludgeonings, beatings, nudity, more nudity and crazy deaths, you have 117 minutes of dudes camping. And City Slickers is a way better movie for that.

7. ZACK SNYDER CAST BEN AFFLECK AS BATMAN.

Good God, what an awful choice for Batman. What a staggeringly bad choice. Name one good Ben Affleck movie where HE STARS AS THE LEAD and I'll shut up. Good Will Hunting?  He wasn't the lead in that, Matt Damon ran that show. I'm still waiting, and Argo is still one of the most bland "historical" films I've ever seen. "But Todd, people thought Michael Keaton would be a terrible Batman too!" At least Keaton proved himself to be an extremely solid leading actor by 1989 with films like Johnny Dangerously, Beetlejuice, Gung Ho, Mr. Mom, Night Shift and Clean and Sober. Ben Affleck starred (and was consequently terrible) in Forces of Nature, Armageddon, Jersey Girl, Gigli, Pearl Harbor, Sum of All Fears and Reindeer Games. Hey, I love Armageddon as much as the next guy, but let's face it, his acting is not far from a regional Denny's commercial.

6. WATCHMEN WAS ONLY GOOD BECAUSE HE COPIED THE COMIC VERBATIM.

I like Watchmen, I think it's a pretty solid comic book adaption, but I also thing my aunt could copy a panel from a comic book and tell a director of photography to shoot that exact same thing. Personally, I appreciate that he stayed so close to the comic, but I';m not going to call someone a visionary for it either.

5. RIGHT NOW, NO ONE CAN OUT-DO WHAT CHRISTOPHER NOLAN ACHIEVED.

Let's look at the score real quick; Snyder's Man of Steel was easily the worst, behind Quest for Peace and Superman Returns so really the Batman character is the saving grace to this movie mashup equation, but with the casting of Affleck, Nolan is already lightyears ahead of any potential Snyder's version could ever hope to achieve. It's like sending in an amputee to save the losing game.

4. WARNER BROS. COULDN'T EVEN FIGURE OUT A WONDER WOMAN TV SHOW.

With Snyder being a terrible option to helm Jusice League aside, the studio itself couldn't even figure out how to make Wonder Woman work for a TV audience. You know, the same audience that likes stuff like The Big Bang Theory and Mike and Molly (two shows that Warner Bros produces by the by). They couldn't even figure out how to make it work for that audience.  So the greater question I suppose is is Warner Bros the appropriate studio to handle this material?

Wonder Woman aside, keep in mind this is also the studio that released Batman & Robin. So, you know they're all about quality.

I absolutely collected these...but still!

3. SNYDER NOT ONLY DIRECTED SUCKER PUNCH, HE WROTE THE STORY & CO-WROTE THE SCREENPLAY

Hollywood said "Zack, you write anything you want, literally anything at all...any...thing... and we'll pay to make it." This is the best he could come up with.

2. SNYDER DOESN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH FEMALE CHARACTERS.

Maybe working with multifaceted female characters just isn't Snyder's forte. Case and point, Amy Adams in Man of Steel. Adams is easily one of the great actresses today, yet her performance in Man of Steel was probably her worst, and that's counting her work in Cruel Intentions 2. I can't remember one single thing Amy Adams did in Man of Steel, not one. I couldn't tell you one line, I couldn't even tell you if she was attractive or not. She made zero impact on that film and that's a hard thing to do from an actress of that caliber.

"Amy, I don't want you to be interesting at all in this.  People will love it!"

Frankly, if his female characters aren't fighting with a weapon, he doesn't know what to do with them.

1. MAKING A JUSTICE LEAGUE MOVIE IS A LOSE/WIN SITUATION ANYWAY

It's true, Zack Snyder is the worst choice to direct Justice League, but then again, who isn't? I can't really think of any living director that could do justice to this League. Pun intended.  Sure, some may say Nolan could pull it off, but a movie like this really needs to be able to handle the different shades that come with that many characters when "dark and moody" just won't cut it. So maybe the answer is there just shouldn't be a Justice League movie. The Avengers set the bar pretty high and Warner Bros has no clue how to match it at all. They can't even come out with decent box sets, how do we really expect them to pull this off.

Personally, since The Avengers has been done, I'd like to see an anthology version of Justice League with smaller stories leading into the next, but that's just me. What do you think? Let the debate begin.

@Todd_Spence

114 comments
Billy Catastrapher
Billy Catastrapher

Idk I need to familiarize myself with the principals involved first and then I can form my own needless opinion.

K2theUJO
K2theUJO User

@Todd-Spence @Randy-Rose-755 What does that have to do with anything? Literally, what in Christ's name does Jeremy Renner being better have anything to do with it? Of course Renner was better, but that means nothing. Let's try this again, you said "Name one good Ben Affleck movie where HE STARS AS THE LEAD and I'll shut up." I named a movie, "The Town.". Affleck was the top billed actor and the movie was good. So quit trying to change the subject to Renner., You made a statement, stand by your statement rather than trying to change the subject.

Randy-Rose-755
Randy-Rose-755

Joss Whedon can pull it off, but I don't want him to. I want him to stay on the Marvel side of the house.

Dave Doyle
Dave Doyle

I could care less the last good action hero movies were Batman & Batman returns and I would say The Crow as of late the action hero movies suck the hero's are not big they have a cardio body I want to see big muscle like the guys from the 80's. And for that matter make them like they used 2 with out all this computer shit in the movie. If they could make a movie as they were from the late 70's to early 90's why not now? and don't make them 2 & a half 3 hours long it gets boring and the movie loses steam and they start to put filler in.

Andrew Galvan
Andrew Galvan

i'm not a spelling/grammar nazi, but if you're going to make a meme, do it right. haha

Andrew Galvan
Andrew Galvan

those were some really really stupid reasons. thanks for wasting my time.

Dustin Hamilton
Dustin Hamilton

Only in this day and age could so many morons make a stink about something that hasn't even happened...

Wayne Webb
Wayne Webb

I mostly disagree with this guy. But, what do I know? I thought Daredevil was pretty good.

Obiwayne66
Obiwayne66 User

Give me ONE good reason to even make a Justice League movie

Sissi Tess Zandonadi
Sissi Tess Zandonadi

And I finally understood why I didn't understand the Sucker Punch movie...

Aline Borde
Aline Borde

Hahahahaha Sissi faz uma lista nova e divulga!!!!!!! =D hahahahahahaha

Sissi Tess Zandonadi
Sissi Tess Zandonadi

Não preciso nem ler essa lista. Mas 10 motivos é muito pouco. Aline

Katie Vest
Katie Vest

Superman just sucks in general. I'm sorry, if we're comparing the iconic American super hero, Captain America wins, hands down. As far as DC heroes go, Batman is the man.

Dan Mac
Dan Mac

I kinda think he's trolling, "Watchmen was only good because he copied the comic verbatem" Yea no shit.

Dustin-Hopper-295
Dustin-Hopper-295

Love zack snyder, & christopher nolan produced man of steel this guy needs ta pull his head out, ah cha cha cha

Buddy128
Buddy128 User

I agree on almost all points. Zach is the absolute wrong guy. Joss Whedon, if he could do it, is the only qualified guy here with a Jon Favreau a distant second.

timotmo
timotmo

Jesus, this guy has some misdirected criticism and if he wants a good Ben Affleck, Ill give him two.


A: The Town

B: Argo


I might agree that he's not ideal to play batman, but I'll reserve judgement until I see it. Affleck has matured greatly as an actor so benefit of the doubt.

Logan Jantzi
Logan Jantzi

No. Sucker Punch was a beautifully directed movie. It will someday fall among movies like Boondock saints as movies that were unpopular in their time but became cult classics. Sucker Punch is one of my all time favorite movies.

Justin Kasper
Justin Kasper

Yes you are.. You must be excited about Ben Affleck playing Batman.

Tony Perez
Tony Perez

this guy has to be one of the stupidest human beings on the entire planet and clearly doesnt see the resemblance between arkham batman and ben affleck

Justin Berkey
Justin Berkey

How can he say Man of Steel was WORSE than Superman Returns and Superman 4? Nope

Brennan B-Ritch Ritchie
Brennan B-Ritch Ritchie

Visual director made Watchmen a fair adept, but this movie should be left in the hands of someone who knows how to make a story such as Christopher Nolan

Fitz Greg
Fitz Greg

Superman was boring as F! Enough said.

Andres-Reyes-278
Andres-Reyes-278 User

What I'm seeing is that this guy wants nolan to direct the movie, most of the movies mentioned, were blockbuster and decent except for sucker punch that one really sucked hobo balls, Man of Steel was 10 times better than superman returns,  and let's face it Avengers wasn't a masterpiece either so this guys do blockbuster hits, and good comics adaptations, what more you want? you won't make an oscar for a superhero movie, that's nolans job, I want to have a good movie adaptation like the watchmen, that was really cool.

Jordan-Pope-991
Jordan-Pope-991 User

dont even bother reading this article. it all goes like, "this movie was only good because..." So what? if a movie is good, its good. plus I thought man of steel was pretty good. and I hate amy adams

Chaston Buenteo
Chaston Buenteo

That was a horrible article. Every reason was his own biased opinion and had no facts or actual intelligent reasoning behind any of it with too much Nolan/Batman obsession.

KCjoker
KCjoker User

Can't believe Affleck got the Daredevil role, destroyed it and they're still letting him be Batman now???

Ez Zim
Ez Zim

The best super-hero movie out there IS Watchmen. Yes better than the Nolan Batman movies, I loved those, but watchmen is superior in every way. He did copy the comic book very closely but that shows his respect for the comic book media, and even then he introduced changes that in my opinion improved the coherency and relevance of the story.

K2theUJO
K2theUJO User

"Name one good Ben Affleck movie where HE STARS AS THE LEAD and I'll shut up." The Town?

Tim Glass
Tim Glass

I personally cannot wait for the justice league. Just another action packed, explosive film for me to watch on the big screen and in blu-ray at home.

Luke Comer
Luke Comer

Garbage article. Although, I do agree that WB should not be doing this film. And just for the record, I fell asleep in Avengers....

ILLest05
ILLest05 User

I bet Justice league will be better than the Avengers no matter who directs it.. 


Todd-Spence
Todd-Spence moderator User

We found the one guy.

Todd-Spence
Todd-Spence moderator User

I loved Watchmen, but I'm also saying that it's NOT because of Snyder's directing.

Todd-Spence
Todd-Spence moderator User

@timotmo Argo was extremely overrated and Jeremy Renner ran circles around Affleck.

Randy-Rose-755
Randy-Rose-755

By "this guy" I assume you mean it in the same sense as saying, "Who has two thumbs and doesn't see the resemblance between Arkham Batman and Ben Affleck? This guy!" while pointing your two thumbs at yourself.

Randy-Rose-755
Randy-Rose-755

Don't even bother reading this comment. He is all like, "and I hate amy adams"

ILLest05
ILLest05 User

@KCjoker @ILLest05   Yes way.. Look what characters are in JL. The avengers two coolest are Hulk and Iron man, and the Avengers movie kinda sucked. 

Randy-Rose-755
Randy-Rose-755

@ILLest05 @KCjokerYou're out of your mind. The Avengers movie had excellent pacing and action, an intriguing storyline, fantastic casting and superb acting, and was funny to boot.