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.