Whether or not she is associated with her Snyderverse and the DCEU, the mere mention of Zack Snyder’s name is able to generate debate. So much so that there is reason to wonder why he leaves so little indifferent. In his case, it’s not his attitude that bothers, but rather his work. His cinema has a very strong and recognizable identity from one feature film to another, which does not please everyone., and especially to comic book lovers. Most if not all of the criticism concerns above all his style, and in particular his interpretation of the superheroes of the DC Comics universe.

Zack Snyder and Henry Cavill on the set of Man of Steel
Zack Snyder and Henry Cavill on the set of Man of Steel – Credit (s): Warner Bros

His versions of Superman and Batman, for example, are often described as being far too far removed from the guns., darker and murderous, sometimes capable of illogical and senseless behavior. In general, whether it is his films in the DCEU or some of his previous feature films, his universe is described as too dark both from a visual and narrative point of view, with a sometimes almost morbid side and characters that are missing. depth for the benefit of action. His love for metaphors, very often biblical, is also singled out. It’s not so much the fact that he uses a lot of them, but rather the fact that they are not always understandable the first time.

Zack Snyder on the set of Army of the Dead
Zack Snyder on the set of Army of the Dead – Credit (s): Netflix

It is not uncommon for the filmmaker to find himself forced to explain the path of thought behind a scene or a sequence that intrigues and gives rise to debate. The most telling example is the “Martha” moment in Batman v superman, whose true meaning has gone completely unnoticed, hidden by the very sudden side of Bruce Wayne’s turnaround. Justifications which are, at times, taken for a lack of humility on his part. There is, however, a criticism often made of it, which is not really its responsibility. His fans, as passionate as they are extreme, have anything but a good reputation on the web. They do not hesitate to defend the director, accepting with great difficulty the criticisms of his work.

Zack Snyder and Matthias Schweighöfer on the set of Army of the Dead
Zack Snyder and Matthias Schweighöfer during the filming of Army of the Dead – Credit (s): Clay Enos, Netflix

It is therefore above all the universe of Zack Snyder and his style of his own that are really problematic. However, he is not hated by everyone, and his films always find their audiences. In addition, the people with whom they collaborate are full of praise for him, praising his work and his artistic method. His latest project, Army of the Dead, a thrilling zombie movie led by an endearing cast and currently available on Netflix, does not seem to tease the critics and the public as Man of steel could, for example, do so. It’s also important to note that Zack Snyder’s name is associated with three films that are particularly popular with movie fans: 300, Watchmen, and his first feature film, Dawn of the dead. Whether we like his style or not, we can nevertheless recognize that the director is not afraid to follow his ideas or to jostle the spectators, even if it means putting a few comic book fans on their backs.