Batman v Superman might be loved and hated at the same time, but it’s hard to argue that it’s $166 million opening weekend wasn’t a huge success. It’s gone on to earn over $468 million worldwide and the pricey production seems to be well on it’s way to reach that much need billion dollar mark to potentially turn a profit.
Of course, there are indeed fans that are beyond stoked for what Zack Snyder has cooking-up with Justice League and other future DC films. However, not every fan feels that Snyder is doing a good job and should keep making this movies.
Two fan petitions have surfaced online.
One asking for Snyder to be replaced as director on Justice League (6,000 supporters).
Zack Snyder is not the person to bring the Justice League to the big screen. He’s had two chances now to adapt DC characters and has produced middling results.
Even if you loved Man of Steel and BvS. There has to come a time when WB and DC want someone at the helm that can create something thatWON’T divide people in such a way.
The building blocks are there for a great different set of superhero movies. Good actors and actresses and even directors. Zack Snyder is just not the guy that should be in charge of the biggest and most important films in the franchise. Especially with his track record now.
Another to have Zack completely removed from the DC cinematic universe entirely.
This guy has already doomed the franchise with two critical flops in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman.He’s a great visual artist,but cannot tell a good story.The only chance of redemption for DCEU is to hire a director who’s not as polarizing as Snyder,who understands the characters well,doesn’t make them roam away from their mythos and balance the tone of the future movies.
Two very bleak calls to action if you’re Warner Bros. steamrolling ahead with Justice League shooting in a couple of days.
I personally think that Snyder is only one of many problems with the Batman v Superman. He really doesn’t get the mythology of the characters or their dynamics within the comics and neither do the screenwriters.
With that said, I’m not supporting this call to have him removed, but the studio might be getting a bit nervous, that there is a growing number of fans that while pay to see the film are quite vocal with their objections to what Warner Bros. is presenting to them.
One way of quelling this outcry for a new director could be that maybe they do end-up hiring someone to actually oversee the whole franchise creatively, like a Kevin Feige. I know that fans might be happy to see Geoff Johns potentially take that role, as he’s currently developing a treatment for The Batman with Ben Affleck.
There’s also some rumors circling that George Miller has boarded Justice League as producer and creative consultant. Considering Miller’s huge critical success with the mythos/spectacle of Mad Max: Fury Road it couldn’t hurt to have him contributing to the film. Not to mention George did once attempt his own Justice League incarnation and might have some really excellent creative notes for Snyder.
Zack is still a great visual guy and we know is capable of entertaining filmmaking, it’s just a bummer that Batman v Superman was such a let down to so many people.
The script for Justice League is seemingly another David Goyer and Chris Terrio joint venture, which might make people super nervous considering a lot of the problems of Batman v Superman do also stem from the script itself. I’d love to see them perhaps delay production for a couple of weeks to maybe have another writer do a polish, but we know that’s not going to happen.
Zack’s biggest task might be to set aside the director ego and actually listen to fans who take issues with his films, and perhaps make a couple of changes to make everyone happy, not just the Snyder loyalists. Instead of doubling-down on the murderverse and making another hugely divisive project.
I also believe that Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman and Aquaman not being directly handled by Snyder will at least give us a couple of films that might be closer to what we want to see.
Basically, if these other films are both critical and box office success stories it’s possible that Warner Bros. might pressure Snyder to make better films or find someone else that can. I can’t imagine any of them being as divisive as Man of Steel or Batman v Superman.