I am strangely fascinated by Zack Snyder.
I realized this yesterday; I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about a man that I will never meet (unless my career takes an unexpected and horrifying U-turn), and who is unaware that I exist (I hope).
I’m just really curious as to what made him the way he is; a bitter husk of a man who’s so intently focused on the darkest elements of human nature that he can’t see any joy or goodness in the people around him.
I worry about what his home life with Deborah Snyder is like. This woman, a producer on Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, has claimed in interviews that she doesn’t think either movie is dark, but instead is reflective of real life in a very real sense.
I’m afraid for these people. I’m similarly afraid for those around them who could be negatively influenced by waves of Ayn Rand ideology that emanate from the Snyder family home.
Zack Snyder seems, in all his artistic expression and interviews, to be a dark, lonely man who hates joy, and thinks human beings are utter scum. He’s the kind of guy who thinks that the most unrealistic thing about Batman is his value for human life.
This guy is warped, and twisted, and somehow is still making more grizzly adaptations of artworks from a medium that is literally called “comics”. Humor and joy is right there in the name. Or, it’s supposed to be.
Yet for all that I worry that Zack Snyder is only one telemarketer call away from a mental breakdown, Jason Momoa sees him in a very different light.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Momoa was asked to describe Snyder in a single word, and he picked: “genius”.
Really, Jason Momoa? “Genius”? Not “Disturbed” or “Macabre” or just plain “weird”?
Audience members don’t tend to get the “genius” vibe from Zack Snyder unless we’re really looking for it. Or unless we’re super into watching Oscar Isaac lobotomize and then sexually assault an underage girl with a mental illness.
By all accounts, this guy seems like he should be a flight risk.
There can only be one explanation; for all that Zack Snyder’s brain is filled with lurid, pessimistic torture porn, and for all that he inexplicably hates Superman for daring to be a nice guy in spite of his superpowers, there must be a very big difference between the director’s body of work, and the way he treats his actors.
Zack Snyder is no Alfred Hitchcock, in more ways than one. Specifically in this context, he doesn’t make his leading ladies fear for their own safety.
He’s probably a really nice, friendly guy in person. He’ll shake your hand, share a joke, and give you some suggestions on how to improve your performance in a troubling scene where you’re pretending to mind-meld with a jellyfish.
Then he’ll order you to mime murdering hundreds of civilians, get everything on camera, and take all the footage to his editing suite, as his eyes light up with fire and he imagines the brutal carnage that Aquaman can unleash upon humanity, in a fictional world where Zack Snyder is god.
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