Zack Snyder, who directed many DCEU films, responds to Martin Scorsese’s 2019 comments in which Scorsese states that superhero films are not cinema.
Justice League director, Zack Snyder, has stated his take on Martin Scorsese’s controversial comments condemning superhero films. Snyder himself has been a hot topic lately given the release of both his 4-hour-long cut of the 2017 DCEU film, Justice League, earlier in the year and his newest film, Army of the Dead. Army of the Dead released on Netflix today and stars Dave Bautista, Omari Hardwick, Ella Purnell, and more.
Back in October of 2019, while promoting his epic of a film, The Irishman, legendary director, Martin Scorsese, made some controversial remarks about superhero films, particularly those in the MCU. The Goodfellas director stated that the films are not cinema, but instead are the closest thing he could compare them to, “as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, [are] theme parks.” He admitted that he tried to watch them but couldn’t get into them, stating that superhero films aren’t in the business of attempting to convey complex psychological and emotional experiences of the human condition. These statements—which he doubled down on quite resolutely—became controversial, sparking a wide debate within the entire film industry about what constitutes a film and what does not. Many celebrities spoke out on the topic, both for and against Scorsese’s claims.
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Now, in a Q&A session with colleagues and fans facilitated by The Guardian, superhero film director, Zack Snyder, has also shared his, quite partial, feelings about Scorsese’s comments. In the Q&A session, Snyder called Scorsese a “genius” and his comments “fair,” entitling everyone to their own opinion whilst hoping that he might have been spared in the director’s superhero-aimed criticism. Snyder goes on to praise the Marvel films himself, stating, “I don’t know that there is a better way to do it.” Read his full response below:
What’s your response to Martin Scorsese’s (and others’) criticism of superhero movies?
Oh, it’s fair. Martin Scorsese is a genius. If you’re really good at something, commenting on that world is completely within your rights. And it doesn’t diminish my respect for him. I’m certain he wasn’t talking about my movies [laughs]. He might’ve been, but I like to think he wasn’t. He meant the other ones.
Snyder, one of Hollywood’s most well-known and polarizing directors, got his start in 2004 with his remake of the 1978 classic horror film, Dawn of the Dead. Since then, Snyder has remained firmly in the world of heroes (super or not) by directing hits such as Watchmen, Sucker Punch, and 300. More recently, Snyder is known for his work directing three films within the DCEU: Man of Steel, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Justice League, which Snyder left during production in 2017 after the untimely death of his daughter. Justice League was finished by Joss Whedon who both drastically changed Snyder’s vision and came under fire for allegations of his misbehavior on set. Justice League was considered, overall, a failed film, and this led fans to organize an online movement to release the Snyder Cut of Justice League. That cut was released earlier this year on HBO Max, and garnered both financial success and critical acclaim (of which the first version had neither), although it lost some points for its whopping 4-hour runtime.
Snyder is continuing on his action/heroic trend with his newest film, Army of the Dead, which released today and follows a group of people who attempt to orchestrate a heist on a Vegas casino during a zombie apocalypse. It is nice to see Snyder be diplomatic and realistic about his reaction to Scorsese’s comments as someone who has made a lot of his fame from directing superhero films. After all, everyone is entitled to their own opinions…whether they be the wrong ones or right ones.
Source: The Guardian
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