Is Zack Snyder a Superhero Film Genius? Oppenheimer Director Thinks So

Is Zack Snyder a Superhero Film Genius? Oppenheimer Director Thinks So
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Apparently, Zack Snyder's controversial style is beloved by his colleagues.


  • Zack Snyder's Rebel Moon is one of this December's most popular releases, along with Wonka.
  • Christopher Nolan, who worked with Snyder on a DC film, speaks highly of his fellow filmmaker.
  • Snyder's iconic storytelling style is both loved and hated by audiences.

Although 2023 is almost over, it continues to entertain us with quality movie releases. Just a few weeks ago, Wonka starring Timothée Chalamet made its debut and became the highest grossing film of December. But there was another premiere that made just as big a splash as Paul King's musical film.

Zack Snyder's space opera Rebel Moon, created for Netflix, is the talk of the town. Set in a world of the filmmaker's own creation, the film follows a group of rebel warriors in their quest to overthrow a militant cosmic empire, The Motherworld. So far, Rebel Moon has received mostly negative reviews, and while its creator has been bombarded with criticism, he's been praised by some of his peers. One prominent director's approval seems particularly flattering.

Christopher Nolan Has Lauded Snyder's Style

This year has seen a plethora of remarkable films, but few have left as indelible a mark as Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer. Earning a whopping $955 million at the box office, the biopic was one of the biggest premieres of the summer. It's also one of the prime contenders for Best Picture at the upcoming 96th Academy Awards.

Not surprisingly, Christopher Nolan's filmography extends far beyond Oppenheimer. The filmmaker is best known for his The Dark Knight franchise, which created arguably the most beloved version of Batman. In that light, Nolan's praise for Zack Snyder is even more meaningful.

'There's no superhero science-fiction film coming out these days where I don't see some influence of Zack. When you watch a Zack Snyder film, you see and feel his love for the potential of cinema. The potential of it to be fantastical, to be heightened in its reality, but to move you and to excite you,' Christopher Nolan, who served as a producer on Snyder's Man of Steel, said of his colleague.

Zack Snyder's Creative Style

Despite his extensive career in the film industry, directing, writing, and producing dozens of movies, Zack Snyder is particularly known for his DCEU superhero flicks. Starting with the aforementioned Man of Steel and finishing with Zack Snyder's Justice League, the filmmaker has had a powerful impact on the genre.

The dark and gritty worlds he created for his DCEU films made Zack Snyder one of the most divisive and controversial directors of our time. While some viewers deeply appreciated the honest brutality of his films and characters, others were taken aback by the abundance of violence and overall gloom of his productions. But whether you're a fan of Snyder's work or not, you have to agree that he's one of the most talented filmmakers of the modern era.

Source: The Atlantic.

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