Ever since Zack Snyder decided to take a step back on Justice League to allow Joss Whedon to help him finish, there’s been speculation to what Snyder’s future with the DC Extended Universe will be, according to Mashable.
No one will question Snyder’s dedication how he’s spearheaded Warner Bros.’ effort to attempt to create a universe to be as successful as Marvel. Unfortunately, Marvel’s had a long head start since Iron Man in 2008. Snyder introduced the DCEU with 2013’s Man of Steel.
It was confirmed Snyder will be taking a significantly smaller role with the franchise going forward, according to his wife, producer Deborah Snyder.
Zack Snyder’s served as producer to all of DCEU films and directed nearly half of them so far from Man of Steel, the upcoming Justice League and 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Man of Steel and Batman v Superman were box office successes, but reviews were mixed. Same goes for the David Ayer-directed Suicide Squad. The most critically acclaimed DCEU film was the Patty Jenkins-directed Wonder Woman, which was released earlier this year. The film’s been such a success with audiences and critics alike, it’s being pushed by Warner Bros. for Academy Award consideration for Jenkins for Best Director and Best Picture.
Mashable speculates direction of future DCEU films might veer more to a rounded superhero experience instead of the typical darker and metallic tone of Synder’s films. Warner Bros. for its part released a statement concerning Zack Synder’s future being secure.
“The Snyders remain an important part of the Warner Bros. family and are actively involved in several upcoming DC pictures, including their continued creative input on Justice League. We are excited about our partnership and look forward to our continued collaboration“.
Should fans be concerned about Zack Snyder’s future in the DCEU? There are limits creatively one can feasibly work within the universe. Naturally, the task of establishing the universes of both DCEU and MCU are been divided among multiple filmmakers so it won’t overwhelm as Whedon found out when working on Avengers: Age of Ultron for Marvel following his success of The Avengers.
Justice League should be in safe hands given Whedon’s prior experience with superhero team films. It’s not far-fetched to see Snyder taking a step back like George Lucas had to eventually do with Star Wars and Lucasfilm. The difference is of course, Snyder remaining in a producer role.
While Whedon saw his greatest success from Marvel Studios, they have certainly learned and are fostering other talent like Guardians of the Galaxy’s James Gunn or the Russo brothers, who have taken their success from the Captain America franchise to the Avengers: Infinity War.
Warner Bros. will likely nurture Jenkins, who was originally slated to direct Thor: The Dark World, before parting amicably and moving on to Wonder Woman and building off its success.
What will Aquaman and The Batman look like? It will likely be James Wan and Matt Reeves’, respectively, decisions and we will likely not see Snyder’s template.
Is Justice League, the last Zack Snyder film we’ll see in DCEU? What other DC heroes would he be a fit in? Should he step back and admire from afar like George Lucas?