However you feel about the job he did, it’s too late now for a change as “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” director Zack Snyder will take the helm of “Justice League Part 1” which begins production next month.
Snyder’s style, tone and approach was arguably the biggest point of contention in the reviews for ‘Dawn’ – the director targeted with the blame for the film’s breakneck pacing and muddled narrative which have been labelled “messy” and “incoherent” in numerous reviews post-release.
Even so, some fans are trying to take matters into their own hands and have set up two different petitions to get Snyder removed not just from ‘League’ but all other involvement in the DCEU. The first by Bryan Cruz has 2,519 supporters. The second by Taufique Radhakrishnan has 469.
Petitions like this don’t work. One asking to have Colin Trevorrow removed from “Star Wars: Episode IX” had 25,482 supporters but had no impact on Disney’s plans. At present there’s no plans to delay “Justice League Part 1” and no word as yet of a potential fanboy appeasing move to change the direction of the PR surrounding the film – such as getting an acclaimed filmmaker onboard in a more involved producer capacity to “oversee the DCEU”.
One person who wasn’t a fan of ‘Dawn of Justice’ was Hollywood Babble-On podcast host Kevin Smith. The filmmaker, who helped promote the film with The CW special about the upcoming DCEU earlier this year, says he did not care for ‘Dawn of Justice’ and said it paled compared to his love for The CW’s “The Flash” series:
“Remember before when we were talking about Flash, and that it has heart, humor, and spectacle. The movie I felt like didn’t really have a heart. It was certainly f–king humorless, there was nothing funny going on in that world whatsoever, but it had lots of spectacle.
Like you can’t take that away from Snyder. Boy, he knows how to like compose a frame and how to setup a shot. Beautiful visual stylist but you need more than just the pictures, you need like characterization and these characters seemed off character, particularly Superman… But, uh, you know, I’m happy that the DC Universe is going… I guess?”
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is in cinemas. “Justice League: Part 1” is currently targeting a November 2017 release.