On account of the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice I thought I’d crack out a top 5 list in Zack Snyder’s honour.
5# Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (2010)
So this film lacked in narrative, story, and originality. But in terms of pure visual depth it may be Snyder’s most impressive film. A must for fans of computer animation as over 500 artists and animators poured their heart and soul into creating a spectacularly immersive world well worth drooling over.
Fun Fact: Legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins consulted on the ‘look’ of the film.
4# Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Again there are issues, but the style and tone are consistent, and Ben Affleck takes to the role remarkably well. It’s an improvement on Man of Steel and contains enough boisterous energy and pure volume that there is bound to be something to like for everyone, perhaps plenty to dislike as well though.
Fun Fact: Jena Malone (Hunger Games Franchise) was cast as Barbara Gordon, but her scenes were cut.
3# Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Remaking a horror classic, it’s been done plenty of times, but not often with such success. It’s intense, bloody and moves at a frantic pace. Despite a last act that fails to match up it was an impressive debut that was unique from Romero’s 1978 original. Sarah Polley and Ving Rhames impressed as a couple of the survivors in the post-apocalyptic film.
Fun Fact: George A. Romero watched the remake and confessed to enjoying the first 20 minutes, the rest of it not so much.
2# Watchmen (2009)
Considered impossible to bring to the screen by many previous directors attached to the project but this was an exciting attempt. Bringing the pages of Alan Moore’s graphic novel to life Snyder utilised a remarkable visual palette at times. Again it is not perfect, tangling up at the midway point. But it fails in attempting to achieve greater things, and is a worthy adaptation.
Fun Fact: Jeffrey Dean Morgan originally turned down the role of the Comedian when he saw he was killed off on page 3 of the script. His agent told him to continue reading as he reappeared in flashbacks.
1# 300 (2007)
A simple story, but brilliantly executed. Snyder first displayed his enthusiasm for adapting graphic novels with this retelling of the battle of Thermopylae. It’s about as historically accurate as Muppet’s in Space, but it’s themes and motifs are resonant, and the images are striking and seismic. Snyder’s never been a concise storyteller, and I think 300’s simpler structure allows Snyder to focus on flourishing his more dynamic visual tricks without sacrificing narrative structure.
Fun Fact: Michael Fassbender’s feature film debut.
This list was wrangled and coerced to exist by Alexander Halsall