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Zack Snyder Finds Our Personal Investment In Superheroes Laughable

By Jodi Smith | Industry | April 21, 2014 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | April 21, 2014 |

Zack Snyder isn’t content to just work on Batman Vs. Superman and let the movie, and his work, speak for itself. He has to continually tell fans and prospective viewers why they’re wrong and he’s right, placing all responsibility for the critical or financial success on the shoulders of naysayers. Snyder is now telling us that we’re just used to the Christopher Reeves version of Superman and not his “real world” Supes.

According to Variety:

“The thing I was surprised about in response to Superman was how everyone clings to the Christopher Reeve version of Superman. How tightly they cling to those ideas, not really the comic book version, but more the movie version. … If you really analyze the comic book version of Superman, he’s killed, he’s done all the things. I guess the rules that people associate with Superman in the movie world are not the rules that really apply to him in the comic book world because those rules are different. He’s done all the things and more that we’ve shown him doing, right?”
“It’s just funny to see people really taking it personally … because I made him real, you know, I made him feel or made consequences (in) the world. I felt like, it was the same thing in Watchmen. We really wanted to show it wasn’t just like they thought, like the PG-13 version where everyone just gets up and they’re fine. I really wanted to show the violence is real, people get killed or get hurt and it’s not fun or funny.”

WE KNOW, SNYDER. GODDAMN IT, WE KNOW. We live in the real world. Maybe you should try it sometime. You can learn things like: “People don’t like being made fun of for being personally invested in their obsessions” or the ever popular “You should probably refrain from alienating your core audience when you make SUPERHERO MOVIES”.

Of course we’re taking it personally when a movie about a character we’ve followed and watched for years doesn’t live up to our expectations. The fact that Snyder takes credit for making Superman real and making him face consequences for his actions as a defense against people’s criticisms is insane. This main is either severely delusional or just an egomaniac. Or both.

I think I could bide my time and wait for Batman Vs. Superman to be completed before making a judgement if Snyder would just shut his yap for five minutes. He’s so damn unlikable that I find it difficult to think him capable of anything but disappointment and annoyance. Prove me wrong, Snyder. I really, really want you to blow my mind with Batman Vs. Superman. Please.

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Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.