The Watchmen movie proves you can be faithful to a comic and still miss its whole damn point

In a lot of ways, Watchmen, the comic series that Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons started publishing in 1986, is a story about the folly of human ambition. It’s about superheroes, and yet there are no actual heroes in the book, super or otherwise. The characters dress up in masks and costumes to serve as forces of good,…

Zack Snyder wanted to kill off Batman in a Justice League sequel

Zack Snyder may be untethered from the evolving DC Extended Universe at this point, but his rabid fanbase continues to froth for that mythic “Snyder cut” of the abominable Justice League. As fans wait for this thing that almost definitely doesn’t exist, they bide the time by daydreaming of the DCEU that could’ve been,…

People are hectoring AT&T to release Zack Snyder's cut of Justice League

One of the internet’s most organized, hyper-specific, extremely-online fanbases is that of Zack Snyder and Warner Brothers’ critically reviled DC Extended Universe. While most people have reacted to the recent run of Batman and Superman movies with something between indifference and strong dislike, some very vocal…

Zack Snyder finally decides to make a real superhero movie with The Fountainhead 

Back in 2016, we reported that Zack Snyder was interested in making an adaptation of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead once he had finally finished with Justice League. Snyder said he appreciates the original book as “a thesis on the creative process and what it is to create something,” prompting us to theorize that his…

The Justice League Blu-ray is a bizarre exercise in hiding the truth about moviemaking

The behind-the-scenes drama that went into Warner Bros.’ tentpole superhero team-up Justice League this past fall ended up being a far more compelling story than the one that played out in front of the cameras. Anyone who was paying attention to the ongoing shakeups, studio meddling, and eventual overhaul of the…

Justice League's Blu-Ray will add just 1 deleted scene, and you have to get it at Walmart

Last year’s superhero team-up blockbuster Justice League was a claustrophobic mess of bad effects, boring urban and industrial locations, and awkward, cramped staging. It was also the third most expensive movie ever made, budgeted at a cool $300 million. (That’s not counting marketing costs, which were likely around…

There’s at least one absolutely great scene in Justice League

Alex McLevy: Justice League has been out for a couple of weeks now, and to say opinions are mixed would be gentle. Some people love it, some hate it, but most, like we here at The A.V. Club, just think, “Meh.” To be fair, the film had an uphill battle. Its primary architect had to withdraw well before it was done, due…

The superheroes of Justice League deserve better than another misbegotten blockbuster

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A blockbuster with more studio notes than script (underlined: “Be more Marvel”), Justice League attempts to inject some levity and rock ’n’ roll into Zack Snyder’s dinosaurian version of the DC Comics-verse; in many cases, it ends up with the worst of multiple worlds. Gone are the artistic pretensions and doofy…

Zack Snyder’s Dawn Of The Dead sure was a Zack Snyder movie

Zack Snyder movies sure are contentious. Not only are his fans—shall we say—uniquely vehement, but the films themselves are wildly divisive critically, alternately held up as the worst possible example of overwrought, try-hard pseudo-auteurism and as pointlessly violent, incomprehensible messes. And while the scale of…

Zack Snyder’s 300 presaged the howling fascism of the alt-right

“Was that racist, or did it just seem racist?” That was the basic idea of the conversation that my friends and I had as we left the movie theater in the spring of 2007. We had just borne witness to 300, Zack Snyder’s gruesome orgy of CGI blood-spurts and thunderous group-grunts. The movie had been a sensory…

DC shows off the Justice League Batmobile, now with even more guns

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice’s interpretation of the Dark Knight was decidedly more brutal and violent than even Christopher Nolan’s dark and serious Batman, but to make his war against crime a bit more effective (and a bit more literal), he really could’ve used some more guns. Batman doesn’t typically use guns…

This ’90s version of Batman V Superman is weirdly convincing

The Zack Snyder-helmed DC cinematic universe has proven extraordinarily divisive. Many despise the director’s blue-tinted ultra-macho take on the series, full of serious men growling about dying gods; others, well, like all that blue dying-god shit. But we’re not here to re-litigate the problems or virtues of Man Of…

Watch Zack Snyder get amped about Superman snapping a guy’s neck

Zack Snyder, a 5-foot, 7-inch steward of comic book franchises, is known for his attention to detail. This is clear to anyone who has observed his keen interest in actors’ heights, revealed in a Bloomberg profile before Batman V Superman’s release, where he noted, “I think Ben [Affleck] is a pretty good Batman… I…

Ciarán Hinds says he’s playing a world-weary supervillain in Justice League

In the first full Justice League trailer—amid all the blaring guitars, mood lighting, and gruff Batman quips—we don’t get many specifics about the threat the heroes are going up against. However, in a new interview with The Independent, Ciarán Hinds shared some details regarding bad guy Steppenwolf, the Darkseid…

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