While Matt Reeves is a reported favorite to succeed Ben Affleck as director of “The Batman,” more than 3,000 fans already know who they want to step behind the camera: Zack Snyder.
Following the announcement of Affleck’s departure on Monday, a petitioned was launched on Change.org calling on Warner Bros. to make the “obvious” choice — a “no-brainer,” even — and hire the director of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and the upcoming “Justice League.”
Considering the divisive nature of “Batman v Superman” and “Man of Steel,” many people may not consider Snyder the obvious alternative for “The Batman.” However, petition organizer Jennifer Huneycutt has a response to the “haters.”
“Snyder has a stellar record with comic book and graphic novel properties,” she wrote. “Starting with 2006’s ‘300,’ and followed by ‘Watchmen’ in 2009, he has shown his skill with, and commitment to, being incredibly faithful to iconic source material. Many scenes in both films are panel-for-panel recreations of the graphic novel pages. He doesn’t try to stick his two cents’ worth in every movie, putting his own spin on things (they like to call it ‘artistic license’ in the biz) just because he can. He knows how much these stories mean to their fans, and that goes a long way in my book. He has my respect for that.”
Huneycutt builds her case for Snyder by citing the filmmaker’s distinctive visual style, as well the importance of “continuity” within the fledgling DC Extended Universe. “He’s already familiar with all the principal characters and their respective portrayers,” she wrote, “so he isn’t going to go screwing with established canon or pissing off his stars.”
“Really, it’s a no-brainer,” she concluded. “Zack Snyder’s commitment to source material, extraordinary visual style, and previous experience in the DCEU makes him the ideal candidate, especially when you factor in the influence Ben Affleck is still going to have on the film’s story and dialogue. The two working together just might make the best comic book film we’ve seen yet.”
As of this writing, almost 3,100 people seem to agree with Huneycutt’s assessment.
Although Warner Bros. would undoubtedly be pleased to have one of the chief architects of the DC Extended Universe behind the camera for “The Batman,” the choice of Snyder would undoubtedly draw groans from fans and critics alike. But on a more practical level, Snyder, has spent more than six years entrenched in the DC movie universe, directing “Man of Steel,” “Batman v Superman” and “Justice League,” executive producing “Suicide Squad,” and producing “Wonder Woman” and contributing to its story. Ahead of him there’s still the “Justice League” sequel and his contributions to “The Flash,” “Aquaman” and “Gotham City Sirens.”
No matter whether you’re a supporter or a detractor of Snyder’s work, you can definitely understand that he might need just a little break from the world of DC superheroes. Besides, he’s busy with post-production on “Justice League,” which would likely mean filming on “The Batman” would have to be delayed to accommodate his schedule.
Expected to arrive in 2018, the tentatively titled “The Batman” stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon and Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke.
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