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14 Zack Snyder Quotes Proving He Doesn't Get Superheroes

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List RulesVote up Zack Snyder's most clueless ideas about superheroes.

Whenever director Zack Snyder talks about Batman and Superman, he somehow comes across as both knowledgeable and fundamentally misguided. He definitely has a lot of opinions, but it doesn’t seem like he understands the appeal of the title characters in Batman v. Superman. Or, when he says something smart, it's contradicted by the actual films he's made. Here are some stupid Zack Snyder quotes to make you face palm.

It seems like Zack Snyder is constantly trying to prove to his critics that he understands the superhero genre more than anyone else. That’s why he throws around the words “mythology,” “modern god,” and “canon” so often. All of these complaints are why these quotes from Zack Snyder on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice are so laughable yet frustrating.

What do you think about Zack Snyder’s approach? Does he know what he’s talking about, or is he mostly interesting in seeing  buff dudes guys punching each other and blowing stuff up? Tell us what you think in the comments.
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    'Batman v. Superman' = 'Watchmen'

    'Batman v. Superman' = 'Watchmen'
    Photo: DC Comics

    In some ways, [Batman v Superman] will be, I hope at its really best, the impossible version of Watchmen.

    The comic book version of Watchmen is a deconstruction of superheroes that uses new characters that still fit recognizable archetypes. It's not that a film can't deconstruct superhero tropes using these two characters, but Batman v. Superman deconstructs without having constructed first.

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    Hey, Pick On Somebody Your Own Size

    Hey, Pick On Somebody Your Own Size
    Photo: Disney

    Batman and Superman are transcendent of superhero movies in a way, because they're Batman and Superman. They're not just like the flavor of the week Ant-Man.

    Maybe Snyder is just trying to stir the pot, or maybe he doesn't understand that Ant Man also has a rich mythology. Maybe the director simply believes that making an ugly, muddy film with a popular character is better than making something interesting and fun that also makes sense. Yeah it's probably the latter.

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    Growing Up Means Snapping Necks

    Growing Up Means Snapping Necks
    Photo: Warner Bros.

    I feel like [Superman fans] were taking it personally that I was trying to grow up their character.

    Snyder's definition of "grow up" is troubling in that he sees mopiness, rampant destruction, and dark blue color correction as signs of maturity. Simply increasing the amount of violence and overtly religious imagery doesn't mean that the characters are any more complex.

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    The 'True Canon'

    The 'True Canon'
    Photo: Warner Bros.

    If you know the true canon, you know that I didn’t change Superman.

    Snyder's defense of Superman killing Zod in Man of Steel isn't a bad point, but his misunderstanding of the reaction his vision for Superman is also on display. The comment is delivered with the sort of condescension best represented by Comic Book Guy on The Simpsons, a character who assumes that anyone who disagrees with him simply knows less than he does.

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