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Snyder’s vision for DC Universe ‘didn’t sync up’ with the publisher’s (UPDATED)

by Eric Frederiksen | October 16, 2017October 16, 2017 1:00 pm PST

UPDATE: Abraham Riseman has clarified the information via Twitter.

He provided additional tweets on the matter.

The original story appears below.

While the Marvel Cinematic Universe is generally considered to be well-received by fans, the DC Extended Universe has had a tougher time gaining acceptance among both hardcore comic fans and the public. For many movie and comic fans, there’s one very specific reason for that: Zack Snyder. After a lackluster (but financially successful) run for Man of Steel, Snyder was given the reins of the interconnected DC Comics movie universe. After years, DC is admitting that his vision wasn’t exactly what they had in mind.

DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson talked to Vulture in an extensive interview about that cinematic universe, and author Abraham Riesman revealed a quote from Nelson that didn’t make it into the story. Paraphrasing, Riesman relayed her words in an appearance on the “Batman on Film” podcast.

“We are a director-driven place. And Zack had a vision that didn’t necessarily sync up with what our vision of these characters is, but we respect that he wanted to go for that, and that’s part of our philosophy,” Riesman relayed.

It’s admirable that DC wants to give its directors room to move, but that all sounds weird. We’ve known since Man of Steel‘s release in 2013 that Snyder’s vision strayed from just about everything we love about these characters, so why is this just coming out now?

It sounds like DC Entertainment saying “Well, we made that bed, and then built a house around it, and spent a whole bunch of money decorating it, so I guess we’d better sleep in it,” as if they couldn’t have put on the brakes at some point and brought in a new vision more in line with what people like about DC’s characters.

Justice League, which hits theaters next month, will be the third Snyder-helmed DC film. While Snyder handled most of the movie, though, a family tragedy forced him to step away late into production. Joss Whedon stepped in and is credited as a writer on the film, and it’s unclear right now just how far-reaching his influence on the movie is.

Meanwhile, DC has been alternately finding success with other directors, as with Wonder Woman‘s Patty Jenkins, or struggling to keep a director attached to a movie, as with The Flash and Batman films.

With Justice League hitting in a post-Wonder Woman world, the league’s Amazonian member has certainly seen a big part in the movie’s advertising, and it’s possible Whedon’s influence and Wonder Woman‘s box-office take could’ve led the company to ramp up her screentime in the upcoming film.

We’ll find out more when Justice League hits theaters on November 17, 2017.


Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...

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