Zack Snyder’s contributions to the DC extended universe have been mercilessly criticized. He is known for his dark, cartoony settings and abundant lens flares. While pretty much all DC films since Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy have been disappointments to many fans, some argue that Zack Snyder is single-handedly to blame. Enthusiasts ridicule Snyder for picking apart the childhood heroes they grew up with and changing them to appease hardly anyone. Many film-goers have been wishing for him to step down from directing this year’s The Justice League since its inception.
While as of March of this year their wish came through, it wasn’t in a way anybody would have wanted.
In March, Snyder’s 20-year-old daughter took her own life. He thought it best to step back from the project and spend time with family.
The problem, in regards to the completion of the film, is there were additional scenes not yet finished. Many of which were out of the country and involved a time commitment Snyder rightfully couldn’t oblige to.
Thus, they had to fill the director’s role… with none other than Joss Whedon. That’s right. The guy who directed Marvel’s The Avengers.
While Whedon is a respected director among comic fans (at least more respected), there is more at play. Whedon is known for his bright and happy colors, themes, and dialogue. This is why he was such a good fit in a Marvel film, which has a similar reputation. DC’s reputation is, needless to say, different.
How can Whedon’s beautifully orchestrated Marvel themes complement DC’s harsh and grimy characters and storyline?
Rumor has it that since Snyder directed the grand majority, Whedon will have to adhere to Snyder’s style and creative direction. He will have to mock the original tone as much as possible.
While Whedon did direct his last Marvel movie (so he claims) long ago with The Avengers Age of Ultron, I suppose this ends the Marvel/DC (and especially the Avengers/Justice League) rivalry once and for all.