It’s safe to say the DC movie universe has changed a lot since Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel was released back in 2013. Snyder’s Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice was a commercial success but not exactly a hit with critics, while Justice League failed on almost every level. Snyder left Justice League during post-production and the DC universe bounced back with the hugely successful Aquaman. But although Snyder is no longer involved with DC, he still has some opinions about the films he made.
At a recent Q&A session with the director after a screening of his 2009 film Watchmen, Snyder was asked about the dark tone that his DC movies had, and how fans had an issue with that fact both Batman and Superman kill people in them. As the footage posted to reddit revealed, the director didn’t have much sympathy for their point of view.
“Someone says to me: Batman killed a guy. I’m like, ‘F***, really? Wake the f*ck up’,” he said. “Once you’ve lost your virginity to this f***ing movie and then you come and say to me something about like ‘my superhero wouldn’t do that.’ I’m like ‘Are you serious?’ I’m like down the fucking road on that.”
“It’s a cool point of view to be like ‘my heroes are still innocent. My heroes didn’t f***ing lie to America. My heroes didn’t embezzle money from their corporations. My heroes didn’t commit any atrocities.’ That’s cool. But you’re living in a f***ing dream world.”
Of course, there’s still plenty to come from the DC movie universe. Next month sees the release of the more comedic Shazam. In his review, GameSpot’s Michael Rougeau said that the film “is the first DC movie that seems genuinely confident in its world and tone, with no major missteps of which to speak. It’s fun, heartfelt, funny, genuine, and surprising, while staying true to its origins and embracing what makes it great.”
Beyond that, the much anticipated Joker origin movie arrives in October, with Joaquin Phoenix starring as the Clown Prince of Crime. The female superhero team-up Birds of Prey is released in February 2020, and Wonder Woman 1984 follows in July next year. Beyond that there are also 2021 release dates for the standalone Batman movie and James Gunn’s Suicide Squad reboot.