As you may have heard, Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice has been a wee bit divisive. Apparently, some people really didn’t like it. A terrible critical reception, and a middling B-grade Cinemascore on the surface may not be the best news for the DC Extended Universe going forward, but on the other hand the movie has made almost $500 million worldwide in just five days. Mo’ money, no problems, right? Well that may be good enough for Warner Bros., but it’s not so good in the eyes of fans who might be now interested in a petition demanding that director Zack Snyder be taken off Justice League.
A Change.org petition started by someone named Bryan Cruz is asking Warners to reconsider Snyder’s role as director of Justice League, not because he’s a bad director, or because he doesn’t have the skill to pull it off, but because his tenure in DC Comics film adaptations has been highly divisive.
Zack Snyder is not the person to bring the Justice League to the big screen. He’s had two chances now to adapt DC characters and has produced middling results.
Even if you loved Man of Steel and BvS. There has to come a time when WB and DC want someone at the helm that can create something that WON’T divide people in such a way.
The building blocks are there for a great different set of superhero movies. Good actors and actresses and even directors. Zack Snyder is just not the guy that should be in charge of the biggest and most important films in the franchise. Especially with his track record now.
Well put, but unlikely to be persuasive to the studio, especially when the petition’s goal is just 7,500 people (and they’re two-thirds of the way there with 5,000). There is the more practical matter of Justice League being just a couple of weeks away from the start of production too, and the circumstances would have to be dire for Snyder to be pulled at this point. It looks like BvS is going to at least break even, and it actually has its defenders, who, even if they don’t like the movie, at least enjoyed some of its core elements. In other words, BvS is not the unmitigated disaster that, say, Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four was.
Combined with the fact that there were rumors that Warner Bros. executives were aware in advance of the film’s release of the sure to be mixed reaction it was going to get, so it seems that the studio is confident enough in Snyder to at least launch the first Justice League. On top that, one wonders just how many decision in BvS were Snyder’s and how many were the studio’s as they insisted on cramming into the film all those details to order to play catch-up with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If Snyder was doing his part to execute those studio notes, it would seem even less likely that Warner Bros. would dump him now for doing what he’s told.
On the other hand, if audience retention for the second weekend of Batman V. Superman takes a massive nosedive, and it looks like money may not be flowing in at the rate they’d prefer, then there may be discussions about rethinking Snyder’s future with the DCEU, but plans are so far along at this point, even that seems like an unlikely scenario. In other words, wait and see, but don’t hold your breath.
Batman V. Superman is in theaters everywhere now; Justice League Part One is still scheduled for a November 2017 release.
Source: Geek Tyrant