Zack Snyder is one of the most stylistic directors of our time, but, in the DCEU's case, his involvement just wasn't meant to be.
WB's decision to appoint Snyder in 2011 certainly made sense. Both 300 and Watchmen were, while undoubtedly flawed in their own way, visually impressive. Apart from the fact that both were comic book adaptations, it was clear that Snyder had the nous to make a comic book look good on the big-screen. The problem, which became increasingly apparent in the wake of Man of Steel's 2013 premiere, was that there was little substance to match the style, and for a medium that prides itself upon having something to say, that's a major problem.
On the surface, it's clear what Snyder et al. have aimed to achieve with the DCEU; the whole world's meant to be this mythic pantheon of gods, monsters and mortals, fighting in an abstract reality where personal struggle and melodrama are left squarely at the door. That might be someone's cup of tea, but it's not mine, or doubtless other DC fans who've been left shortchanged by their repeated attempts to love a world that simply does not work.
It's a veritable tragedy of the superhero genre, and while the MCU continues to wow and entertain true believers everywhere, the DC faithful have been well and truly left behind.
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