Even Zac Snyder fans want him to take a break from DCU

After nearly a decade of working with the franchise, director and producer Zack Snyder recently announced that he has not received a “call” from DC Studios or Warner Bros. following their recent organizational change.

Snyder has been involved with DC since 2013’s Man of Steel, the film that would open up the new shared universe for the superhero franchise.

After Man of Steel, he directed Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, both of which received negative critical reviews. He has worked as a producer for the studio on several of the last few films without director credit.

The current shared universe of DC movies is often colloquially referred to as the “Snyderverse” because of the work he’s put into the franchise, but it seems the Snyderverse is officially over.

Most DC fans, whether they like Snyder or not, said this is probably the right move for DC and Snyder.

DC’s motion picture studio recently faced a rebrand, the most notable aspect of which was the appointment of James Gunn and Peter Safran as co-heads of DC Studios. One fan said that Snyder just didn’t fit into DC’s new direction. Gunn in particular is known for funny, light-hearted films, while Snyder focused on brooding, violent stories.

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Fans pointed to 2017’s Justice League as the “beginning of doom” as DC frantically switched directions several times.

Some fans blame Snyder, who wrote and directed the original version of the film. Snyder’s defense attorneys blame Joss Whedon, who took over production after personal tragedy took Snyder out of the job.

Both sides of the fandom – those who support Snyder and those who dislike Snyder – have always been very vocal. There was a group of Snyder fans so large that Warner Bros. eventually released Snyder’s original version of Justice League for HBO Max in 2021, titled Zack Snyder’s Justice League. It received significantly better reviews than the original.

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Snyder is currently signed to Netflix and working on several different projects, so this announcement didn’t come as a huge shock. He’s been very vocal about how much he liked the independence Netflix gave him in filmmaking, a direct contrast to all the studio pressure fans say has weighed on his DC films.

Always one of the classiest people in the business, Snyder said he wishes DC the best and hopes they “make some cool movies.”

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