Is Zack Snyder Directing ‘Justice League’?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:23 am,

Zack Snyder Directing Justice League Is Zack Snyder Directing Justice League?

The Internet response to the most recent Man of Steel trailer has been pretty glowing, and that’s on top of the fact that early reactions to the film itself were quite positive. If MoS turns out to be a huge success, it would only make sense for Warner Bros. to hire director Zack Snyder to make another DC superhero movie – be it Man of Steel 2 or the much ballyhooed Justice League movie.

Well, according to director Ruben Fleischer (ZombielandGangster Squad), Warner Bros. is going to be doing just that.

Screen Crush recently asked Fleischer – who’s promoting Gangster Squad‘s release on DVD and Blu-ray – if the rumors of him being on the shortlist to direct Justice League were true.

After indicating that he wasn’t in the running, he explained why:

“[T]hat’s something that Zack Snyder is going to wind up doing.”

Well, it’s not much, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

Now, there’s a couple things to keep in mind here: First, Fleischer and Snyder are, according to Screen Crush, good friends. Second, Fleischer worked with Will Beall – who (in)famously wrote a “terrible” (according to sources) draft for JL – on Gangster Squad. So it stands to reason that Fleischer is in a position to know whether or not Zack Snyder will be directing the long-awaited superhero team-up.

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On the other hand, Fleischer did not say that Zack Snyder is currently signed on to direct Justice League. In fact, he seems to have very deliberately said “Zack Snyder is going to wind up” directing the film instead.

What does this mean, then? Either:

  1. Fleischer knows that, if Man of Steel does well, Warner Bros. will ask Snyder to direct Justice League. Because Zack Snyder told him so.
  2. Fleischer presumes that, if Man of Steel does well, Warner Bros. will ask Snyder to direct Justice League. Because it just makes fiscal sense.

Let’s face it, it doesn’t exactly take Nostradamus – or an insider, for that matter – to come to the conclusion that Snyder probably has a future making superhero movies for Warner Bros. if he wants it … unless Man of Steel turns into another Superman Returns or (gulp) Green Lantern. It certainly makes more sense that Snyder would direct Justice League than, say, David S. Goyer, whose directoral work (Blade Trinity in particular) has left a lot to be desired.

The question is – do we want Zack Snyder to direct Justice League? That’s not a slight against his work, some of which I’ve liked (300) and some of which I haven’t (Sucker Punch), it’s just a question about diversity of ideas. Might it be beneficial for the DC movie universe to have different directors take on the various superhero properties at Warner Bros.’ disposal?

Then again, it’s pretty obvious at this point that Warner Bros. is more than a little bit confused about what to do with its (potentially) billion dollar superteam franchise. Perhaps if Man of Steel is as good as the company’s hoping, Zack Snyder, David Goyer, and Christopher Nolan would be the safest bet for replicating that success with Justice League.

We’ll probably have to wait until after Man of Steel‘s release date to find out where Warner Bros. is taking Justice League.

What do you think, Screen Ranters? Are you interested in seeing Zack Snyder take the JLA reins if Man of Steel is successful? Drop us a line in the comments.

Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel hits theaters June 14th, 2013. Justice League – last we heard, anyway – is expected to be released summer 2015.


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  1. You can’t link Snyder’s worst movies with what he’s directing now. Every film has it’s own feel. Some are better than others. If Man of Steel is done the right way – which looks to be so, there’s no way I’d choose someone else to take on the Justice League project & other DC Hero films.

    That being said – we will see in less than 2 months whether or not Man of Steel will surpass my expectations. Can’t wait!!

    • Conversely, you cannot link Zack Snyder’s successful movies to MAN OF STEEL or a possible turn at directing JUSTICE LEAGUE. These would not be the same movie due to the nature and requirements of the script.

    • Who’s “linking” his worst movies with what he’s directing now?

  2. Snyder would be perfect for Justice League. His creativity with other people’s source material is unparalleled.

  3. Zack Snyder is the logical director for any Justice League film. When is what matters.
    Timing is everything. A Justice League film made soon could be made better later.
    After Superman’s house is in order, as Zack once out it, and to me that means
    at least a sequel to Man Of Steel and the solo reboot of Batman as well.
    Other superheroes would not need a solo film first to be included.

    The Superman Batman team up alone in Justice league would be a draw.
    In fact, a Superman Batman film could be made that leads to Justice League.

    • Exactly. All this JL talk needs to chill out. One Superman movie does not mean DC/WB is ready to move on to JL. Introducing a new Batman in a JL movie would be stupid. So you’re right, a proper and successful reboot of Batman is necessary, and at least another attempt at a worthy Green Lantern before anybody should even utter the words “Justice League.”

    • Unless Warner Bros. executives have some sort of covenant with Christopher Nolan to no place Batman in Superman’s universe, that team-up is required for a honest and successful Justice League film. Putting the Dark Knight and MAN OF STEEL together on screen begs for the rest of the league to be there — if only in cameo.

    • i agree to the batman/superman team-up…world’s finest!

  4. I think this is the safest bet – especially with Goyer writing the script.

  5. While he doesn’t have many movies to his name yet (and truthfully I’ve only seen two of them), I think Zack Snyder is a great director. I thought Sucker Punch was such a misunderstood movie. I loved it. Aside from the first trailer, everything I’ve seen of Man of Steel hasn’t disappointed yet either, and I’m really looking forward to it (this coming from a guy who isn’t much of a Superman fan). I think it will be awesome. Justice League seems like something Snyder can pull off for sure. If Watchmen was any indication (yes, loved that too), I think it shows he’s very capable at handling team superhero movies, so I have no doubts he could pull off JL.

    Not that I’m not open to different directors to taking on the helm of course, but if WB wants Snyder, I’m all for it.

    • Justice League should be unlike any movie Zack Snyder has ever done; if it is not, then JL will not be a very good or terribly interesting movie — as comic-to-film go. The qualifier (notwithstanding Ange Lee and Martin Campbell) must be a skilled director but also a technician not coming recently to film nor coming late to DC comics.

      There will be no innovation, only iteration, in this sub-genre of film if the same people are writing and directing every production for Warner Bros. or other studios. Snyder, Goyer (even Nolan) is not guarantee; it only hedges the bet if Vegas got a line on all this.

      Common sense sometimes is uncommon courage.

      • Agreed. I think that all of Zack’s films are misunderstood in some way or another.

  6. Hell yes to snyder directing would love to see him do jl

  7. I will hold back judgement until after I see MoS. If its good, I say why not. If its mediocre, or bad, then obviously not. I’ll wait an see.

    • Tony you’re just jealous because your film isn’t going to be the blockbuster of the summer.

  8. Im not convinced about Snyder directing Justic League. For Now it’s best i wait till after MOS atleast.

  9. As long as Christopher Nolan is involved, all is well.

    • Sorry, but i don’t want Nolan involved with every single DC comic film. Id like to see other’s work.

      • Good thing your opinion is among the minority because I feel as if you are suggesting the failure of Man_Of_Steel entirely. Christopher Nolan’s name would be heavily reassure viewers and Warner Bros. that all will be well. It is always good for a little guidance from someone who has previous success on a titled hero from the same exact franchise.

        You do realize that Nolan’s take on Batman has drawn in cash revenue in the billions of dollars. Do your research before you piss-me-off with your trolling comments.

        • This is a jump to conclusions – Wally West might just want to see a variety of creative points of view. That doesn’t mean that he doesn’t like Nolan nor does it mean that he’s saying Man of Steel is going to fail.

          Also, it’s not “trolling” to say “I don’t want Nolan involved with every DC superhero movie.” That’s called “having an opinion.”

  10. I’ll wait until I see the Man Of Steel. If I think it is good then I will root for Snyder. Sadly if I don’t like it I will hold towards Snyder and hope he doesn’t get his hands on the Justice League. Now lets hope the Man Of Steel doesn’t bomb.

  11. Yes. If he can do Superman well, that alone makes some suggestion that he can do Justice League well. Maybe. But anyone who is a respected, proven director with prior superhero experience is good in theory.

  12. Sad thing is the director is not ‘everything’. He didnt write it he just has to direct what/how he understands the script.

    Im not saying the script is going to be bad but even the actors can screw a director/writer over and vice-versa, etc.

    Meaning the story can suck but the director makes it better or the story sucked and the director could only use what he has.

  13. I say stop badgering WB about making a team-up movie! They seem to be happy doing what they’re doing and they made a team-up movie, ‘Watchmen.’ They’ve been there, done that, and doing better than if they sank two or three times what they’ve put in the ‘MOS’ film and failing to reap the benefit.

    The pot holes for such an endeavor are just too easy to hit. Sure it’s possible to do successfully but it’s apparent that they don’t think the timing or the resources are just right for that. I’ll acknowledge that could change at any time but to constantly bug them about it isn’t accomplishing anything except making everybody crazy. Personally I’m beginning to think it could hurt the success of an eventual release too by playing part in forcing it to happen at the wrong time…

  14. I just want a Suicide Squad film…

  15. Well since Snyder is good with action sequences and visuals, it only makes sense.

  16. Thumbs up for incorporating the word ballyhooed into sentence

    • Much appreciated.

  17. Maybe after Man of Steel hits we’ll finally get some official clarification on the future of DC films.

    It’ll be interesting to see if Man of Steel has any references to other characters or heroes. That’ll give us some clues on their future.

  18. Totally called it.

  19. Even if MOS is a huge success, there are still so many questions about any JL movie. Will there be a Batman reboot? Will Wonder Woman be intro’d in JL (or possibly a MOS 2)? Am I stuck with Ryan Renolds as GL (I guess so if GL2 is in the works)?

    • Oscar Nomination checklist:
      -Christian Bale returns w/ Dark Knight continuity
      -reboot GL
      -Solo films for Wonder Woman and Flash
      -Christopher Nolan is involved

      • – No
        – No
        – hopefully
        – No

      • Let me fix some of that for you:
        -New Batman
        -Revised and re-written Green Lantern play by Ryan Reynolds
        -Solo films for Wonder Woman and The Flash
        -Bruce Timm is involved

  20. If the people are right in front of your face why would you not go for it if MOS is a billion dollar hit and a majority of the people are loving it after they see it? We’ll know soon after for sure when MOS hits in less than 2 months.

  21. I enjoyed WATCHMEN & 300 especially the visual effects I have no problem with Snyder directing this project but WB should hire another writer not to mention that Goyer shouldn’t be writing but just another writer with a knowledge of the DC franchise like Stan Berkowitz, Darwyn Cooke or Adam Hughe someone that love these characters and worked on it before not just Goyer

  22. The thing that cracks me up is Will Beall penning the Justice League script. I mean Gangster Squad was just a terrible, un-original cop movie, and that was a relatively small release. How would you trust him writing the next Avengers’ sized venture.

    • Well, he WAS writing the script. Pretty sure that script’s been scrapped (alliteration!).

  23. Hello everyone! Responding to the concerns of who wrote the editorial reply:

    1. I think beyond that is Z. Snyder or other director / producer / writer associated with the development of the film Justice League, Warner Brothers has taken into account the artistic direction of her upcoming films. Here the most important thing, and that is the essence of Executive Producer: that the direction of each DC Universe movie. generate a lot of money.
    Two. Certainly (if you have a big commercial success, as I imagine) Z. Snyder will have a great support. And if she says “no”, then I am sure that, as with Christopher Nolan assist in the production of the film.
    Three. Finally, I feel that Nolan insist again. I see C. Nolan as Executive Director or Associate DCU. participating royalties each character in comics. And if one puts in the place of any producer of WB, understood that, having your side Nolan is having your hand, and potentially, a considerable sum of money and a great artistic product is reliable.

  24. Batman Reboot and Wonder Woman before JL movie. I’m all for a Flash movie too (my personal favorite), but you need the DC Big Three for the DCCU to kick off right. Introduce Green Lantern (John Stewart) through JL plot. Snyder has a great eye for visuals. Get someone with writing chops who’ll do the source justice (pun intended) and professional actors who are into it for more than the check and profile and MCU’s got some serious competition.

  25. I think Ben Affleck will direct Justice League

  26. Thanks warner for putting worst directors for DC comics films, you really must hate Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash and the rest of the league.