Zack Snyder is the director behind the upcoming superhero battle royale Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Well known for his comic book and superhero films, he established his distinct slow-motion/action choreography style with 300, Watchmen, and Man of Steel, among others. His is a name that tends to spark controversy (see Sucker Punch becoming a critical and financial dud), and many fans taking umbrage with his grim and dour take on Superman.
Regardless of his divisive status, he is deeply involved with DC Entertainment, and will be directing Justice League Parts One and Two after work after Dawn of Justice is complete. With his long history of comic book adaptions it seemed likely that his future projects would be more work in the DC Extended Universe, or something very similar. We now know a little bit more about what he Snyder has sights set on next – and it just might surprise you.
It turns out that the director has aims on the very first President of the United States. In an interview with Bloomberg Business, Snyder revealed he might mix things up once he can take on new projects again. Apparently Snyder has the iconic photo of George Washington crossing the Delaware displayed in his office and is a source of inspiration. Indicating that he would like to make the film about Washington in the style of 300 – and that his painting may actually be a stylistic interpretation of the famous image we know – Snyder said:
“We were talking about it. The first thing we asked was, well, how are we going to make it look? I pointed at this painting. It looks like 300. It’s not that hard.”
It has been over eight years since Paul Giamatti (Billions) starred in the HBO miniseries John Adams, and there is no question that the founding fathers are a hot commodity right now. The cast recording of the Broadway hit musical Hamilton just took home a Grammy award for Best Musical Theater album. Tickets to the show, which frequently sees big name celebrities in the audience, is sold out through next year. Despite sounding a bit like a Hollywood Mad Libs, with this increased cultural interest in the Revolutionary War and a big name like Snyder’s attached, this George Washington film sounds like a project that could land a green-light quickly.
Of course, that’s not to say that just because a film can be made that it should – and this is undoubtedly a project that would cause far more controversy for the director. Snyder’s brief description conjures imagines of Gerard Butler-as-Washington slow motion punching a Red Coat, and while it is far too early to tell what the movie would really look like, “300– style” is fairly descriptive. If done right we could see a completely fresh take on American history; either way, if the project ever does move forward, it will be very interesting to see how it develops.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25, 2016, which is followed by Suicide Squad on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 23, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Twoon June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and then Green Lantern Corps. on June 19, 2020.
Source: Bloomberg Business