Has Zack Snyder Fallen Out Of Favor At Warner Brothers?

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Has Zack Snyder Fallen Out Of Favor At Warner Brothers?
Zack Snyder is directing Superman reboot Man Of Steel for Warner Brothers but, judging from the trade announcement of Russell Crowe's casting, you'd be hard pressed to know it.

Major announcements in the trade papers are carefully managed affairs, put together by teams of publicists and executives to shape a message for the masses. Nothing at all appears - or fails to appear - in these stories by accident. And it is quite clear from the official Crowe casting announcement in Variety that the name Warner Brothers want people to associate with Man Of Steel in not Zack Snyder but Christopher Nolan.

The piece opens like this:

Whether paying homage to Marlon Brando's cameo in Superman, or just wanting splashy marquee name, Christopher Nolan had all along been seeking an A-list thesp for Jor-El, Superman's biological father, since agreeing to godfather the franchise reboot Man of Steel, for Warner Bros.
The piece goes on from there, giving all credit for the casting to Nolan while later crediting Nolan for "as his his way" keeping the plot details under wraps. He is mentioned by name again as a producer in the next paragraph. In all Nolan is specifically referenced as being in charge of the film four times in the brief piece while Snyder is mentioned only once.

Now, I don't want to minimize Nolan's involvement - he has been around on this right from the beginning - but the simple fact is that he's not directing it. Snyder is. And Nolan, frankly, absolutely will not be able to be hands on during production because he's got a big hero movie of his own in production right now. And if you go back to the casting announcements for Henry Cavill and other key cast I dare say that you'll find the prominence of Nolan and Snyder completely inverted from what they're presenting here, with Snyder taking all the acclaim while Nolan gets a pat on the head for being a good support.

So what happened between Cavill being cast and Crowe being cast to make Warner Brothers want to minimize the visibility and involvement of their own director? Sucker Punch did. Though this is speculation it would appear that Warner Brothers took such a commercial and critical bashing on Snyder's passion project that they now wish to keep him as much as possible in the background on their big summer tentpole. Interesting.
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skinnyboy23June 15, 2011 5:38 PM

knew that was going to happen. I for one loved Sucker Punch but I can see how they are going to play the distance-them-selves game until the movie comes out. You KNOW that for a trailer Nolans name is going to be in BIG FONT whist Zak will be tucked away in the bottom. Sad really that they don't have faith in Zak, but then I guess they do have to deal with the avg movie goer.

Charles WebbJune 15, 2011 5:46 PM

Interesting analysis, Todd. I'm guessing the one-two punch of SUCKERPUNCH and the owl movie have made Snyder less of a hot property to people who pay attention to the names top-lining a film. Meanwhile, Nolan's stock is simply rising.

That out of the way, and my complete and total boredom with SUCKERPUNCH aside, I think Snyder is the kind of action director who might be right for a SUPERMAN production. While note perfect, he has the cartoon sensibility that would be right for a movie featuring the title character actually being physically challenged.

krakarJune 15, 2011 9:49 PM

They are probably even more nervous now that Green Lantern is not getting very good comments. I hope we can take this as a sign that we are getting the story that Nolan envisioned, and that Snyder's working more as a DP and not messing with the content. With a Nolan style tale and Snyder style action and framing Superman could work.

Kevin S. June 16, 2011 4:01 PM

I'm pretty saddened by this, if Warner Bros. really is trying to get Snyder a bit out of the limelight. Even though Sucker Punch didn't do well with critics or at the box office, it was one of the few films that I've seen in a long time that was thrilling, dark, and audacious. I thought it was a compelling movie that is very misunderstood, and it showed that Snyder was vastly improving as a filmmaker. I do wish Warner Bros. would have let Snyder release the picture as rated R instead; it seemed as if he had difficulty cutting it down to PG-13 from various interviews he's given. I love the theatrical cut still, and I'm very excited for the Extended Cut that's going to come out soon.

AnthonyJune 16, 2011 5:11 PM

I hate Zack Syder's ideas and casting line-up, it's all fucked up, man and having a British guy playing the part and that crossing the damn line because he was made as an American DC icon and besides, he's too fuckin' short!!!!! he just doesn't pay attention of this, I swear. And I know for a fact that theres a lot of bad buzz from the fan's ideas and casting line-up for the story. And he couldn't have put in any other villain for the movie, yet he rehashed Zod?! WTF, Superman has a large array of villians like, Mongul, Parasite, Grundy, Metallo, Doomsday or even Darkseid. We don't want to see him fight a villian he's already fought before, the fans want something different, for god's sake!!!

I hope this movie project gets shit canned so they would prevent another Superman movie disaster and to have the WB and dc have a sit-down talk with the family who made the Superman character and think about what their doing and to come to their damn senses and cast Tom Welling in a JLA movie. Tom Welling deserves more acknowledgement. I don't care what other people say, he a great actor for the part, he's earned the right and the WB/DC seriously, seriouly need to give the Superman part to Tom Welling because he knows the character from top to bottom and he's kept the Smallville show alive for 10 long years, I know for a fact that he can save the Superman character. For years, we have been wanting him to play the part in a movie, but in these times, it has become beyond "want". Now, we need him. We need him to play Superman because he can save the Superman character. And in these times, if the WB/DC has any common sense, they would dump Snyder's disastrous Superman project, think about what their doing, to to their senses and give the many, many fans what they have been wanting for the longest time and cast in the actor who can save the superman character - Tom Welling! he's earned it and he DESERVES IT.