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Army of the Dead’s Zack Snyder inks major first-look deal with Netflix

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Zack Snyder, Netflix ink major first-look deal
July 21, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

According to THR, Zack Snyder has made his relationship with Netflix official as he’s just inked a major first-look film deal with the streaming service. The Stone Quarry, Snyder’s production company he runs with Deborah Snyder and Wesley Coller, will be calling Netflix home for the next two years. “My goal and hope are to bring as much quality content as I can and do it on a giant scale,” Zack Snyder told THR. “Big projects and big movies.”

For Zach and Deborah Snyder, the move to Netflix comes after a public falling out with Warner Bros., and they were eager to make a new home where they could take creative risks and enjoy a trusting relationship. “For us, it was so important to find a partnership that was based on mutual respect,” Deborah Snyder said. “The creative process works best when everybody trusts each other and you can take chances and be creative. For us, we don’t usually play it safe. The content we make is a little bit edgier. And I think it’s important to have a good partnership and hear each other. And Netflix has given us a lot of freedom. But they’ve also embraced the idea of trying new things and not necessary waiting for a success before moving ahead.”

RELATED: Army of the Dead: 75 million views for Zack Snyder epic

The first major project to fall under this new deal will be Rebel Moon, an epic sci-fi fantasy that was announced earlier this month. The sci-fi spin on Seven Samurai takes place on a peaceful colony on the edge of the galaxy which finds itself threatened by the armies of a tyrannical regent named Balisarius. The desperate colonists dispatch a young woman with a mysterious past to seek out warriors from neighboring planets to help them make a stand. In addition to Rebel Moon, Zack Snyder is also developing a sequel to ARMY OF THE DEAD with co-writer Shay Hatten, and would likely tackle that project after Rebel Moon is complete. Snyder is also developing an action project that would be directed by Damon Caro, Snyder’s second unit director and stunt coordinator. Army of Thieves, a prequel to Army of the Dead, will be released on Netflix later this year, with the anime spin-off series Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas set to debut in spring 2022.

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Army of Thieves: Netflix unveils key art for Army of the Dead prequel

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Army of Thieves: Netflix unveils key art for Army of the Dead prequel
July 20, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Zack Snyder’s ARMY OF THE DEAD proved to be a hit for Netflix when it was released back in May and soon we will see how Dieter (Matthias Schweighöfer) embarked on a much different adventure in the prequel, Army of Thieves. Coming about two weeks since releasing the first images from the film, Netflix has unveiled the official key art from the upcoming prequel.

Directed by Matthias Schweighöfer, “In this prequel to Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead, a small-town bank teller Dieter gets drawn into the adventure of a lifetime when a mysterious woman recruits him to join a crew of Interpol’s most wanted criminals, attempting to heist a sequence of legendary, impossible-to-crack safes across Europe.” The prequel also stars Nathalie Emmanuel, Ruby O. Fee, Stuart Martin, Guz Khan, Jonathan Cohen, and Noémie Nakai. You can check out the film’s official key are below!

Army of Thieves is written by Shay Hatten with a story from Zack Snyder. While there is no firm release date yet, Netflix has revealed that we should expect it in the Fall of this year. We actually had a chance to chat with Matthias Schweighöfer about the upcoming prequel back when Army of the Dead was set to be released so make sure to check that out in case you missed it! The team behind the film will also be appearing at San Diego [email protected] on Sunday, July 25, at 2:00 PM PST so be on the lookout for that!

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Zack Snyder to direct sci-fi fantasy Rebel Moon for Netflix

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Zack Snyder to direct sci-fi fantasy Rebel Moon for Netflix
July 6, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Zack Snyder’s partnership with Netflix got off to a rousing start with ARMY OF THE DEAD, and THR has reported that the director’s next film for the streaming service will be similarly epic. The outlet has announced that Snyder will be co-write, direct, and produce Rebel Moon, an epic sci-fi fantasy that began life as a Star Wars pitch a decade ago.

In what sounds like a sci-fi spin on Seven Samurai, Rebel Moon takes place on a peaceful colony on the edge of the galaxy which finds itself threatened by the armies of a tyrannical regent named Balisarius. The desperate colonists dispatch a young woman with a mysterious past to seek out warriors from neighboring planets to help them make a stand. “This is me growing up as an Akira Kurosawa fan, a Star Wars fan,” Snyder told THR. “It’s my love of sci-fi and a giant adventure. My hope is that this also becomes a massive IP and a universe that can be built out.” Snyder will be co-writing the script with Shay Hatten (Army of the Dead) and Kurt Johnstad (300).

RELATED: Army of the Dead: Omari Hardwick on his character’s future (SPOILERS)

As I mentioned above, Rebel Moon started out as a Star Wars movie idea that Zack Snyder pitched to Lucasfilm prior to Disney acquiring the company. It didn’t wind up going anywhere, and Snyder consider transforming the project into a series before deciding it should be a feature-film. Although by the sounds of things, it seems that Snyder it hoping Rebel Moon has major franchise potential. Zack Snyder is hoping to kick off production early next year, but added that he’s “been working on this on the side for so long [that] it’s pretty far along.” Army of the Dead is already setting up a bigger franchise, as a prequel film – Army of Thieves – is on track to debut on Netflix later this year and an anime series – Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas – is on the way as well.

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Zack Snyder says Warner Bros. radio silent after Snyder Cut release

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Zack Snyder says Warner Bros. radio silent after Snyder Cut release
June 13, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Zack Snyder had a year of redemption this year after the positive reception of both Zack Snyder’s Justice League and Army of the Dead. The former was a long time coming and after its launch on HBO Max, it was met with enthusiastic responses from fans and it was reportedly successful for the streamer. You would think some kind of congratulations would be in order from Warner Bros. but Zack Snyder says he has heard nothing from the studio since the film was released.

Zack Snyder discussed the situation during a recent interview with Tyrone Magnus on YouTube. The director was asked if he’d heard anything else from Warner Bros. about the Snyder Cut, specifically any additional opportunities to do more work for them, and not necessarily just continuing his DC universe. Here is what Snyder had to say:

“Well, um…no. I haven’t heard from them at all! After I released the movie, I haven’t gotten a phone call. It’s been radio silence. I don’t…the only communication was [Warner Bros. CEO] Ann [Sarnoff]’s article after the movie was released, but that wasn’t directly to me, that was to the people. So I don’t know. As far as I’m concerned, let’s see what happens with Discovery, and that’s cool. Who knows? All I know is that as of yesterday, Justice League was #1 in the UK again, so…”

Ann Sarnoff did address the release of the Snyder Cut during a March 2021 interview. She expressed that the studio was “happy” that they had HBO Max as a platform to allow Snyder the opportunity to “complete his vision in a four-hour movie, which is impossible to do in theaters.” Despite saying she was happy that the director could complete his vision, she was quick to say there were no plans for Snyder to #RestoreTheSnyderVerse because the studio wanted to focus on the future and expanding the DCEU. At the time Sarnoff said “I appreciate that they love Zack’s work and we are very thankful for his many contributions to DC. We’re just so happy that he could bring his cut of the Justice League to life because that wasn’t in the plan until about a year ago. With that comes the completion of his trilogy. We’re very happy we’ve done this, but we’re very excited about the plans we have for all the multi-dimensional DC characters that are being developed right now.”

I guess the lack of communication from Warner Bros. shows there is still some kind of tension between the studio and Zack Snyder. The director hasn’t been shy about discussing his issues with the studio, particularly when it came to Justice League, and it seems like Warner Bros. just wanted to get the Snyder Cut out to quiet down the fan pressure and appease Zack Snyder on some level. After that, it appears their decision is to merely distance themselves from it.

What are YOUR thoughts on Warner Bros. not contacting Zack Snyder after the release of the Snyder Cut?

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Twilight of the Gods: Zack Snyder Norse gods anime cast unveiled

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Twilight of the Gods: Zack Snyder Norse gods anime cast unveiled
June 10, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Great Odin's beard! The cast for Zack Snyder's Norse mythology-inspired anime series Twilight of the Gods has been announced!

The cast of Snyder's anticipated project was revealed during Netflix's Geeked Week, which has been a source of plenty of excitement over the past few days. The cast includes John Noble (Fringe) as the voice of Odin, Pilou Asbæk (Game of Thrones) as Thor, Paterson Joseph (Timeless) as Loki,  Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead) as Inge, Sylvia Hoeks (Blade Runner 2049) as Sigrid, Stuart Martin (Dampyre) as Leif, Rahul Kohli (The Haunting of Bly Manor) as Egill, Jamie Clayton (Sense8) as Seid-Kona, Kristopher Hivju (Game of Thrones) as Andvari, Peter Stormare (The Big Lebowski) as Ulfer, Jamie Chung (Big Hero 6) as Hel, and Corey Stoll (Ant-Man) as Hrafnkel.

Meet the cast of Zack Snyder's upcoming Norse mythology-inspired series, Twilight of the Gods. #GeekedWeek pic.twitter.com/CU9lA1JGXX

— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) June 10, 2021

Snyder is in the midst of developing multiple anime projects at Netflix, including Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas. Snyder will direct two episodes of the aforementioned anime, with Jay Oliva showrunning and directing as well. As for Twilight of the Gods, Snyder co-created the series with Oliva. The duo will also serve as executive producers on the mythological anime. Being no stranger to the animated arena, Oliva has directed multiple DC animated features, including Justice League Dark, Batman: Bad Blood, and Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. Oliva 

Plot details for Twilight of the Gods are currently nestled in the tangles of Odin's beard, though we'll be sure to give you an update as soon as we know more.

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Army of the Dead is one of Netflix’s most watched movies ever

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Army of the Dead is one of Netflix’s most watched movies ever
May 28, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Netflix has hit the jackpot after betting on Zack Snyder’s newest zombie flick, ARMY OF THE DEAD. According to Deadline, the action-packed heist film is on its way to becoming one of the streamer’s top 10 most-watched movies. Analysts estimate that Snyder’s latest will shamble toward 72 million viewing households in its first four weeks. That’s a lot of subscribers willing to march into the bloody streets of Las Vegas alongside Dave Bautista and his rag-tag crew of zombie hunters.

Before debuting on Netflix, Army of the Dead raged in theaters to become the No. 1 film in more than 70 countries and a top film in over 90. As you might have noticed, Netflix is one of the few streaming services that isn’t shy about sharing its viewership numbers. This is likely due to the studio being proud of its original content, in addition to sending a clear signal to creators that streaming success is here to stay.

Netflix’s top 10 most-watched movies are as follows:

1. Extraction – 99 Million
2. Bird Box – 89 Million
3. Spenser Confidential – 85 Million
4. 6 Underground – 83 Million
5. Murder Mystery – 83 Million
6. The Old Guard – 78 Million
7. Enola Holmes – 76 Million
8. Project Power – 75 Million
9. (tied) The Midnight Sky and Army of the Dead – 72 Million

I’m betting that Netflix knew what they had when they signed Zack Snyder to a multi-film contract. He’s one of the hottest filmmakers in the game, and there’s an army of loyal fans who will follow him onto any entertainment platform. Giving him the means to create a new and epic universe is, simply put, smart business. To this end, Netflix has already contracted Snyder for an Army of the Dead prequel directed by and starring Matthias Schweighöfer, which will follow his Army of the Dead character Ludwig Dieter. The prequel, which is set to arrive later this year, is written by one of the original film writers, Shay Hatten.

RELATED: Army of Thieves: Matthias Schweighöfer on the upcoming prequel

To expand the universe even further, an Army of the Dead anime series is also in the works. The anime series, Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas, chronicles the origin story of Bautista’s Scott and his rescue crew during the initial fall of Vegas as they confront the mysterious source of the zombie outbreak.  Snyder will direct two episodes of the anime series. Jay Oliva is showrunning as well as directing two episodes of the series. The anime will be executive produced by Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Wesley Coller from The Stone Quarry alongside Jay Olivia and Shay Hatten. De la Reguera, Notaro, Hardwick, and Purnell will reprise their feature roles for the anime series.

There’s simply no telling how far Snyder and his crew can take the Army of the Dead franchise. It’s already paying out with big numbers, and this is only the beginning. 

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Zack Snyder says early plans placed Man of Steel in The Dark Knight universe

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Zack Snyder says early plans placed Man of Steel in The Dark Knight universe
May 26, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Christopher Nolan wrapped up his highly successful Batman trilogy in 2012 with The Dark Knight Rises, and the very next year, Zack Snyder kicked off Warner Bros.’ DC Universe with MAN OF STEEL, which was entirely separate from what Nolan had crafted. However, while speaking with MTV’s Josh Horowitz on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Snyder revealed that there had been talk of Man of Steel taking place in The Dark Knight universe when he started developing the film in 2010.

It was not 100 percent off the table. We did talk about it a little bit.

Even if Man of Steel had taken place in the Nolan-Verse, we likely wouldn’t have seen Henry Cavill’s Superman gallivanting around with Christian Bale’s Batman as the ending of The Dark Knight Rises found Bale’s Bruce Wayne hanging up the cape and passing the mantle of The Dark Knight to Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s John “Robin” Blake. “It would’ve been interesting because, just doing the math, if we had done that, the Batman in this movie would’ve been Joseph Gordon-Levitt,” Snyder said. “Which could’ve been cool…but Nolan, and i don’t blame him, his thing doesn’t get muddied by these other things touching it. It’s a tight box, and I’m glad I didn’t f**k with it because its a pretty nice trilogy.” Indeed it was.

RELATED: Superman: DC commits to hiring a Black lead and director for new film

Of course, Henry Cavill’s Superman did meet up with Batman in the sequel, albeit a new version played by Ben Affleck, but early on, Zack Snyder wasn’t sure if the actor would sign on, so he had another actor in the wings — Red Sparrow actor Matthias Schoenaerts “I was talking to him a lot about it,” Snyder said. “He never got in the suit, but I did do a bunch of mock-ups of him, because Ben was on the fence. And I don’t blame him. Everyone should be on the fence when you’re asked, ‘Do you want to play Batman?'” At the end of the day, Affeck did sign on, but Schoenaerts also felt that he was too young to play the part at the time. Zack Snyder’s latest, Army of the Dead, is now streaming on Netflix.

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Army of Thieves: Matthias Schweighöfer on the upcoming prequel

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Army of Thieves: Matthias Schweighöfer on the upcoming prequel
May 24, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

Folks probably took a trip to a Las Vegas plagued by zombies this weekend via Zack Snyder’s ARMY OF THE DEAD, a movie we’ve written a lot about these last few weeks. Those who’ve been keeping up with the news know that Matthias Schweighöfer, who plays the lovable safecracker Ludwig Dieter, has already both directed and starred in a prequel, Army of Thieves, which should hit Netflix in the near future. 

We caught up with Schweighöfer recently, with him giving us a few details on the prequel, in which he stars with Game of Thrones vet Nathalie Emmanuel. While also set in zombie-ridden Las Vegas, it’s not a zombie movie. Well, not really. As per Schweighöfer, “it’s not a zombie movie. But maybe we’ll see a few zombies there too, I dunno. It’s a huge heist movie. It’s a story about why Ludwig Dieter is Ludwig Dieter and a safecracker from another planet. It will be very entertaining and funny and hopefully, we’ll see it soon.”

He also confirmed that “it is a prequel – 100%”, and gave some background on how the film came about. “Last year, in January or February, they called me and said, Matthias, there will be a script called Army of Thieves. Do you want to direct the film? And I said (sarcastically) NO, why, there’s no reason to do that!  No, I was screaming like Dieter, OH MY GOD! And we’re editing, we’re very close to finishing the movie.”

Schweighöfer, who’s an accomplished director in Germany (he starred in and directed the hit Amazon series You Are Wanted) was always a big Snyder fan. “I saw every movie. When I prep my movies in Germany, I always try to teach my people, when we have a second unit, watch Man of Steel. Look what they did, it’s amazing. The details, the atmosphere, the patina. Before the film, he was such a part of my life, and now he’s a friend. I can call him every day and he’s like, what’s up brother – how can I help you?

Are you hyped for Army of Thieves? Let us know in the talkback! 

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JoBlo.com

Army of the Dead: Netflix dead pixel glitch sets off Twitter

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Army of the Dead: Netflix dead pixel glitch sets off Twitter
May 24, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Is that a glitch? If you decided to watch Zack Snyder’s ARMY OF THE DEAD over the weekend you may have noticed something was a bit off. Despite all the jaw-dropping action, a dead pixel has taken center stage for many viewers of the film. Let us explain: display devices such as computer monitors, laptop screens, smartphones, and televisions are comprised of many individual pixels. These pixels change color depending on their intended function. However, pixels can sometimes malfunction or in some cases, die. A dead pixel is where a pixel on a display device fails to change color. It will turn white and remain white as the rest of the display continues to change colors.

Many viewers of Army of the Dead spotted such a phenomenon throughout the film but now it has started a debate about whether or not it is an actual dead pixel or just a general malfunction during the film. Zack Snyder and the Army of the Dead team have not stated why there is a white dead pixel in some of the shots. A thread started on Reddit has speculated that the dead pixel has to do with the cameras that were used and that the movie was shot with that error in place. The white pixel is present in both the 4K and 1080p cuts of the film so this very well could be the case.

The overall consensus, at least from various views on social media, is that the white pixel is an error by the filmmakers. There has been no word about if this error will be fixed so viewers will have to do their best to ignore the dead white pixel if they can. I didn’t notice it until I had to go back and look at it for this story and it may be something you only see once it’s drawn to your attention (ed note – I didn’t notice either). Zack Snyder is used to social media chatter about most of his films and I’m going to assume, in the grand scheme of things, this is a minuscule matter that won’t require a speedy response from the director and his team.

Did YOU notice the dead pixel during Army of the Dead?

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Army of the Dead: Zack Snyder & Dave Bautista Exclusive Interviews

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Army of the Dead: Zack Snyder & Dave Bautista Exclusive Interviews
May 18, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

“Still waters run deep”. That’s how Zack Snyder described Dave Bautista as an action hero. What he means is that despite his hulking look, Bautista is among the most vulnerable action leads in recent years. Unlike other icons, who rarely allow themselves to take their lumps on-screen, Bautista has always embraced the vulnerable side of his characters, something which has made him a favorite of everyone from Denis Villeneuve to Snyder himself.

We recently got an opportunity to sit down with both men. Snyder, as always, is a great interview, describing why he returned to the zombie genre after a decade and a half, and what went into optimizing ARMY OF THE DEAD for home viewing. But, what I found most intriguing were his thoughts on Bautista. 

Thus, when I got the chance to talk to Bautista, rather than pump him for information on Guardians of the Galaxy or Dune, topics that have been well-covered, I asked him to expand on Snyder’s thoughts, and what makes him unique as far as action stars go. While the interview was brief, I thought it was pretty interesting and I gotta say – I love Bautista’s acting.

Army of the Dead drops on Netflix this Friday. Check out our review below!

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Zack Snyder wrote another 300 sequel but Warner Bros. turned it down

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Zack Snyder wrote another 300 sequel but Warner Bros. turned it down
May 17, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Zack Snyder first dipped his toe into the realm of comic-book movies with 300, a highly stylized retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae adapted from the comic by Frank Miller. Snyder co-wrote the film and returned nearly a decade later to co-write 300: Rise of an Empire, and while speaking on The Playlist’s The Fourth Wall podcast, Snyder revealed that he wrote what could have been the final chapter of the franchise during the pandemic, but unfortunately, Warner Bros. shot the idea down.

RELATED: Zack Snyder’s 300 – WTF REALLY Happened to this Movie?

If you’ve been following the news, you’ll know that the relationship between Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. isn’t exactly in the best place, but as Snyder tells it, even he wasn’t convinced that his idea would have been a fitting third installment of the 300 franchise.

I just couldn’t really get my teeth into it. Over the pandemic, I had a deal with Warner Brothers and I wrote what was essentially going to be the final chapter in ‘300.’ But when I sat down to write it I actually wrote a different movie. I was writing this thing about Alexander the Great, and it just turned into a movie about the relationship between Hephaestion and Alexander. It turned out to be a love story. So it really didn’t fit in as the third movie.

“But there was that concept, and it came out really great,” Snyder continued. “It’s called ‘Blood and Ashes,’ and it’s a beautiful love story, really, with warfare. I would love to do it, [WB] said no… you know, they’re not huge fans of mine. It is what it is.” While we still don’t know which project Zack Snyder will be tackling next, he has spoken about putting his spin on the legend of King Arthur. “I’m writing a kind of retelling of the Arthurian legend, that’s sort of set in a different place,” Snyder told The Fourth Wall. “It’s like in the Gold Rush era of America. Kinda weird, but it’s cool and I’m really into it.”

RELATED: Zack Snyder’s 300 will be unleashed on 4K Ultra HD on October 6th

Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead is now playing in select theaters and will hit Netflix on May 21st. You can check out a review of the film from our own Chris Bumbray right here. Additionally, you can also check out Bumbray’s interview with Snyder below!

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Army of the Dead’s first fifteen minutes prepares you for a bloody ride

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Army of the Dead’s first fifteen minutes prepares you for a bloody ride
May 13, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Zack Snyder burst onto the scene with Dawn of the Dead, which, in my opinion, still holds up as one of the best horror remakes of all-time, but sadly, it took the director nearly twenty years before he returned to the realm of the undead. ARMY OF THE DEAD is set to debut on Netflix tomorrow, but if you’re in the mood for a little zombie appetizer, the first NSFW fifteen minutes of Snyder’s latest zombie epic is available for your viewing pleasure above!

RELATED: Army of the Dead Review

The official synopsis for Army of the Dead:

From filmmaker Zack Snyder, Army of the Dead takes place following a zombie outbreak that has left Las Vegas in ruins and walled off from the rest of the world. When Scott Ward (Dave Bautista), a displaced Vegas local, former zombie war hero who’s now flipping burgers on the outskirts of the town he now calls home, is approached by casino boss Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada), it’s with the ultimate proposition: Break into the zombie-infested quarantine zone to retrieve $200 million sitting in a vault beneath the strip before the city is nuked by the government in 32 hours. Driven by the hope that the payoff could help pave the way to a reconciliation with his estranged daughter Kate (Ella Purnell), Ward takes on the challenge, assembling a ragtag team of experts for the heist. They include Maria Cruz (Ana de la Reguera), an ace mechanic and Ward’s old friend; Vanderohe (Omari Hardwick), a zombie killing machine; Marianne Peters (Tig Notaro), a cynical helicopter pilot; Mikey Guzman (Raúl Castillo), a go-for-broke influencer and Chambers (Samantha Win), his ride-or-die; Martin (Garret Dillahunt), the casino’s head of security; a badass warrior known as the Coyote (Nora Arnezeder) who recruits Burt Cummings (Theo Rossi), a slimy security guard; and a brilliant German safe cracker named Dieter (Matthias Schweighöfer). Scott finds an unexpected emotional hurdle when Kate joins the expedition to search for Geeta (Huma S. Qureshi), a mother who’s gone missing inside the city. With a ticking clock, a notoriously impenetrable vault, and a smarter, faster horde of Alpha zombies closing in, only one thing’s for certain in the greatest heist ever attempted: survivors take all.

Army of the Dead will debut on Netflix on May 14th, and you can check out a review from our own Chris Bumbray right here.

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Black Superman movie is long overdue says Zack Snyder

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Black Superman movie is long overdue says Zack Snyder
May 12, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

It was announced earlier this year that Ta-Nehisi Coates would be penning a new Superman movie that would be produced by J.J. Abrams. "To be invited into the DC Extended Universe by Warner Bros., DC Films and Bad Robot is an honor," said Coates. "I look forward to meaningfully adding to the legacy of America's most iconic mythic hero." Abrams added, "There is a new, powerful, and moving Superman story yet to be told. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with the brilliant Mr. Coates to help bring that story to the big screen, and we’re beyond thankful to the team at Warner Bros. for the opportunity." It was later revealed that Warner Bros. and DC were also committed to hiring a Black actor to play the Man of Steel as well as signing a Black director to helm the movie, and it's a move that Zack Snyder thinks it long overdue.

RELATED: Gal Gadot confirms Joss Whedon threatened her career

While speaking with the Radio Times, Zack Snyder commented on the new Superman movie and Warner Bros.' choice to cast a Black actor in the role.

My feeling is that I love JJ [Abrams], I love what he’s done in the past. I’m interested to see what happens, it’s a bold and cool and probably long overdue move. But I love Henry [Cavill] as Superman, of course I do. He’s my Superman.

With Zack Snyder's Justice League now behind him, Snyder doesn't really have much to do with Warner Bros. — he even recently called the studio "aggressively anti-Snyder" — but he's still interested in the stories of these iconic characters. "I'm not really involved in any of the decision-making at Warner Brothers in any way," Snyder said, "so I guess for me it’s just wait and see what they do with this and how it manifests itself. But on the surface, it seems interesting." Although no director or leading actor are attached to the project yet, I'm still very curious to see how this new take on the Man of Steel is handled. Zack Snyder's next project is Army of the Dead, which will be hitting Netflix on May 14th. You can check out a review of the film from our own Chris Bumbray right here.

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Army of the Dead early reactions praise bloody zombie thrills

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Army of the Dead early reactions praise bloody zombie thrills
May 10, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

We’re very close to seeing and talking about a Zack Snyder film that isn’t the Snyder Cut of Justice League as ARMY OF THE DEAD hits theaters this Friday ahead of its streaming debut on Netflix. The trailers have given us an indication that Snyder is returning to his Dawn of the Dead remake roots with his latest effort and it looks like his return to form may be a winner because early social media reactions for the film have been very positive.

Many of the reactions are praising Army of the Dead for being an extremely fun ride that brings together all the right elements to make an entertaining zombie-action hybrid. The opening sequence, in particular, is getting high notices so far on social media and while there are some early reviews that think Snyder could’ve cut the runtime and that it meanders a bit, the vast majority think that fans will definitely like what they see. You can check out some of the early reactions below…including ours!

Our @cbumbray also got to see #ArmyOfTheDead last week. His review drops at noon ET tomorrow – but he had a blast with it. From beginning to end a rock solid zombie shoot em’ up with very human stakes. A kick ass flick.

— JoBlo.com (@joblocom) May 10, 2021

Army of The Dead is a violent, gory, and bloody blast. Zack Snyder’s latest is a ridiculously fun and over the top genre bending zombie film. While the entire cast is great, Matthias Schweighöfer steals every scene. Oh, and the opening credits are absolutely epic. #ArmyoftheDead pic.twitter.com/6Seg3l1AFG

— Scott Menzel (@ScottDMenzel) May 10, 2021

I saw #ArmyoftheDead and I’m all-in on this world.

Pretty sure Zack Snyder just beat WB to the punch and made his own Suicide Squad movie, but with zombies. How about that. pic.twitter.com/xUb0lnylTs

— KIrsten (@KirstenAcuna) May 10, 2021

#ArmyOfTheDead is bloody fun! Has great zombie action, character banter & killer music. Also, quite funny. Loved the world created by @ZackSnyder & that every character has a moment to shine. His style matches perfectly with the zombie genre. Opening credits are ????#ZombieVerse pic.twitter.com/vhbaKjX8KV

— Fico (@FicoCangiano) May 10, 2021

#ArmyOfTheDead’s opening credits sequence is delicious, pure camp. While the rest of the film doesn’t sustain that tone (& meanders), there are lots of wild, deftly executed concepts & scenes centered on the heist. Even more audacious is there’s an unexpected infusion of heart. pic.twitter.com/TPGFC2nG2I

— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) May 10, 2021

I found myself wanting more from #ArmyOfTheDead overall. It’s well cast and often funny. But despite blending the heist/zombie genres, there’s not much newness added to either. One or two fresh setpieces amid familiar blood n gore, but outside of that, you’ve seen it more or less pic.twitter.com/u4Bd0Ra5Ap

— Brandon Katz (@Great_Katzby) May 10, 2021

@ZackSnyder “Army of the Dead” was a helluva ride!

Scary, action-packed & fun!

A wildly entertaining firepower zombie flick that features some of the best death scenes ever!

Viva Las Vegas, baby!#ZackSnyder #ArmyOfTheDead #ArmyOfTheDeadNetflix #Netflix @netflix @NetflixFilm pic.twitter.com/E2WS5ti2vJ

— Rama’s Screen (@RamasScreen) May 10, 2021

You absolutely feel the runtime toward the end but honestly, #ArmyOfTheDead rips. Just let Zack Snyder keep making zombie movies!

— Vinnie Mancuso (@VinnieMancuso1) May 10, 2021

#ArmyOfTheDead is Snyder’s best since Watchmen. His efforts to keep visuals interesting (he’s his own DP for this one) plays well with the “big dumb fun” energy that holds throughout, with the added bonus of a few characters playing better than they are written due to the cast.

— Aaron Neuwirth (@AaronsPS4) May 10, 2021

#ArmyoftheDead is a fucking blast. Like most Snyder films, it’s about 20 minutes too long, but that doesn’t matter when you’re having so much fun.

World-building is intriguing, evolution of the zombie genre is fitting. Watch this movie with as many people as possible.

8/10 pic.twitter.com/IgzN4mHp9T

— Eric Italiano (@ericitaIiano) May 10, 2021

#ArmyOfTheDead was VERY much my kind of thing. As hoped, the setting + Zack Snyder’s eye = a downright stunning display of zombie mayhem and carnage. Fell mighty hard for the whole ensemble, but I might need a 2.5 hour movie about just these two … pic.twitter.com/j6daBtuCOL

— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) May 10, 2021

What are YOUR thoughts on the early reactions to Army of the Dead? Per Netflix, here is the official synopsis for the film which hits select theaters on May 14, 2021, and Netflix on May 21, 2021.

From filmmaker Zack Snyder (300, Zack Snyder’s Justice League), ARMY OF THE DEAD takes place following a zombie outbreak that has left Las Vegas in ruins and walled off from the rest of the world. When Scott Ward (Dave Bautista), a displaced Vegas local, former zombie war hero who’s now flipping burgers on the outskirts of the town he now calls home, is approached by casino boss Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada), it’s with the ultimate proposition: Break into the zombie-infested quarantined zone to retrieve $200 million sitting in a vault beneath the strip before the city is nuked by the government in 32 hours. Driven by the hope that the payoff could help pave the way to a reconciliation with his estranged daughter Kate (Ella Purnell), Ward takes on the challenge, assembling a ragtag team of experts for the heist. They include Maria Cruz (Ana de la Reguera), an ace mechanic and Ward’s old friend; Vanderohe (Omari Hardwick), a zombie killing machine; Marianne Peters (Tig Notaro), a cynical helicopter pilot; Mikey Guzman (Raúl Castillo), a go-for-broke influencer and Chambers (Samantha Win), his ride-or-die; Martin (Garret Dillahunt), the casino’s head of security; a badass warrior known as the Coyote (Nora Arnezeder) who recruits Burt Cummings (Theo Rossi), a slimy security guard; and a brilliant German safecracker named Dieter (Matthias Schweighöfer). Scott finds an unexpected emotional hurdle when Kate joins the expedition to search for Geeta (Huma S. Qureshi), a mother who’s gone missing inside the city. With a ticking clock, a notoriously impenetrable vault, and a smarter, faster horde of Alpha zombies closing in, only one thing’s for certain in the greatest heist ever attempted: survivors take all.

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Army of the Dead: Interactive livestream event set for May 13

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Army of the Dead: Interactive livestream event set for May 13
May 7, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Grab yourselves a wheelbarrow and prepare to bring out your dead for a special interactive event. On Thursday, May 13th, Netflix will host a global livestream event only on the Netflix YouTube channel. Fans can tune in live for this interactive experience to be part of unlocking the first 15 Minutes of Zack Snyder’s eagerly-anticipated Netflix Film, ARMY OF THE DEAD.

Netflix’s upcoming fan-focused event will feature special appearances by director Zack Snyder and stars Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana De La Reguera, Matthias Schweighöfer, Nora Arnezeder, Tig Notaro, and more. Oh, and make sure you bring a sturdy pair of gloves because fans will literally be digging for a sneak peek of Zack Snyder’s zombie heist flick. Once unlocked, audiences will have a 32-hour window to watch the intense beginning of Army of The Dead on the Netflix YouTube channel, the same amount of time that Scott Ward (Dave Bautista) and his crew have to break into zombie-infested Las Vegas to retrieve the $200 million sitting in a vault beneath the strip before the city is nuked.

Now, movie previews are nothing new, but building a fan event around the reveal sounds like a fun and innovative way to get the footage out into the wild. While they didn’t make fans dig through layers of promotional material, the makers of Mortal Kombat recently shared the opening scene of Simon McQuoid’s reboot with fans online. It was a move that generated lots of positive buzz for the new movie and spoke to the filmmaker’s confidence in their product. I guess that the first 15 minutes of Army of the Dead are exceptional, and Netflix wants everybody to know it.

You can check out Netflix’s tweet below to find out how you can participate in this unique zombie-infested experience:

If you want to unlock the first 15 minutes of #ArmyOfTheDead you’re going to have to do some digging (literally). RETWEET this tweet for updates on an exclusive look at the film on May 13th, 10AM PT. pic.twitter.com/Z8PoIR9AtI

— NetflixFilm (@NetflixFilm) May 7, 2021

Army of the Dead is directed and co-written by Zack Snyder with Shay Hatten and Joby Harold. Produced by Deborah Snyder, Wesley Coller, Zack Snyder, the film stars Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana De La Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighöfer, Nora Arnezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Garret Dillahunt, Tig Notaro, Raúl Castillo, Huma S. Qureshi, Samantha Win, Richard Cetrone, and Michael Cassidy.

RELATED: Army of the Dead posters show off colorful array of characters

Per Netflix, here is the official synopsis for Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead:

From filmmaker Zack Snyder (300, Zack Snyder’s Justice League), ARMY OF THE DEAD takes place following a zombie outbreak that has left Las Vegas in ruins and walled off from the rest of the world. When Scott Ward (Dave Bautista), a displaced Vegas local, former zombie war hero who’s now flipping burgers on the outskirts of the town he now calls home, is approached by casino boss Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada), it’s with the ultimate proposition: Break into the zombie-infested quarantined zone to retrieve $200 million sitting in a vault beneath the strip before the city is nuked by the government in 32 hours. Driven by the hope that the payoff could help pave the way to a reconciliation with his estranged daughter Kate (Ella Purnell), Ward takes on the challenge, assembling a ragtag team of experts for the heist. They include Maria Cruz (Ana de la Reguera), an ace mechanic and Ward’s old friend; Vanderohe (Omari Hardwick), a zombie killing machine; Marianne Peters (Tig Notaro), a cynical helicopter pilot; Mikey Guzman (Raúl Castillo), a go-for-broke influencer and Chambers (Samantha Win), his ride-or-die; Martin (Garret Dillahunt), the casino’s head of security; a badass warrior known as the Coyote (Nora Arnezeder) who recruits Burt Cummings (Theo Rossi), a slimy security guard; and a brilliant German safecracker named Dieter (Matthias Schweighöfer). Scott finds an unexpected emotional hurdle when Kate joins the expedition to search for Geeta (Huma S. Qureshi), a mother who’s gone missing inside the city. With a ticking clock, a notoriously impenetrable vault, and a smarter, faster horde of Alpha zombies closing in, only one thing’s for certain in the greatest heist ever attempted: survivors take all.
 

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Netflix Summer Movie sizzle reel drops Sweet Girl and Fear Street footage

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Netflix Summer Movie sizzle reel drops Sweet Girl and Fear Street footage
April 27, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Netflix has unveiled its 2021 Summer Movie Preview, giving us a great look at all the films headed our way during the year's hottest season. Netflix plans to release a new film every week this summer, so crank up the AC, pop some corn, and enjoy the ride as a bunch of cool movies help you beat the heat.

Make a plan for family movie nights with The Mitchells vs. The Machines, Blue Miracle, Wish Dragon, Skater Girl, Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans, and The Loud House Movie.  Spend Father’s Day with Kevin Hart’s new film Fatherhood, and catch a more unconventional parenting style with Jason Momoa kicking-ass to save his daughter in Sweet Girl.  For sentimental types, have a date night with the final chapter of The Kissing Booth trilogy, Resort to Love or The Last Letter From Your Lover.

Put on some flannel and Doc Martens for 90’s nostalgia –  we’re bringing back the beloved teen-scream genre with the Fear Street trilogy, and for those of you less faint-of-heart, Rachael Leigh Cook is back for a gen-z update of He’s All That starring TikTok sensation  Addison Rae.  And to cool you down from that summer heat, we’ll serve up plenty of chills with this collection of thrillers starring some of your favorite leading women: Oxygen (Mélanie Laurent), The Woman in the Window (Amy Adams), and Beckett (Alicia Vikander).

From A to Z – all of the stars are on Netflix this summer – Addison Rae, Alicia Vikander, Amanda Seyfried, Amy Adams, Ana de la Reguera, Channing Tatum, Christina Milian, Dave Bautista, Dhanush, Felicity Jones, Gessica Kayane, Gina Rodriguez, Guillermo Del Toro, Iliza Shlesinger, Isabela Merced, Jason Mantzoukas, Jason Momoa, Jean Claude Van Damme, Jeffrey Wright, Jennifer Hudson, Joel Courtney, Joey King, John David Washington, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Kevin Hart, Liam Neeson, Lord & Miller, Matthias Schweighofer, Melanie Laurent, Omari Hardwick, Rachael Leigh Cook, Sadie Sink, Shailene Woodley, Tanner Buchanan, and Zack Snyder.

Here's the full slate for Netflix's Summer Movie Schedule:

April

Things Seen & Heard – 4/29

The Mitchells Vs. The Machines – 4/30

May

Monster – 5/7

Oxygen – 5/12

The Woman in the Window – 5/14

Baggio: The Divine Ponytail – 5/26

Ghost Lab – 5/26

Blue Miracle – 5/27

June

Carnaval – 6/2

Awake – 6/9

Wish Dragon – 6/11

Skater Girl – 6/11

Fatherhood – 6/18

Jagame Thanhiram – 6/18

Good On Paper – 6/23

The Ice Road – 6/25

America: The Motion Picture – 6/30

July

Resort to Love – 7/29

The Last Mercenary (Le Dernier Mecenaire) – 7/30

August

The Kissing Booth 3 – 8/11

Sweet Girl – 8/20

He's All That – 8/27

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Zack Snyder reveals his more poetic original title for Batman v Superman

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Zack Snyder reveals his more poetic original title for Batman v Superman
April 20, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

When it was revealed that Zack Snyder’s follow-up to Man of Steel would be titled BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, I think it’s safe to say that most of us rolled our eyes at the clunky title, and it seems that Snyder himself was never a fan. While speaking during a Justice Con panel this past weekend, Snyder confirmed that the title was the only one that Warner Bros. wanted, but if he had his way, the film would have been titled something more poetic.

RELATED: Zack Snyder describes Warner Bros. “hatred” for Batman v Superman
I remember when there was a back-and-forth that I had with the studio, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was like the only title that [Warner Bros. liked]. The whole ‘v’ instead of ‘versus,’ it was like this crazy negotiation. I was like, ‘Guys, can’t we just do something like Son of Sun and Knight of Night, or something that’s a little bit more poetic?’ And they were like, ‘Absolutely not’ [Laughs]. I was like, ‘Is it a court case?’ The only plus of it is that BvS is really easy.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice co-writer Chris Terrio was also present during the panel, and said that he would have “loved something really simple, like Batman and Superman.” The writer added that for a while, they were considering “titling it ‘Justice League: [Subtitle],’ to suggest that this movie was going to be the beginning of the Justice League, even though it didn’t really look like it. Like ‘Justice League: Foundations,’ or you know, ‘Justice League: Rising.'” I can’t imagine that Warner Bros. ever seriously considered Zack Snyder’s title preference, not when two of their biggest characters were set to appear in the same film, but you can’t help but wonder what might have been.

RELATED: Batman v Superman Enhanced Edition to stream on HBO Max next week

Speaking of Zack Snyder, our own Paul Shirey was on the set of Army of the Dead many moons ago, so be sure to check out his articles explaining everything you need to know about the zombie epic, as well as interviews with Dave Bautista and Zack Snyder himself. Army of the Dead will debut on Netflix on May 21, 2021.

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Netflix’s Army of the Dead set visit: Dave Bautista speaks!

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Netflix’s Army of the Dead set visit: Dave Bautista speaks!
April 20, 2021 by: Paul Shirey

While the biggest draw to ARMY OF THE DEAD may be its director, Zack Snyder, the international cast is also something that will no doubt appeal to a diverse amount of viewers, including such names as Hiroyuki Sanada, Ana de la Reguera, Samantha Win, Ella Purnell, Garret Dillahunt, Theo Rossi, Nora Arnezeder, Omari Hardwick, Matthias Schweighofer, Raul Castillo, Tig Notaro and, of course, Dave Bautista, who leads this pack of “Los Vengeance” into the zombie fray. Bautista has certainly achieved household recognition, be it as a professional wrestler or the lurking goofball that is Drax The Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, but his ambitions seem to go much deeper than just being the big badass that he is.

While on the set of Army of the Dead, Bautista seemed relaxed, yet still eminating an air of intensity. Soft spoken, but with a deep voice that sometimes feels like a whisper, Bautista, decked out and kitted up for action (shooting the wire-work scenes that day as he jumps from table to table firing at zombie attackers), the actor talked in-depth about his career, his ambitions to direct (and steal some tips for Snyder himself), the material he most wants to do (indie films and a TV series), his representation of the Filipino community (he’s half Filipino on his father’s side), why it’s hard to find dramatic work (take a guess), why he would’ve turned down the role had Snyder not been directing (understandable), the rehiring of James Gunn for Guardians 3 and, finally, how he felt about Drax not getting to kill Thanos (I mean, he DID kill Drax’s family).

It’s an interesting peek behind Bautista’s hardened shell and he comes off genuine, hungry and maybe even a little misunderstood in terms of how he’s being best utilized. One thing is for sure, though, and that’s that Bautista is excited to be where he is and working with a director that could potentially make him shine in a way he hasn’t before.

Q: Well, what’s the experience been like doing that as Zack Snyder zombie film.

Dave Bautista: It’s been, let’s just shorten that and say Zack Snyder film, because that was why I signed on, was to work with Zack. Because originally Zack and I had been working on another project we were trying to get done for like the last three years, which for one reason or another never materialized. And so Zack called me up one day and he said-cause I knew this film was happening. And I talked to him, we’re both at GA. So I’d been thrown my way a few times and I-sounded cool, but this wasn’t what I thought I was going to be working with Zack on. Anyway, he called me and said he had written another part that he wanted me to do, actually it was the Vanderohe part. And he said, when he came down to casting, I’m trying to think of who Scott was. And he said Dave’s not Van, Dave’s Scott. So he called me up. I guess he had talked to them, Netflix already made sure that he approved and then call me up and offered me the part. And I took it, but that was why, because I wanted to work with Zack. I wanted to work with him for years and it’s really just so I can, um, so I can steal all his shit. I want to steal his stuff. I want to watch him work, cause he’s great. Like visually he’s, he’s a visual master and I wanted to, uh, get in and learn from him and steal his stuff. So I could go on and direct my films and take credit for his work. I’ll steal all his stuff and my films will look like his films.

Q: What were some of the things that you ended up learning then from him that you’ll take with you?

Dave Bautista: Just kind of camera tricks. And I also liked that he’s very much-Um, and I only know this because watching this documentary about Spielberg was one of those guys who visually was looking around and see something and runs and grabs the camera. He goes, let’s shoot it. Let’s shoot. And Zack is very much that way. Cause we’re shooting all this with, you know, a lot of natural light, mostly natural lighting. So they’ve only stuck like a little, a couple of light tubes in here and there, like very sparingly, but most of it’s all natural light. And so a lot of times he’s just catching things on the fly, which is it’s weird. It’s because it’s one of those things where our schedule is constantly changing because of that. But as well, you want to be flexible because you want to be a part of that at the same time. Sometimes it can get a little frustrating for schedules. It’s nice knowing what you’re doing when you’re doing it. You kind of prepare a little better. So it’s one of those things where we’re just on a lot of things on the fly. And sometimes, especially when we’re in the desert, the weather was changing, lights were changing or go on to something else or come back to the next day. It gets a little frustrating sometimes. And also the way a lot of his focus tricks are really, really unusual. Really unusual, but lead for a really interesting, interesting look on the characters, but also a really interesting look on the background. So, a lot of times because of the way he’s shooting, the background will almost become one of the characters. I mean, feels like it’s another person that it feels like it’s alive. So, I learned a little tricks here and there. It’s an interesting-it’s an artistic way to look at a zombie film. It’s different.

Q: Is that stuff that he keeps everyone clued in on or are you specifically looking over his shoulder?

Dave Bautista: No I don’t. I think he’s very open about it if you talk to him about it. But um, I think sometimes he’s just making it up as he goes to. It’s an artistic thing I think. And that’s, what’s good about it. I like that he’s picking up the camera and being an artist. Sometimes I think he even loses sight of the performance because he’s so concerned visually the way he’s creating things visually. Um, so it’s, it’s really, it’s an interesting process because we feel the actors that we’ve really kind of relied on each other every once in a while, as far as cause I think, Zack sometimes gets so focused on what he’s shooting and we’re, you know, as performers we’re concerned about our performances. We’re not, we don’t, we’re not looking through the camera. We’re not seeing the big picture. We’re just seeing our performances. Sometimes, I think Zack is so focused on everything else, every once in a while we’ve relied on each other for our performance. Does that make sense?

Q: With Scott [Ward], as a father, which is, I guess a little unusual, for a big crazy Zombie film. How is that being-?

DB: It’s weird. There’s so many different things in this film. There’s so many layers to this film. There’s a lot of relationship. There’s a lot of heartbreak in the storm, but there’s also-this. film is a lot more political than people realize. I think that’s being laid out right now politically. It’s very political. And it makes sense, it’s an element-but I think most people would just see as a zombie heist film, that’s what it is, but some people will pick it apart and. see the political.

Q: From your perspective, has there been more freedom to explore that angle with this being a Netfix movie as opposed to a big studio project?

Dave Bautista: Um, no. It feels like a big studio project to me. There’s, I think there’s been a lot of flexibility as far as performance, but I think, um, you know, I’ve sat down with Zack a few times where I kind of disagreed with what was in the script. and he’s explained to me why he felt strongly that it should be certain ways and at the end of the day he’s the director and I have to agree with him. But there’s been a few things where I thought, to me, they could’ve gone different routes. But, I think he’s got a vision in his head, he’s got a message in his head and at the end of the day he’s the boss.

Q: I remember there’s a long time ago when I was watching you on TV. And Eddie Guerrero called you “Bautista”. And that meant a lot to me. I think it meant a lot to Filipinos across the country. Now you’re Dave Bautista all the time and starring in the biggest movies on the planet. What does that mean to you to kind of be our guy on this side?

Dave Bautista: It’s weird. It’s so funny that you said that because I’m getting ready- my agent’s probably gonna have a cow- but I’m getting ready to get the stars front and center really big on my chest. [laughter]. That just speaks to where my pride is as far as being a Filipino and I’m, you know, I’m half Filipino, but I have basically, I grew up with my father’s side of the family. That’s what I know. And also I’ve never been embraced like I was when I went to the Philippines. So Filipinos embraced me and It means a lot to me, cause I want to be embraced, I want to represent something, I want to inspire people. So, it means a lot to me.

Q: Have you been lucky to work with some great directors filmmakers? Is that what’s driving your decisions most of the time?

Dave Bautista: Um, I don’t know if it’s driving my decisions, but I think it’s definitely, it’s. definitely my ambition-by choice. Zoe Saldana, um, early in my career said that that would be, that I should be careful directors that I work with. Be very picky and choosy about the directors. And that’s always in the back of my head. It’s always top of my list, I have kind of a list of directors that I want to work with and some that aren’t on my list, they come my way. First thing I do is I want to. be-I want to know what they’ve done, see what they’ve done, I’ll go back and I’ll watch it and see how they direct performances, how the performances are Performances are a huge deal to me. And also, you know, if they’re good storytellers, that means everything to me cause I think sometimes, if you have a film, performances could be great, I mean, there’s a lot of films, a lot of big superhero films where performances are great, but somewhere along the line, they lost track of the story and just made the movie shit. So I always keep that in the back of my mind. But definitely, yeah, directors are, I want to work with the best directors in the world, cause I want to be a director so I want to learn as a student of this.

Q: We were talking about Zack sort of giving feedback as you go and kind of letting performances go versus I know you worked with James Gunn who is also very interactive with you guys on set, how did the two of them compare as directors on set?

Dave Bautista: I think James would be much more, I feel like he’s much more involved with performance. I think. um, I have a lot more flexibility with Zack. Um, James is a control freak. Have you guys all met with him? He’s very much a control freak, um, Zack seems to-which I don’t mind, because he’s a great director. Like he’s a brilliant director and he’s a brilliant storyteller. So I’m okay to give myself to guys like that and I trust them. Zack just seems to be willing to give you much more freedom and flexibility. And you know, when he’s happy with something, because he’ll say cut a certain way, um, you can see him, he doesn’t, um, he doesn’t give you a whole lot of emotion, but he’ll look at you and he’ll like, shake his head and you can tell when he’s really happy with something. And every once in a while, I’ll feel like self-conscious or insecure. about my performance and I’ll go and I’ll ask him, ‘what do you think? do we need adjustments or anything?’ And he’s like, “No, it’s perfect.”.

So it’s like sometimes if you, like, with opposite guys like James Gunn, like I was giving this performance once and he was really upset, not because of the way I was performing. He was upset because where my eyes were looking. So he told me to pick a spot. I swear to God, pick a spot, focus on it and don’t move my eyes. And also like directors, like Denis [Villeneueve] very much, he has a vision and he doesn’t want you to sway from that vision. Um, which is really helpful for me, cause he’s brought out some really, I think, really strong performances in me that I didn’t think that I was capable of because he was directing me to go a certain way. Just, my small role in Blade Runner [2049] guys showed up to do that role a certain way. When I got there, I realized that it was all wrong. Cause he had me do everything differently, down to the way I walked. And then I got so much love for that small role and I have to give credit to him cause of the way he directed me to perform. With all these guys they’re just really great at one thing-well, not one thing, because really, I think passionate about like certain things, we just kind of draw from them and learn from. them.

Q: As far as the next few years, what are you looking to do?

Dave Bautista: Television. Yeah. I want to do a television series. I’m dying to check that box. I really want to do-there’s something, a project I was pursuing for a long time and we just had this struggle to get it done. So, I’m looking at other projects right now. I do want to do a television project and then I have, uh, I think I have my bigger projects lined up, but I have my bigger projects lined up, but I wanted to just fill in those smaller things. I also still want to step back and do more independent stuff, which is also a struggle for me because I look like an action hero. A lot of times the deep, dramatic indie films don’t want to cast me. And I get it, my look is distracting, but at the same time those are the performances that I prefer. So, hopefully more indies; dramatic indies. And then a Television series.

Q: Why TV?

Dave Bautista: Well, there’s a few different reasons. I think TV is really a great way to learn because of the pace that they work at. I also think that I’ve always had this way that I thought to build myself as, as an actor goes for my career. And I think TV, when you’re face is up there every week, every week just builds your career. It makes you a valuable name. But I also want the challenge of just moving like that, just moving like that constantly, what you give them. Cause you got like a few chances to get these takes in and what you give them is what you’re stuck with. That’s your performance. And that was kind of something-that was the reason I took, um, I did a film called Pusher. It was a small film, but there were long, long takes. And it was really a challenge for me at the time, because the performance I gave on that take was the performance I was stuck with. And, I wanted that challenge, because I want to be a better actor. So, that’s it, I want the challenge and I also want to get my face out there and build my career.

Q: Got to find a showrunner you can trust.

Dave Bautista: Absolutely. We’re talking about one now. One that I’m very interested in. But, I want to make sure it makes sense, because it’s a 6-month commitment and I’ll be 51 when I do it, so I’m not getting any younger. So, giving up six months, it’s gotta make sense- Q: You look 30 DB: Thank you. [laughter] I have so much make-up on!

Q: Is there a specific genre you’d want to do for directing?

Dave Bautista: I just always lean toward drama. I just like drama. I have a couple of ideas of my own that I’d like to get done, but again that all goes back to being valuable. If you’re a valuable name you can get-people listen. If you walk into a room, people listen. So, I’m trying to build myself as an actor so people pay attention. Studios will listen. Producers will listen. If you can make them money, they’ll be willing to listen.

Q: If you do directing would you also do writing?

Dave Bautista: I would definitely collaborate. I’m not that person. I can give you an outline of a story, but to sit down and write out a whole conversation would take a long time. It would take forever and I’d overanalyze everything and it’d never be right. So, yeah, I’d rather give someone a storyline and say this is the first act, second act, third act, I know what I want this to be, I know what the end of this is, now let’s write this. I’d rather sit down with a qualified writer, somebody who’s educated in doing this, somebody who’s already proven, that would be my preference.

Q: You mentioned that you look like an action hero, which you do, so for a movie like this, is this like you just show up, put on the gear and you’re good to go or do you actually have to go through some training-?

Dave Bautista: No, I just show up without the gear and I was good to go.

Q: I mean, you look action-ready, so that’s what I mean-

Dave Bautista: And that’s what I mean. If Zack wasn’t directing this film, to be honest with you, I probably wouldn’t have taken it. I probably would’ve passed. I’ve passed on a hundred movies along this vein. I probably would’ve said ‘nah, it’s another action guy’, I could care less. But, because Zack is directing, I said ‘hell yes, sign me up.’ But yeah, I showed up and I was ready. [laughter]

Q: You kind of showed up to this industry very used to telling a story with your body. Has that been an asset to you?

Dave Bautista: No, because I’ve tried to go the other route. Like, The Rock is a perfect example of someone who uses that strength, so I wanted to go against that grain and make everything much smaller, very subtle. I make a living off of subtlety. I want that to be my strength. I want that to be what separates us. I don’t want to be that guy who walks in that room, I never wanted to be that guy.

Q: Specifically, you and The Rock?

Dave Bautista: No, I don’t mean that as a dig on him, but you know how he is as a character. He feels very professional wrestling to me. I don’t want to be that guy. I want to be an actor. I want to act, I want people to judge me for my acting, my subtlety. I want to take roles that require that. I don’t want to be a big action guy who just says cool shit and kills a lot of people and gets the girl. I don’t want to be that guy. I want to guy that makes people cry, who makes people think, who inspires people. I want to be a dramatic actor. I just love it. I love acting.

Q: Theo [Rossi] was raving about your performance and said it was very unexpected, did you guys get to flex that?

Dave Bautista: I think so. There’s some pretty emotional beats that I’ve gotten to flex a little bit. And then there’s some cool action shit, too, where I just kill zombies. Which is also cool for me to, again, it goes back to me being the guy they expect me to be, but also being the guy they’ve never really seen me be. I haven’t done a whole lot of action stuff if you think about it. Even with my Marvel stuff, I’m not really known for my action in Marvel, I’m known for saying dumb shit [laughter]. So yeah, I think it’s kinda cool.

Q: In the concept art, we see you in your military gear, but also in a white cap and apron. Can you talk about that?

Dave Bautista: Well, so my dream-I’ve lost my American Dream. I had a food truck. And that was my dream. I just wanted to be my own boss and have a family. And when the zombie breakout happened it just all went to hell. So, after we contained the zombie breakout, I lost everything, including my family. And, I was working as a short-order cook in a crappy little purgatory.

Q: So, that taco truck was your taco truck?

Dave Bautista: It’s my taco truck. It once was. That was my American Dream. My dream now is, like, to have another truck, another restaurant, just go back to the way life was.

Q: You mentioned wanting to be a director and you were very vocal when James Gunn was taken off Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3. Now that he’s back, what’s your reaction to that?

Dave Bautista: Obviously, I’m happy. Ecstatic. But, also I think it’s a big statement for Disney to go back on a decision like that. Like, I think that’s a huge statement, a very political statement. It’s not something they needed to do, not at that point, but they basically stepped back and did the right thing and I think that’s a huge statement. So, not to sound condescending, but I’m very proud of Disney. I’m sure that wasn’t easy for them, because they’re basically admitting to the world they made a mistake, they’re wrong. But, also, what that statement says goes a long way. So, hopefully that’ll stop-I don’t know if it’ll stop, but maybe it’ll deter people from making rash decisions like that from the past and people will see political attacks like that for what they are, cause that’s all it was really. It was a political attack and it was a rash decision, it was a bad decision. It empowered really horrible people. So, I think for them to go back when they didn’t have to at that point was a huge step. I’m very proud of them.

Q: Also, to scratch that TV itch, in the Marvel world they’re doing a lot of Disney+ streaming-

Dave Bautista: Yeah, I was shocked. I got on my Twitter for a second and started to bash them for not making-like, not one Guardians [of the Galaxy] character got a TV show. Like, how does that happen? There’s so many interesting characters in that world. I just don’t get it. But, then I thought, I don’t know what they have in mind and I don’t know what they have planned, I get that they take all their marquee characters and they gave them shows, so I don’t want to take away from that just ‘cause I’m bitter that nobody from our series-honestly, if they offered me a series, I wouldn’t do it. Not a chance in hell would I do a TV series playing Drax. That is a make-up nightmare. I would be miserable. Yeah, that make-up isn’t fun. It’s awful, so I’m not gonna sign up to do a series where I’m in that make-up every day.

Q: Were you disappointed that Drax didn’t get to take his vengeance on Thanos personally [in Avengers: Endgame]

Dave Bautista: Yeah, I think everybody was. I said in interviews somewhere where that I wish Drax would’ve killed Thanos and I got all these people saying, ‘That doesn’t even make sense! How could you say that? Drax doesn’t deserve to get to kill Thanos!’ And I said it because there’s not a character in the Marvel Universe that doesn’t want to kill Thanos. Of course Drax wanted to kill Thanos. Everybody wanted to kill Thanos. So yeah, a little disappointed, cause I kinda take that whole storyline very personal. But, I think every character wanted to get their hands on Thanos. I have to say on the record that I love Josh Brolin [Thanos] to death. He’s actually one of my favorite people and by far one of my favorite actors. I love him. He’s such a brilliant actor. He’s overlooked way too much.

Army of the Dead blasts onto Netflix on May 21st, 2021.

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Army of the Dead: Zack Snyder on his Netflix zombie action movie

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Army of the Dead: Zack Snyder on his Netflix zombie action movie
April 20, 2021 by: Paul Shirey

It’s hard to believe there was a time when we were traversing the globe and visiting movie sets, interviewing talent and entering buildings without masks, but let’s take a trip back in time and remember what that was like. To be specific, let’s jump back to October 2nd, 2019 and touch down on the East Coast, making our way to the oceanside resort known as Atlantic City, New Jersey. Casinos, gambling, nightclubs, boardwalks and…zombies?

Holed up among the high-rise buildings and right on the edge of the beach sits the New Orleans-themed Showboat Hotel, which was not only a relatively inexpensive getaway for tourists, but was doubling as a movie set for director Zack Snyder’s first new feature since his initial run on Warner Bros. Justice League before it was hijacked, recut and dumped in theaters.

Dealing with family tragedy and the wound of losing the fight in his vision for the superhero team-up, Snyder found solace in a familiar place; the place where his feature-filmmaking journey began: Zombies. Snyder, along with Shay Hatten and Joby Harold, concocted the post zombie-apocalyptic heist actioner, ARMY OF THE DEAD, which brings together a diverse ensemble cast to do exactly what the title implies; fight zombies.

Much has changed since October 2nd, 2019, including a real-life pandemic that’s changed the world over and, for Snyder, a redemption of sorts for his troubled experience on Justice League. Within a year of this set visit, Snyder was given the opportunity to complete the film he set out to make for the DCEU, and just a month ago saw its release on HBO Max. I don’t know if that shows how fast time flies or how time drags, but one thing is certain; Zack is back.

For my part, visiting the set was worthwhile just to speak to the man himself. Snyder had gone dark since Justice League was released initially and no one had really spoken to him outside of a Snydercon event that took place at the director’s alma mater, The Art Center College of Design. Even there he was mum on specific details about the Justice League fall out, as well as what he may get up to next. But, the cat’s now out of the bag and it’s a giant zombified tiger at that. While we’ve all now seen Zack’s vision for Justice League, at that point in time it wasn’t a done deal, let alone an announced project or even a fathomable possibility. So, in meeting with Snyder, we were kind of nabbing a moment to see what was really going on with the reclusive filmmaker.

Paul Shirey on the set of Army of the Dead in Atlantic City, NJ, October 2nd, 2019 – photography by Clay Enos

After a day of wandering the mock casino floor of The Showboat, which looked like a warzone, scattered with cards, chips, dust, debris, bullet shells, bodies and blood, we made our way to lunch, which was in a makeshift tent. After filling our plates and settling in, wondering what the rest of the day had in store for us, we were greeted nonchalantly by a man sitting down amongst us, wearing a tattered white t-shirt, set badge dangling around his neck, a plate full of greens and a chiseled, gruff face. This is Zack Snyder.

The visionary voice behind some of the biggest, boldest, darkest and destructive franchise films of the last sixteen years, often ahead of their time, underappreciated, loathed, loved, worshipped, hated and picked apart time and again. From Dawn of the Dead to 300 to Watchmen to Suckerpunch to Man of Steel to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, (the real) Justice League and now Army of the Dead, Snyder has delivered some of the most amazing and viscerally-thrilling works that always seem to rub some folks the wrong way, while filling others with exactly what they need. Perhaps that’s the mark of a true artist…

What surprised me most about Zack (and his wife and longtime producing partner Debbie Snyder) was the down-to-Earth earnestness he exudes, which is something that speaks to his films as well. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they are absolutely the work of one man’s vision and Snyder speaks in that exact voice; calm, affable, passionate and conflicted. While we witnessed Zack at work on set, calling the shots, laughing, directing and even, at one point, firing off blanks from an M4 as an example of what he wants to his cast/crew, this was our moment to finally hear the man out and we were all ears. Well, in between bites of lunch.

Because I know the Snyder fans out there want to hear as much as they can, here’s the entirety of our lunch conversation, which plays even better when you consider how things would play out within the next few years after it was conducted.

Q: What did it mean to find a place you could shoot at?

ZACK: It was super hard. You can imagine that Vegas isn’t shutting down their entire floor for a studio. Here at the Showboat it’s so hard to shut the power off. Casinos aren’t designed to have the lights switched off. Literally, they didn’t know where the switches were. It was crazy. I was like, ‘Can you guys shut the lights off?’ and they were like, ‘What?’ The lights hadn’t been off for 20 years. You can imagine that in a bigger casino that has people in it that, that would’ve been problematic. But, anyway, it’s worked out really great. And it’s kinda fun being in Atlantic City.

Q: You weren’t originally at Showboat, right? You were at Atlantic? Is this a better venue, or?

ZACK: We were still shooting a bunch over there, but with the casino floor itself had a lot of construction going on and it ended up not having the length and breadth that we had here. It needs a big scale, so it’s worked out. It’s funny that the two casinos happen to be kinda close to each other. The Trump was also a possibility, but it didn’t work out.

Q: It’s been 15 years since Dawn of the Dead. Has it been fun to return to the zombie genre?

ZACK: It’s been, well, when we did Dawn it was slightly genre-busting movie in that I was a fan of the original and so didn’t want to remake the movie exactly, but certainly wanted to hit the tropes and all the sort of different aspects of a zombie movie that make it fun and or scary and or, y’know, social commentary-whatever you want to say about the genre. Those were all things that I was super into. But, the movie itself, I wanted to be careful not to destroy the original movie-not destroy, but y’know when you remake something exactly there can be some confusion later about where the ideas come from and how they’re formed and stuff like that. So, I was trying as best I could to homage the movie, y’know. It was more like reference to the original than it was a straight remake, which I find kind of a fun area to be in. And, with this movie it’s a full genre exploration, whether it be like-the movie really was inspired by movies like Escape From New York, or Aliens-Cameron’s Aliens, Robocop-y’know, that world. It’s very much a genre deconstruction in the sense that I love all the tropes, so I’m constantly trying to subvert the tropes by having them not finish as they would. So, you give them a ‘this is what would normally happen’ until you get all the energy moving in the direction of what the trope and how the trope works in the genre and then you have to, at the last second, subvert it, so that it does something else and kind of links up with another one. So, in that way I think the movie has been slightly complicated in the rendering of that tone, that idea. It’s been really fun and rewarding and really cool.

Y’know, we have the different kind of zombie types in the movie. Even in the very first conceptualizing of the movie there was gonna be these sort of evolved zombies. I thought it would be cool if there was a way to have a little bit of sympathy for the bad guy, if you will. It’s always cool when the monster-when you feel a little bit conflicted about what’s happening to the monster, right? But, that’s really hard with a straight shambler, normal zombies-it’s hard to have sympathy. In a weird way, even the guys who kill them seem like they’re doing them a favor a little bit. And, so I thought, if we were able to create this other class of zombie that was semi-conscious…we treat them kind of like wolves, like a dog. Not necessarily fully realized where they talk or anything, but they can organize. Zeus, y’know, he rides a horse (laughter) He has a staff and he’s probably the smartest of all of them. Whether he has hopes or dreams, I’m not sure (laughter). Our humans are like-they give zero fucks about his world. It’s kind of a fun relationship between him and the team. That was a fun thing to think about. Because the film, at its heart, is the relationship between Dave [Bautista] and his daughter, trying to mend their relationship throughout the course of the movie. She shouldn’t have been on the mission but she kinda tricked him into it. So, there’s this really small relationship movie about a father who abandoned his child and is trying to make it right. On top of that is pure genre mayhem insanity.

Q: And you went to the digital side…

ZACK: I did indeed.

Q: What’s that been like? How has it changed production?

ZACK: It’s been awesome, I can say that. Jared at Red Camera about two years ago gave me one of his monstros cameras to mess around with. So, I’ve been shooting with it for quite a while. And, when the movie came up, I talked to him and told him I wanted to shoot it in these crazy, low-light scenarios and would that be a thing that you-and the camera you gave me and the experiments I’ve done with it are really-it’s kind of the right tool. And also, I just felt like if I was gonna shoot the movie myself, I wanted a manageable tool. I mean, look, I was a cameraman for commercials for ten years and I shot exclusively on film and never even close to this. But, I will say that the sort of organic nature of the photography and the way I approached it has been a really fun photographic journey, I guess you could say. I haven’t felt nostalgic and remorseful over my lack of motion picture film, though I’m still a huge advocate of that format.

Q: Do you find it more efficient?

ZACK: It’s more efficient. It’s just different, y’know? A sort of different palate. We were shooting-the whole movie is wide open and don’t ever stop to put on a lens. We just shot the shit out of everything. When we shoot outside it’s all wide open all the time. So, the guys are like “yikes”. But, my camera assistants have done an amazing job. The movie’s way more in focus than I thought it was gonna be.

*proceeds to show images from the phone*

ZACK: I like operating [the camera]. [Inaudible] has done every movie since Watchmen with me and he’s the A camera operator and I’m the B camera operator. It’s been fun to shoot.

Q: You’re coming off a decade of more doing big superhero films and now you’re back doing a zombie genre pic. What does it mean to you coming from that to this now?

ZACK: Yeah, it’s fun. Y’know, we were talking about the process of making a big, giant superhero movie and then your relationship to the photographic process, even the actors and the way the camera’s working. It grows-You grow further and further away from it. Even though, I’d still draw the drawings and draw the shots, but they’re getting made further away. And that’s kind of true of all aspects of the movie. And I think for this, for me, it’s just 100 percent an organic experience where I can take hold of it as a filmmaking process, as a writing process, photographically, as a director, all the things…I find it-it’s a joy to get up and work on. There’s no real politics, there’s no real anything, just make the movie as cool as you can, that’s it. In that way, it’s super refreshing; inspiring.

Q: Deb was saying Netflix has giving you way more freedom to just make your movie…

ZACK: Yeah, collaborative, supportive. There’s been no, like-not to say that they just don’t care…they’re incredibly passionate about it, out of their minds as far as the dailies and way we’re approaching the movie. They’re not asking me…well, let’s put it this way: They’re very comfortable with the movie that I proposed to them and that’s a cool and great experience. It’s been an amazing relationship thus far.

Q: We still haven’t seen the version of Justice League that you intended…

ZACK: Sure.

Q: What’s your thoughts on that? Is there a point where you want people to focus more on what you’re doing now or what you’re going to do?

ZACK: Look, this is how I feel about it; of course I want everyone like, ‘look, I made this movie, let’s talk about it, that’s what I want, yes, there’s this new thing I made’. Hundred percent, I feel that way. But, I will say that I don’t really separate-the work to me is sort of a singular thing and sort of the process is a singular thing. Is there a relationship between this movie and my other films? Of course there is. And like, in the filmography is there a hole? Yeah, there is. That’s just a fact. And so, to have a conversation that fans and/or people who are interested in cinema and stuff be interested in what that is? I don’t know that there’s a time limit on that sort of interest. I sort of see them as two different things. I kind of feel like anyone who’s interested in that movie-whatever that movie was supposed to be and then what I’m doing now. Those things aren’t mutually exclusive. I’m pretty sure that someone who’s interested in that will go see this movie. I don’t think there’s a lot of people who are like, ‘No, no, I just want to know about Justice League and that’s it and I don’t care about what else he does.’ I don’t think that’s a thing.

So, I guess for me, I find that the people who are supportive of that aspect of whatever Justice League they’re interested in and the movie we’re making now, I feel like the relationship is only that, I made a movie and now I‘m making another movie. And so, someone that’s a fan of that, there’s a lot in this movie that they can get into and think is cool, but I don’t think it diminishes and is not meant to diminish their interest in- -Let’s put it this way, I think a lot of people in fandom have sacrificed a lot as far as maintaining their interest in that movie and I don’t want to like, not honor the commitment that people have to that and the interest they have in that, because I find it, just personally as a filmmaker and as an artist, whatever, like, incredibly cool and it makes me happy that there’s that much caring about a thing that they don’t even know what it is. So, I find that really awesome. Do I want to drag those people forward with me into the future? Of course. I definitely don’t want anyone to get this impression that I’m saying like, ‘Move on, forget about it!’ Because I think that dishonors the work that so many people have done in fandom and there’s a lot of money that’s been raised and a lot of strong relationships that have been forged out of this, whatever that is, that struggle and I don’t want to dishonor it-

DEB SNYDER: And it’s been super amazing to me how a movement which could be seen as ‘oh, we want this thing’ could create so much awareness for suicide prevention and so much money. It’s super humbling and it’s been really touching to us.

ZACK: Incredible, yeah, yeah.

DEB SNYDER: I think that fans are not only showing support for Zack’s art, but something very personal to us. It’s meant a lot to us.

Q: Do you have hope that they’ll get what they want?

ZACK: Look, as far as I know, it is what it is, but that doesn’t mean by any stretch of the imagination that it’s a completely dead subject. Every now and then something will come out or some piece of information will be shared and there’s an evolution. The truth is, y’know-I have faith in the sort of universe-it will be what it will be-so, if that were ever to happen, that’s great. But, I’m here now and shooting this and happy to do it.

Q: But, you feel the fans, right?

ZACK: A hundred percent. A hundred percent. Y’know, it has a pop culture aspect to it that I find interesting as well. This sort of Snyder Cut concept has become like a-

Q: Rob Liefeld just published a comic that has “Release The Snyder Cut” said by one of the characters…

ZACK: This is what I’m talking about.

Q: At NYCC they have a billboard in times square…

ZACK: Like I say, I can’t not say that’s awesome. You just can’t.

Q: You ever thought about just calling Ryan Reynolds and asking him to leak the film?

ZACK: (laughing) Ryan’s a good guy probably to do it.

Q: It’s Ryan that did it. He’ll take the bullet for it.

ZACK: What are ya gonna do? What’s anyone gonna do to Ryan? He doesn’t care! (laughter) Zero fucks given (laughter). Good idea.

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Ah, if only we could have time traveled from now to back then. Could you imagine the look on Zack’s face if ‘future me’ could show him his own cut of Justice League from two years later? Army of the Dead blasts its way onto Netflix on May 21st, 2021.

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New Army of the Dead trailer wants you to “always bet on dead”

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New Army of the Dead trailer wants you to “always bet on dead”
April 13, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Netflix went all out for the latest trailer for ARMY OF THE DEAD which was presented as a global virtual premiere event with a special live Q&A with director and writer Zack Snyder.

The premiere event began with Snyder welcoming us to be the first people to get a fresh look at the film and he soon joined virtually by star Dave Bautista. Snyder and Bautista gave some feedback on his character Scott Ward with the actor explaining that he was drawn to the project because it wasn’t your typical zombie film because it was very self-aware. He also liked the complexities of his character and, like most people who have worked with Snyder, he praised the director’s work ethic and commended him on being the hardest working person in the room. The duo also discussed other members of the cast and it’s clear that this group clearly liked working together. The rest of the ensemble also made an appearance during the virtual event as they each came in from various locations all over the world. Snyder also revealed that fans will be able to see the film for a week in theaters on May 14, 2021, before it makes its way to Netflix for home viewing.

Army of the Dead has been in development for years and fans will finally get to see it all come to life when the film arrives premieres on Netflix. Described as a zombie heist movie, the film follows a group of mercenaries that plot a heist on a Las Vegas casino during a zombie outbreak. In addition to Bautista, the film also stars Ella Purnell, Ana de la Reguera, Garret Dillahunt, Raul Castillo, Omari Hardwick, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tig Notaro, and Matthias Schweighofer. Check out the film’s official synopsis below:

“From filmmaker Zack Snyder (300, Zack Snyder’s Justice League), ARMY OF THE DEAD takes place following a zombie outbreak that has left Las Vegas in ruins and walled off from the rest of the world. When Scott Ward (Dave Bautista), a displaced Vegas local, former zombie war hero who’s now flipping burgers on the outskirts of the town he now calls home, is approached by casino boss Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada), it’s with the ultimate proposition: Break into the zombie-infested quarantine zone to retrieve $200 million sitting in a vault beneath the strip before the city is nuked by the government in 32 hours. Driven by the hope that the payoff could help pave the way to a reconciliation with his estranged daughter Kate (Ella Purnell), Ward takes on the challenge, assembling a ragtag team of experts for the heist. They include Maria Cruz (Ana de la Reguera), an ace mechanic and Ward’s old friend; Vanderohe (Omari Hardwick), a zombie killing machine; Marianne Peters (Tig Notaro), a cynical helicopter pilot; Mikey Guzman (Raúl Castillo), a go-for-broke influencer and Chambers (Samantha Win), his ride-or-die; Martin (Garret Dillahunt), the casino’s head of security; a badass warrior known as the Coyote (Nora Arnezeder) who recruits Burt Cummings (Theo Rossi), a slimy security guard; and a brilliant German safe cracker named Dieter (Matthias Schweighöfer). Scott finds an unexpected emotional hurdle when Kate joins the expedition to search for Geeta (Huma S. Qureshi), a mother who’s gone missing inside the city. With a ticking clock, a notoriously impenetrable vault, and a smarter, faster horde of Alpha zombies closing in, only one thing’s for certain in the greatest heist ever attempted: survivors take all.”

Zack Snyder directed and co-wrote the film alongside Shay Hatten and Joby Harold. Army of the Dead will also be accompanied by an international multi-language prequel movie directed by cast member Matthias Schweighofer, which will follow his own character, Ludwig Dieter. There is also an anime series called Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas, that will focus on the origin of Dave Bautista’s character Scott as he and a rescue crew try to navigate the mysterious beginning of the zombie outbreak in Las Vegas. Given all the material that will be accompanying the film, it seems like Netflix feels they have a real potential franchise on their hands.

Did YOU like the trailer? Army of the Dead hits select theaters on May 14, 2021, and Netflix on May 21, 2021.

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Friends: Reunion for HBO Max announces production start date

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Friends: Reunion for HBO Max announces production start date
April 2, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

After delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Friends reunion is ready to roll cameras next week. Returning for the anticipated presentation is Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and Matthew Perry, who will reunite on a Warner Bros. soundstage for the HBO Max event.

Originally, filming for the reunion was scheduled for February 2020, but Covid-19 was like, Nah, I don't think so. Sources close to the reunion have said that each star would make $2.5 million for their participation. Can you imagine getting paid that kind of money to chat with your friends for just a few hours? Celebrities, you can't take them anywhere.

The reunion special is another major get for HBO Max, whose subscriber numbers are on the rise after the release of Zack Snyder's Justice League, Godzilla vs. Kong, and soon, Mortal Kombat. While the reunion could have been filmed via the internet, Warner Bros. execs wanted to wait until the actors could be in the same room with one another. Back in March, Bob Greenblatt – then WarmerMedia Entertainment chairman said that there was "value to having a big, raucous live audience to experience these six great friends coming back together and we didn’t want to just suddenly do it on a web call with, you know, six squares and people shooting from their kitchens and bedrooms.” It's true, there's nothing quite like filming in front of an audience. Especially a crowd as loud and proud as a bunch of Friends fans. 

With cameras set to film next week, it's only a matter of time before the reunion reaches HBO Max, and oh what a time it will be. Oh, and by the way, if you're hankering for some Friends before the big to-do, all 10 seasons of the sitcom are streaming on HBO Max right now.

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The Amazing Spider-Man TV Series (1977) – Gone But Not Forgotten

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The Amazing Spider-Man TV Series (1977) – Gone But Not Forgotten
March 24, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

As far as live-action superheroes go, fans today don't know how good they've got it. With both Zack Snyder's Justice League and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier coming out recently, it's time to look back to a time when many had to make do with much less sophisticated superheroes. In the seventies, big-screen superheroes were MIA. Things were a bit better on the small screen, with shows like Wonder Woman and The Incredible Hulk doing well in the ratings. This led to the creation of this week's Gone But Not Forgotten subject, The Amazing Spider-Man. A decidedly low-tech take on the Marvel superhero, this short-lived series starred the likable Nicholas Hammond (The Sound of Music and recently Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time in Hollywood) as Peter Parker, aka The Amazing Spider-Man. Join us as we examine this campy but often endearing show.

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League: Final trailer, post DCEU plans & Marvel praise

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League: Final trailer, post DCEU plans & Marvel praise
March 14, 2021 by: Mike Catalano

UPDATE: With review embargo set to break at Noon ET tomorrow (check back for our review), Zack Snyder’s released the full, final trailer for JUSTICE LEAGUE, which makes it’s debut on HBO Max thursday.

With the week of Zack Snyder’s Justice League HBO Max premier upon us, the director sat down with the New York Times for a lengthy interview. He talked about a lot of stuff we were already aware of: why he went back to make his Snyder cut, why he left, how he went about making it come to fruition, etc. However, he also dropped some hints about what he’d be moving on to now that Warner is not continuing with his DC vision as canon, something he’s previously spoken about at length:

They consider the theatrical cut of “Justice League” as canon. That’s their decision. I wish them all the best, and I hope the whole thing is a giant blockbuster on top of blockbuster on top of blockbuster. The stars of those movies are my friends, and I want them to be prosperous, and I want people to love it.

He also teased a micro-budget future project:

I’m trying to put together this movie called “Horse Latitudes,” a super-microbudget movie that I’m going to go shoot with my buddies in South America. It’s about a man’s journey into his past and how does death shape you? Am I ready to make a movie like that? I think so.

That sounds pretty interesting. I like the idea of Snyder taking a break from giant spectacle movies and focusing on something small and personal. He also dropped some praise for what Marvel is doing with its own movie universe:

They’re doing, at the highest level, this popular action-comedy with a heart. And they have that nailed. An effort to duplicate that is insanity because they’re so good at it.

For the entire interview, you can click right here. Oh, and in case you were not yet aware, the freakin’ Snyder Cut drops this Thursday, March 18th!

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Justice League: Zack Snyder slams critics that call the fan base toxic

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Justice League: Zack Snyder slams critics that call the fan base toxic
February 4, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

There is no doubt that fandom can be toxic at times and one could accuse several fanbases of stepping into that toxicity more than others. The road to Zack Snyder’s JUSTICE LEAGUE finally arriving on HBO Max next month began when fans rallied for Snyder’s proper of the cut of the film to see the light of day after the 2017 film, which was reworked by director Joss Whedon when Snyder had to depart for personal reasons, was met with a less than enthusiastic response upon release. Fans demanding Snyder’s cut has caused some critics to call the fan base “toxic” because of the extreme movement they made via social media to make it happen but Snyder is defending those fans via a talk with “CinemaBlend” and hitting back at critics who he believes unfairly put them in that category.

“I just think that’s sour grapes. There’s really no other way to say it. We know the people who were the architects of that narrative, and it’s pretty obvious what their agenda is. Those are people that I’ve been held back from confronting, by wiser people in the room. Because I’d love to get at some of these characters. Some direct conversation would be nice. Just to say, one, you don’t know shit about what you’re talking about. And we can break down everything they’ve ever [said]. I can make a list. There’s a few of these guys where I could just get a list of everything they’ve ever said, that they thought was right, and [I could tell them] every single thing they’ve said is wrong.”

The #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement hit a fever pitch in 2020 when WarnerMedia and Zack Snyder made it official that a new and proper version of Justice League was coming to HBO Max. The end result was three long years of campaigning and actually raising money for non-profit organizations via the campaigns that were set up to get the cut released. All of this work could not be ignored by WarnerMedia which led to the decision being made to finally getting Snyder’s cut released. Some believed that this was a win for “toxic fans” who are perceived to whine until they get their way when a film’s narrative doesn’t go in the direction they anticipated. A lot of these campaigns end up being mere social media debates but they were able to make this a movement that worked. Snyder goes on to expand on why their passion for the cut wasn’t toxic and how their movement raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for causes like suicide prevention:

“And so, in what world do you have any credibility anywhere, to any- one? I would love the opportunity to just say to the world, and to fandom in general, who these fakers are and what should be done to them, or with them. It’s just a bunch of BS. In regards to that toxic fandom, or it’s ‘a win for toxic fandom,’ again, in what world does this ‘toxic fandom’ raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for suicide prevention? How is that toxic fandom? They’ve probably achieved more than any other fan base, [and done more] good than any other group. So I don’t understand.”

 In all actuality, I’d call the fan base more passionate than toxic. The #ReleaseTheSnyderCut campaign raised over $200,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention which is a cause close to Snyder’s heart since he lost his daughter Autumn to suicide. This doesn’t even take into account all the other money they raised for other charities and non-profits so if a lot of good came out of fighting to get the Snyder Cut released, perhaps it should be viewed from a more positive standpoint. 

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Justice League: Zack Snyder Cut now a 4 hour movie

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Justice League: Zack Snyder Cut now a 4 hour movie
January 17, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

In a surprising move, it looks like Zack Snyder’s JUSTICE LEAGUE will no longer be coming out as a limited series as announced in the summertime. Rather, in a recent exchange with a fan, Snyder himself, via VERO, confirmed that the film will be coming out as a four-hour movie instead. 

 An account called “What’s On HBO Max” screen captured the exchange. See below:

Zack Snyder confirms #ZackSnydersJusticeLeague will be 4 hour movie and not 4 episodes series. #TheSnyderCut opens March exclusively on HBO Max. pic.twitter.com/GM2N0G0qkt

— What’s On HBO Max (@WhatsOnHBOMax) January 17, 2021

So, what does everyone make of this? I was rather expecting to see it as a four-episode limited series, although I must admit, I’m happy it’s coming out as a movie. After all, it was designed as a feature film, so rather than cut it into forty-minute chunks, it’s probably better just to have it all come out in one go. Either way, there should be plenty of new material for fans to dig into, with reports even revealing that the film could receive an R-rating. There’s no release date yet, but it’s widely expected to hit HBO Max in March. 
 

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Justice League: Ray Fisher says he would still return for Snyder-led sequel

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Justice League: Ray Fisher says he would still return for Snyder-led sequel
January 15, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Ray Fisher, who has recently had his part in DC Films’ The Flash stripped from the film following a bout of online outrage, has said that he would reprise his role as Cyborg if Zack Snyder were to ask him to contribute to a JUSTICE LEAGUE sequel. Previously, Fisher had demanded that Warner Bros. launch an investigation into the set conditions for Joss Whedon’s Justice League. As a part of his very public complaints, Fisher claimed that Whedon exhibited “gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable”  behavior while overseeing the film. After finding Warner’s attempts to look into the matter lacking, Fisher extended his accusations to certain Warner Bros. executives, including Geoff Johns, and DC Films President Walter Hamada. If you’re interested in the details, you can read all about the ongoing exchange here.

Despite going back-and-forth as to where he stands in wanting to suit up as Cyborg for another film, Fisher recently told a fan on social media that he would gladly contribute to a Justice League sequel if Zack Snyder were to give him a call.

“I’d definitely pick up the phone,” said Fisher in his response. “There’s no way I wouldn’t pick up the phone, that’s crazy. Even if he just called me to say what’s up, that phone is getting picked up. He could be like, “Yo, I’m gonna do a Dawn of the Dead 2 and we want you to play a zombie,” I’d be like, just put me the way in the back, I’m fine with that.”

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Fisher may be at his wit’s end with Warner Bros. and key figures attached to the studio, but he appears to still have plenty of love for Snyder, who gave the actor his big break by casting him as Cyborg in Justice League. While Snyder currently has no plans to create a sequel to Justice League (or work on any other DC property for that matter), stranger things have happened. It’s entirely possible that Snyder will tap Fisher for another project down the road, even if the part isn’t as prominent as a character like Cyborg.

For what it’s worth, I do hope that Fisher can one day feel at peace with the Justice League situation. The ongoing drama certainly can’t be good for his career, and burning bridges with a mega-studio like Warner Bros. is a dangerous game indeed.

Would you like to see Snyder and Fisher team-up for another film project? Do you think a Snyder-directed Justice League sequel will ever come to pass? Let us know your thoughts and theories in the comments section below.

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Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead reveals new images

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Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead reveals new images
January 6, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Before Zack Snyder turned his attention to superheroes, he made himself known with a remake of George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. Remaking a horror classic will always be a tough challenge, but Snyder managed to put his own stamp on the story and delivered what is still considered to be one of the best horror remakes of all-time. It’s been 17 years since Snyder last unleashed his brand of zombie mayhem, but the director has returned to the genre with ARMY OF THE DEAD, and Entertainment Weekly has released a pair of new photos from the Netflix film.

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Army of the Dead is “set amid a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, during which a man assembles a group of mercenaries to take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantined zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.” That’s all I need to know. Zack Snyder added that the film is “a full-blown, balls-to-the-wall zombie heist movie, so it’s genre-on-genre in a great way. So you expect pure zombie mayhem, and you get that, 100 percent. But also you get these really amazing characters on a fantastic journey. It’s going to surprise people that there’s a lot of warmth and real emotion with these great characters.” As Snyder mentioned, although the film is certainly a zombie movie, it will be playing with more genres than Dawn of the Dead.

With Dawn, we made a zombie movie but tried to do it all the way with all of those tropes of the genre. That was so fun, so I started to think of what were other genres that story didn’t have room for. It’s this tone where you have fun with the genre but you don’t make fun of the genre — it’s a fine line.

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Netflix was so pumped about Army of the Dead that they also got the ball rolling on a prequel film (that recently wrapped) as well as an anime series. These projects will explore the how and the why of the zombie outbreak. “I’ve done a very deep dive with the why of the zombie plague and where it starts,” Snyder said. “Sufficed to say, that it does come from Area 51 — that’s in the film’s opening scene – and then the whole cast is in the animated series, along with Christian Slater as the bad guy. We really do a super deep dive on where this like zombie plague came from.” Army of the Dead will debut on Netflix later this year.

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Justice League: Zack Snyder confirms his cut features 80% new visual effects

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Justice League: Zack Snyder confirms his cut features 80% new visual effects
January 5, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

It seems like every day, there is new information about Zack Snyder’s fabled cut of JUSTICE LEAGUE. One year ago, rabid DC fans pined about redemption for Snyder after Joss Whedon’s maligned take on the Super Friends blockbuster that never was. Now, we have so much information coming about the four-part HBO Max event that we may want to change our name to JoBloSnyderCutDotCom (spoiler alert: we won’t).

The latest bit of intel comes from Snyder himself who has revealed that 80% of the visual effects in his cut of Justice League are completely new. With a budget of $70 million to complete his vision, Snyder is spending every penny to give fans what they have been clamoring for. This should come as no surprise as it was previously revealed that less than a quarter of what Snyder shot actually made it to the big screen.

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Snyder recently told ComicBook Debate that while his newly filmed footage is a small fraction of the final project, the completion of his existing footage is where the work was needed.

Cause like I say, only a very small fraction of the movie is the new stuff that I shot. But that said, I was talking to Tamra, who’s my visual effects producer, and we were talking about the fact that there is, um, like 80 something percent of the movie has never been seen by anyone. Visual effects-wise, and that’s not even including the scenes that you guys have never seen that don’t have visual effects. So that parts really exciting, and I can’t wait for everyone to experience the sort of giant scale and this adventure the way I really had hoped for everyone to experience it.

When all is said and done, Zack Snyder’s vision of Justice League is going to be more than a curiosity like Richard Donner’s cut of Superman II or even Francis Ford Coppola’s re-edit of The Godfather Part III. This looks to be a completely different movie than we have seen and hopefully a better one. While we may never see a direct sequel to Snyder’s film, it certainly should be interesting to finally witness his intended take on Justice League.

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Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot shares photo from one of her first costume fittings

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Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot shares photo from one of her first costume fittings
December 29, 2020 by: Kevin Fraser

With WONDER WOMAN 1984 now playing in theaters (and streaming on HBO Max in the U.S.), Gal Gadot has portrayed the Amazonian warrior on the big-screen for the fourth time following appearances in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, and Justice League. Gadot was first cast as Wonder Woman in December 2013, with Zack Snyder saying, “Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe. Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.” With Wonder Woman 3 already in the works, Gal Gadot took to Twitter to take a look back in time at one of her very first costume fittings all those years ago.

Found this little reminder from one of my first fittings…
Seems like ages ago but at the same time like it was just yesterday, you know the feeling?#TB pic.twitter.com/u6SnTInhqT

— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) December 27, 2020

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Gal Gadot has certainly come a long way since then and has definitely made the role her own. The recently released Wonder Woman 1984 brings the action into the 1980s and finds Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) facing off against Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) and The Cheetah (Kristen Wiig) with Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) along for the ride as well. You can check out a review of Wonder Woman 1984 from our own JimmyO right here, but be sure to tell us what you thought of the film as well!

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Jared Leto’s Joker will have a new road-weary look in Justice League

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Jared Leto’s Joker will have a new road-weary look in Justice League
November 13, 2020 by: Kevin Fraser

It’s safe to say that not everyone was a fan of Jared Leto’s take on the Joker in David Ayer’s SUICIDE SQUAD, which is why is came as a surprise when it was revealed last month that Leto was slated to reprise the role for the additional photography for Zack Snyder’s JUSTICE LEAGUE. It remains to be seen just how the Joker will factor into Snyder’s four-hour JUSTICE LEAGUE saga, but it seems that this won’t be quite the same Joker we met in SUICIDE SQUAD.

While speaking with Beyond the Trailer‘s Grace Randolph, Zack Snyder commented on Jared Leto joining the project and teased that although the film will honour the previous incarnation of the character, he will have something of a new look.

It is true. I wanted to of course honor what had been created with him because I thought it was really cool, but also in this, I’m not going to tell you what happens in the little scene, but some water has gone under the proverbial bridge between when last we saw Joker and this appearance. So he’s made some… he’s a road-weary Joker, I guess that’s a way of saying it.

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As far as Jared Leto’s reaction towards reprising the role, Snyder said that the actor “was really gracious with his entertaining my idea and I told him it was a thing that I had felt like, even when I was working on Justice League in London, I felt like was an inevitable course that the movie had to take. So when I told him it was a thing that I’d been kicking around in my head for quite a while I feel like he just kinda warmed up to this idea that was kind of an inevitable thing that kinda had to happen. I am grateful and I am forever in debt to his kindness for doing it.” Although much has been said about Snyder’s additional photography for JUSTICE LEAGUE, the director added that at the end of the day, the reshoots will only amount to “about four minutes or five minutes” for the entire four-hour series.

Zack Snyder’s JUSTICE LEAGUE will debut on HBO Max in 2021.

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