DC Fans Create Petitions to Boot Zack Snyder from Justice League

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 - 9:55AM
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Wednesday, 30 March 2016 - 9:55AM
DC Fans Create Petitions to Boot Zack Snyder from Justice League
Zack Snyder is quickly becoming one of the most polarizing figures in nerd culture, and while some are defending him in the wake of Batman v Superman's critical failure, an increasingly vocal contingent of fans want him out. They want him out so much, in fact, that fans have created multiple petitions to get him fired from Justice League and any other movie in the DC universe.

Batman v Superman has been a critical flop, garnering only a 29% on Rotten Tomatoes, making Ben Affleck very sad, and inspiring hilarious reviews that call it, among other things, "a storytelling disgrace," "an electric soup of CGI," and "a stink bucket of disappointment." And while there has been talk of a divide between critics and fans, die-hard DC fans have many problems with the film as well, especially the divergence from established Superman and Batman mythos. So after the critical failures of Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, fans have had enough, and there are now at least five petitions on Change.org calling for Snyder to get the boot (and one for him to stop making movies period). 

The one that's gaining the most traction (it has over 5,000 signers as of this writing) is called "Boot Snyder off of Justice League":

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Zack Snyder is not the person to bring the Justice League to the big screen. He's had two chances now to adapt DC characters and has produced middling results.

Even if you loved Man of Steel and BvS. There has to come a time when WB and DC want someone at the helm that can create something that WON'T divide people in such a way.

The building blocks are there for a great different set of superhero movies. Good actors and actresses and even directors. Zack Snyder is just not the guy that should be in charge of the biggest and most important films in the franchise. Especially with his track record now.
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The second most popular has over 600 signatures so far, and is even more ambitious, calling for the removal of Snyder from the DCEU altogether (he's also an executive producer on The Flash and Aquaman and is set to direct Justice League part 2):

Opening quote
This guy has already doomed the franchise with two critical flops in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman. He's a great visual artist, but cannot tell a good story. The only chance of redemption for DCEU is to hire a director who's not as polarizing as Snyder, who understands the characters well, doesn't make them roam away from their mythos and balance the tone of the future movies.
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Honestly, Zack Snyder really shouldn't be directing any more DC films. Batman v Superman essentially proved that he can't make anyone happy; it would only make sense to diverge so far from the mythos if he could make a movie that critics would love, and would become a mainstream crossover. In turn, it would only make sense to make a CGI mess if it were at least true to the characters and would make comic book fans happy.

And even if he had done a good job, it's just time to get some new blood in there. Joss Whedon is a great director and did an amazing job with Avengers, but you could practically feel his fatigue once Age of Ultron rolled around. Having lots of creative minds around to check each other can only be a good thing, and it's time to give someone else a chance. I vote for Michelle MacLaren, who has proved herself to be a wonderful director time and time again (far more than Snyder has, as a matter of fact), and who was already judged worthy to direct Wonder Woman.

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