Maybe people are finally catching on. Perhaps all will finally feel right in the world. It’s taken years, but it’s possible people have figured it out: Zack Snyder is a pretty good director.
He’s long been the whipping boy for audiences wanting MCU part 2 from the DC universe, but select groups loved Batman v Superman‘s dark tone – the three hour ultimate edition is pretty spectacular – and are now making their voices heard in regards to getting him back.
Following Ben Affleck dropping out of the race to direct the upcoming solo Batman film, simply titled The Batman, a petition on Change.org has been started urging DC to sign up Snyder to direct the film.
This petition, admittedly, means absolutely nothing. It currently has over 3000 signatures and is looking for 5000, which might be about the number of the mainstream public that actually liked BvS compared to the thousands that didn’t. I doubt they’re clamouring for a Snyder return – plus, he’s directing Justice League anyway – but it’s nice to see that Snyder has some fans out there.
The petition states generic facts like “Batman is an incredibly dark character” and how Snyder has a good grasp on the tone of Batman, but doesn’t actually give particularly in depth reasoning to sway Snyder-haters into changing their minds about the former Watchmen and 300 director.
The petition seems to have arisen after BvS production designer, Patrick Tatopoulos, posted some concept art regarding the creature that was originally going to feature in Bruce Wayne’s nightmares (see below). This all seems like pretty flimsy reasoning to start a petition with no specific endgame and an oddly low number of signatures that isn’t going to make a splash in the ocean that is DC.
Snyder is likely too busy working on Justice League to care either way. He’s got a big task on his hands to placate the DCEU’s detractors, as does the eventual director of The Batman, whoever they may be.
Justice League will open on Friday, November 17.