Renowned filmmaker Zack Snyder, now liberated from the constraints of Warner Bros and the DC Extended Universe, shares insights into his creative journey in a Hindustan Times exclusive. Having successfully released his director’s cut of Justice League two years ago, Snyder has shifted his focus to Netflix, where he crafts original narratives like the 2021 Army of the Dead and the upcoming Rebel Moon, a space opera epic.
Zack Snyder on DCEU
Expressing his love for working with iconic characters like Batman and Superman, Snyder acknowledges the limitations that come with adapting established superhero stories. In the interview, he emphasizes the joy of creating original content, stating, “In that way, it’s liberating for me to get to create the world and set the rules.” Snyder discusses the challenges of creative freedom not only in the DCEU but also in other comic book adaptations he has undertaken.
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Navigating the Streaming Landscape While Snyder may no longer contend with major studios like Warner Bros, working with Netflix presents its own set of challenges. When faced with suggestions to trim Rebel Moon’s runtime, Snyder proposed a two-part franchise to preserve the expansive world he envisioned. Despite occasional disagreements, Snyder appreciates his collaborative relationship with Netflix, even providing both PG-13 and R-rated versions of Army of the Dead to cater to different audiences.
Rebel Moon: A New World!
A Unique Creation Rebel Moon stands as Snyder’s original creation, not adapted from any comic book. The project extends beyond a film, with plans for a graphic novel, a video game, a podcast, and an animated short and series. Snyder envisions Rebel Moon as a potential mega-franchise, with a trilogy of sequels already in the works. Inspired by fantasy movies that shaped his youth, Snyder describes Rebel Moon as a love letter to the sci-fi blockbusters of the late ’70s and ’80s, aiming to capture the same awe-inspiring impact that films like Star Wars and Aliens had on him.
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Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire is set to premiere on Netflix on December 21, promising audiences a unique and captivating cinematic experience.