Christopher Nolan’s Hot Take on Zack Snyder’s ‘Watchmen’ Unleashes Fans Still Left Fuming Over the Film’s Ruined Ending

Christopher Nolan is praising Zack Snyder's Watchmen for pushing the boundaries of superhero movies.

Christopher Nolan’s Hot Take on Zack Snyder’s ‘Watchmen’ Unleashes Fans Still Left Fuming Over the Film’s Ruined Ending

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  • Zack Snyder's cinematic journey began with Dawn on the Dead. However, it was his 2007 film 300 that truly put him into the spotlight.
  • His unexpected triumph with the historical drama paved the way for him to take on the daunting task of adapting Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen
  • However, despite the criticism, it caught the attention of renowned filmmaker Christopher Nolan, who called it ahead of its time.
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Zack Snyder’s cinematic journey began with Dawn on the Dead. However, it was his 2007 film 300 that truly put him into the spotlight. His unexpected triumph with the historical drama paved the way for him to take on the daunting task of adapting Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen, a project that had stamped filmmakers like Terry Gilliam and Darren Aronofsky.

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Watchmen

Released in 2009, the movie was known for being remarkably faithful to the source material, except for the altered ending, which has continued to be a disputable topic among fans. However, despite the criticism, it caught the attention of renowned filmmaker Christopher Nolan, who called it ahead of its time.

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Christopher Nolan Praised Zack Snyder’s Watchmen

Despite being based on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ popular comic, Zack Snyder’s 2009 film Watchmen underperformed at the box office. While it was unable to get favorable reviews, infamously due to its altered ending, it has received approval from acclaimed director Christopher Nolan.

Zack Snyder on the set of Watchmen
Zack Snyder on the set of Watchmen

The Oppenheimer director has shared that he always believed that Watchmen was “ahead of its time,” as per The Hollywood Reporter. “The idea of a superhero team, which it so brilliantly subverts, wasn’t yet a thing in movies. It would have been fascinating to see it released post-Avengers,” he said.

While the praise seems justified to many, some fans are unable to appreciate the filmmaker’s fondness for Snyder’s Watchmen adaptation. The film has been a controversial topic among fans, mostly due to its ending, which strays far away from its source material.

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A still from Watchmen
A still from Watchmen

While the comic features a giant squid attacking the city of New York, the movie follows Adrian Veidt triggering a series of nuclear explosions around the world, all while mimicking Dr. Manhattan as the culprit. And Nolan’s comment has further fueled the ongoing debate.

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Christopher Nolan’s Statement Feuled the Ongoing Debate Surrounding Watchmen

Christopher Nolan lauded Zack Snyder’s willingness to challenge the conventional superhero tropes and explore a darker and more ambiguous side of vigilantism. However, his comments have also stirred up lingering resentment among fans who have been deeply disappointed by the film’s ending.

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Christopher Nolan and Zack Snyder on the set of Man of Steel
Christopher Nolan and Zack Snyder on the set of Man of Steel

While some fans agreed with his opinion, others have reaffirmed their disdain for the film’s ending. Acknowledging that The Dark Knight director is not wrong, as Watchmen does an incredible job at challenging the superhero genre, fans also claimed that Snyder was not the right filmmaker for the job.

Many fans pointed out that there were no issues with the concept, but the way the Man of Steel director attempted to execute it on-screen. The criticism did not stop there, as others questioned if Nolan was even aware of the movie’s source material, stating, “Does he know that Snyder adapted an award-winning comic? and that he still decided to mess up the ending?”

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While Christopher Nolan is right in a lot of ways, as the movie could have found a more favorable reception in a post-Avengers landscape. However, despite its criticism, Watchmen has gained a loyal following over the years, with many even calling it the best comic book adaptation.

Watchmen is available on Max.

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Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.