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“I just always thought that was cool”: Zack Snyder Claims His Director’s Cut Approach Was Inspired By Robert De Niro’s 1985 Sci-Fi Movie

“I just always thought that was cool”: Zack Snyder Claims His Director’s Cut Approach Was Inspired By Robert De Niro’s 1985 Sci-Fi Movie

In this day and age, when films are popular more than ever and people are going absolutely bonkers for them, the appeal and recognition of the directors have also shot up like crazy, especially those who helm projects related to comic book films. Among them, the name of one Zack Snyder has been a topic of conversation, both in a positive and negative way from the perspective you look.

Zack Snyder
Zack Snyder

But by far, one the biggest reasons why the filmmaker is such a popular name in the pop culture circles is because of the rabid fanbase that he has managed to amass with his films in the DCEU, something that has not dwindled even after his exit from the franchise. Coming to the other reasons, one of which is the famous Release The Snyder Cut Campaign, he opened up about the film that inspired him to make them in the first place.

Robert De Niro’s Brazil Was The Film That Inspired Zack Snyder To Make Director’s Cuts

A still from Zack Snyder's Justice League
A still from Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Popular as the visionary behind the now-discontinued DCEU and the creator of cult-classic superhero blockbusters like Man Of Steel and the infamous Zack Snyder’s Justice League, filmmaker Zack Snyder knows how to deliver masterpieces that last with the audience for a lifetime. His reverence and art was the reason why his fans went to war with Warner Bros. Discovery to get the Snyder Cut released from the company’s vault. And although you may remember the impact of that film, many might not know what influenced him to make a director’s cut in the first place.

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In a recent Q&A session for his upcoming film Rebel Moon, the director was asked about what was his motive and inspiration behind making his famous director cuts of his films. He revealed that he was inspired by the 1985 Sci-Fi/Fantasy film Brazil, which starred Robert De Niro as one of the leads of the film. He revealed that the motive behind his making special versions of his films was to give the audience a new perspective on their beloved cinematic experiences from the point of view of the director’s original vision. He said:

“I was like, ‘That’s cool. That makes it a lot easier than this.’ Because it’s one of those things that I guess I was always inspired by movies like ‘Brazil,’ or there’s a great history of director’s cuts that are just cool. When I was in film school, I just always thought that was cool, that there was this other movie that you could discover. So for me, when you make a movie, you have a lot of voices in your own creative mind telling you what would be narratively just the strongest solution.”

While the release of his most famous director’s cut may have been controversial, to say the least, the end result was something worth waiting for at the end.

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What Was Brazil About?

A still from Brazil
A still from Brazil

One of the best films of 1985, Brazil was a dark comedy directed by Terry Gilliam that told the tale of a government employee named Sam Lowry, who works in the lower levels of the government in a dystopian future and has grown bored with his daily life in the office. One day, while having the same recurring dream of having become a savior of his city and a young damsel in distress, he figures out that the wrong arrest warrant has been issued, which leads to the arrest of an innocent man.

As he tries to write the wrongs of fate, he accidentally meets Jill Layton, who shockingly resembles his daydream damsel. Now, the woman of her dreams to protect and an innocent man to save, Lowry begins his journey to become the superhero he always wanted, but things don’t go as planned for him.

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Source: Slash Film


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