“No one wanted to make it”: Zack Snyder’s Canceled Comic Book Project Was So Dark It Makes ‘Watchmen’ Look Like A Christmas Movie

Despite Watchmen being considered Snyder's dark magnum opus, his proposed sequel to 300 would've proven even more visceral.

"No one wanted to make it": Zack Snyder's Canceled Comic Book Project Was So Dark It Makes 'Watchmen' Look Like A Christmas Movie


  • Zack Snyder is a notable contributor to comic book films, leaving a lasting legacy in the genre.
  • Despite his departure from Warner Bros. due to creative and executive differences, many fans of superhero films agree that his vision was one of a kind for DC Comics.
  • Snyder's most prized project is arguably his most famous, 2009's Watchmen, which captured the imagination of every audience member.
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When it comes to leaving a legacy in comic book films, the most notable contributions to that genre were made by Zack Snyder. Despite his unjust departure from Warner Bros. Discovery due to creative and executive differences, many fans of superhero films agree that his vision was truly one of a kind for the characters of DC Comics.

Zack Snyder on the sets of Batman Vs. Superman
Zack Snyder on the sets of Batman Vs. Superman

Along with his contributions to DC Films, he’s also made movies that have been regarded as masterpieces, most notable among which is his timeless classic Watchmen. But despite being one of the most dark and gritty comic book projects that people have seen, he recently revealed that he also had plans to make a sequel to his 300 series with a film titled Blood and Ashes. 

Zack Snyder Wanted To Create An Even Darker Film Than Watchmen With 300’s Sequel Project

Zack Snyder on the sets of Watchmen
Zack Snyder on the sets of Watchmen

While his major milestones may be revered for his contributions to the DCEU, filmmaker Zack Snyder boasts of a very diverse resume when it comes to making films. From historical dramas to peak fiction and everything in between, the director has left his mark on everything. But when it comes to superhero cinema, his most prized project can be attributed to 2009’s Watchmen.


Known for being gritty and rustic to the core, some people hail it as his darkest creation yet. But there was another film that might’ve made it look like a children’s film if it had ever been made.

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In a recent interview with The Hollywood ReporterThe Army of the Dead director opened up about a sequel project that he had created as a sequel to his critically acclaimed film 300. This project, named Blood and Ashes, would’ve been a homoerotic story about Alexander The Great and his second in command, Haphaestion. 


He said that when the project was proposed to WB, they did not want to make it because it was supposed to be extremely visceral and violent. But since leaving the company, he has required the rights to the project. He said:

“We got the rights back so we can make if we want it. I don’t know what the marketplace is for an incredibly homoerotic, super violent, super sexual movie. But maybe it’s perfect. No one wanted to make it, it was too weird. We really went for it, too.”

While the project may not have seen the light of day before, the time for a film like this has never been perfect until now, as stated by the filmmaker himself.

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Why Is Watchmen Considered A Masterpiece?

A still from Watchmen
A still from Watchmen

Arguably the greatest superhero film ever made, Snyder’s Watchmen captured the imagination of every single audience member into thinking about what makes and takes to be a superhero.

Beneath the generic notion of saving people, the underlying notion of sacrificing the few in favor of the many was always part of the film, and symbolisms of the film with reality gave it a very grounded premise to work with. With the filmmaker’s signature dark tone and the gritty nature of the comics, the movie became an instant classic in the genre.

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Watchmen, streaming on Max.

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