“This doesn’t make any sense”: Zack Snyder Admitted $185M Cult-Classic DC Film Was a Blunder as it’s “8-10 Years” Too Early

"This doesn't make any sense": Zack Snyder Admitted $185M Cult-Classic DC Film Was a Blunder as it's "8-10 Years" Too Early

Whenever you hear the name, Zack Snyder, what would most probably pop into your mind is a still from his cut of Batman v. Superman or The Justice League (or the fabled Snyder Cut, as it is called). But Snyder has been around for longer than that. For a whole generation, the 300 director is more than just the man behind the Snyder Cut. He has a host of films to his name, including a film inspired by DC Comics, a film which according to him was ahead of his time. 

Zack Snyder looks back at his mistake 

Zack Snyder
Zack Snyder was at the helm of a Superhero movie before grabbing the reins of the DC Extended Universe

Zack Snyder has come a long way from his humble beginnings as the director of Dawn of the Dead in 2004, becoming one of the most renowned filmmakers across the world. His involvement with the DC Extended Universe was quite a boon for him indeed.

That was not the first superhero project he handled though. Almost a decade before the release of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, came out Watchmen. The movie went on to become a cult classic in its own way. But Snyder has other views.

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A movie ahead of its time

Zack Snyder's Watchmen (2009)
Zack Snyder believed that Watchmen came out in the wrong era

Watchmen came out all the way back in 2009. Back then, the world was not as accustomed to the Superhero genre as it is now. The Marvel Cinematic Universe had only started out with the release of Iron Man in 2008 and was yet to establish a foothold for itself in the industry. It was because of this reason that Snyder opined that the time was not ripe for his 2009 flick.

In an interview on TheFilmJunkee’s YouTube channel, the 57-year-old said,

“Well look, I think Watchmen is one of those movies that was probably made about eight, ten years before it should’ve been made, by the time I made it…”

Why so? The reason is the audience.

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Zack Snyder believes that audiences have warmed up to the idea of Superhero movies

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Zack Snyder says that a film based on Watchmen comics would have performed dramatically better today

Zack Snyder believed that at the time, audiences still had to grow accustomed to the Superhero genre. Fast forward a decade, and he felt that the general audience had warmed up to the concept of this booming genre. He said, 

But I feel like now, movie audiences have caught up with comic book audiences… In that movie, the true deconstruction is appreciated now. Where at the time, it was like ‘What? This doesn’t make any sense.’ 

He is not amiss. The true beauty of his movie would be much appreciated now. An assumption that can also be deduced from the fact that Watchmen, which was far from a commercial and critical success back then, is regarded as one of the cult classics of today. 

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Source: The Direct

Written by Smriti Sneh

Smriti Sneh is a Content Writer at Fandom Wire specializing in celebrities and everything pop-culture. Being a literature research scholar from the University of Lucknow, she is cashing in on her writing skills by working in the entertainment news sector - studying literary theories by day, and navigating celebrity net worths through the night. Although you can find her writing poems at any and all hours.