When Zack Snyder came on board the DC Cinematic Universe, it was assumed that Snyder was tasked with creating a full blown shared universe for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment. One that would rival Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe. As time has passed, there is evidence that Snyder may not have intended to launch a continuing DC shared universe. Circumstantial evidence seems to point to Snyder wanting to make single, self-contained stories.
Some have said that Snyder’s vision was more inline to what Nolan did in his Dark Knight series of films rather than the way Marvel and Kevin Feige approached the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was thought that Snyder had a specific five film series in mind where the stories he wanted to tell would be complimented by other films, like David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. In that way, it would be similar to the Nolan films which told a singular story, and had their own beginning, middle, and end. This was seemingly verified when in an exchange with a fan on Vero, he was asked about whether or not this scenario was the case and Snyder answered, simply, “Yes.“
Those close to his production team have privately confirmed that he was using the Injustice: Gods Among Us video game as inspiration. Here is the synopsis for the game:
“The storyline is set within an alternate version of the Justice League’s universe. In this reality, Superman becomes a tyrant and establishes a new world order after the Joker tricks him into killing Lois Lane and destroying Metropolis with a nuclear bomb. In an effort to stop this, Batman summons counterparts of the League’s members from another universe to join his insurgency and end the totalitarian regime.” (Courtesy of WikiPedia)
It is fair to assume that he would unlikely to do a direct adaptation, and would merely borrow elements from the game’s storyline as many comic based movies have been known to do. What is clear is that he was possibly dropping hints about a very Injustice style storyline playing out.
It was these conflicts of philosophies that may have contributed to why he and Warner Bros. would go on to bump heads so often once they previewed his early cut of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This same power struggle is what led to his power diminishing within DC Entertainment. Did the difference in visions that Snyder and DC had doom their potential or would DC had been smarter to let Snyder follow his initial plan? Opinions vary, but now is your chance to share yours with GVNation.
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