CEO of Stampede Ventures, Greg Silverman, who previously served as The President of Worldwide Production and Creative Development for Warner Bros. Pictures, revealed on social media that he thinks DCEU director Zack Snyder will probably not get the same level of hate from all critics if he weren’t really so accepting of the criticism that was lobbed his way. The exec of the film responded to a tweet of the fans, which suggested that if anyone other than Snyder had been on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice or Man of Steel, then even with these films being released, they would’ve been received a bit less poorly by the critics.
Greg Silverman opens up about Zack Snyder
Silverman, who served as an executive during Snyder’s time helming the DC Films, quote-tweeted the remarks to say he agreed. It was Snyder’s own “openness” that left him vulnerable to criticism, according to Silverman.
“My suspicion always was that Zack’s kindness openness and enthusiasm created an environment for critics to undervalue his work,” Silverman said. “Because he is a decent approachable humble human, he didn’t fit the mold of an auteur. Shitty. Should be the opposite.”
You can see his comment below.
I couldn’t agree more. My suspicion always was that Zack’s kindness openness and enthusiasm created an environment for critics to undervalue his work. Because he is a decent approachable humble human, he didn’t fit the mold of an auteur. Shitty. Should be the opposite. https://t.co/3OU3NC5CzL
— Greg Silverman (@gregsilverman) January 6, 2022
The total idea of the snooty, “auteur” filmmaker has fallen under fire in the past few years, but there are some who still continue to revel in the same image.
Snyder initially rose to fame as the director of George A. Romero’s zombie classic remake Dawn of the Dead (a movie that had an extended director’s cut on DVD). He then went on to adapt Frank Miller’s graphic novel 300 into a film that outperformed everyone’s box office expectations. After 300, Snyder became a hot favorite, but the stylized approach he took to the movie, combined with the content of the film itself being controversial, made him a polarizing figure for some critics and fans.
It was in 2012 when Snyder was tapped to direct Man of Steel, the new Superman film in a new franchise, and the first movie to be set outside of the continuity of 1978’s Superman. After Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s disappointing critical reception, Warner Bros. executives went on to panic, making changes to Justice League during its production, eventually leading Zack Snyder to quit the franchise after the death of his daughter as he thought that he wants to spend more time with his family, than squabbling over edits.
Since then, he has become a singular figure in pop culture, with a cult of personality around him, enjoying a devoted fanbase that follows his social media obsessively, even loving his visual style.