Zack Snyder is M. Night Shyamalan is George Lucas.
As a man often involved in a variety of fandoms at any given time this was once my perspective on these men who all too often are the subject of internet ire for their creative decisions. A movie comes out, the style is met with scorn and a thousand different memes are born in the aftermath of a project many worked for months on.
“What a douche,” a friend would say.
“He’s such a hack,” an acquaintance uttered.
“In a just world this man would be banished to the desert, never to be able to work again,” I would say of Snyder.
But then life took me in another direction as it had before.
In the runup to the release of his version of 2017’s Justice League on HBO Max the Wisconsin-born director sat down with Vanity Fair for a look at his take. He also talked about the tragedy of his daughter’s suicide which resulted in him walking away from the effort and a general look at who he is in an often-ridiculous industry.
As it turns out, the master of grim, dark, slow-motion and gritty is a pretty nice dude.
“For those of us lucky enough to know him … he’s a very soulful, kind, thoughtful human being,” Scott Stuber, head of original films at Netflix said in the piece. “He’s got this façade … but there’s a sweet kindness to him.”
So, having grown I want to say as I have before I am sorry for how I have spoken about this man. I may not agree with some of his creative choices, but, like Shyamalan and Lucas he is still a human being at the end of the shoot. They all have their good moments, periods of being lost in the wilderness and times of utterly confusing choices.
It is time we all realized this about them and the other lightning rods out there in our culture.
Photo: Zack Snyder speaking at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con International, for “Warner Bros. Pictures”, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.