All you really need to know about the relationship between Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. right now is that he took Army of the Dead to Netflix. It’s been clear, ever since the release of his Justice League Snyder Cut, that things were strained between both parties, with the director talking quite a lot about it publicly. That trend continues in a recent interview with Uproxx, which makes it sound like the process of working with WB was a nightmare…
“Oh god yeah. God yeah. It was cool to do the Snyder Cut of “Justice League,“ and that was fun and everything. But Warner Bros. still tortured me the whole time for whatever reason; they can’t help it. I don’t know why I’m such a fucking pain in their ass because I’m not trying to be, honestly,” Snyder said.
He continued, “I don’t want to get in trouble either, but I’m not going to sit here and let them act like that and not… Look, they’re the ones that have been aggressive, not me. I haven’t done anything. Every day they’d turn around and do some weird passive-aggressive thing.”
On the plus side, he’s really happy that fans got to see his final cut of the superhero movie, and it must have been satisfying that it was better received than Joss Whedon’s version…
“But look, like I say, I had a great time making “Justice League.” I’m super glad I got to finish it,” Snyder added.
If this is truly how things went down, I have a feeling WB felt backed into a corner by fans, and they took out their frustration on Snyder. Just speculation on my part.
Things are looking up for Snyder now as Army of the Dead looks to be a franchise he and Netflix will grow. There’s the prequel film Army of Thieves starring breakout character Ludwig Dieter played by Matthias Schweighöfer, and the animated film Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas voiced by the original cast.