In maritime tradition, if a ship sinks, all responsibility lies with the captain; he either saves those on board or dies trying. In cinematic terms, a film's director holds such a responsibility. It could be deemed that if a film is a failure, the director is accountable.
Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice isn't so much the Titanic, but it's a cinematic ship that has burst its barricades and is leaking badly after colliding heavily with the sharp iceberg of critical opinion. Anyway, enough with the nautical analogy.
'Zack Snyder Is Not The Guy That Should Be In Charge'
Director Zack Snyder has now had two shots at the DC Extended Universe, with Man Of Steel (2013) and Batman v Superman (2016). While the former received a lukewarm reception, the latter received scathing reviews, bordering on the line of vitriolic.
The question is, should Snyder be given the captaincy of the Justice League ship? One fan, Bryan Cruz, certainly doesn't think so. In fact, he's so against the idea, he's launched a petition to get the director booted off the project. In the petition — which currently has 4,000 signatures — he reasons:
Zack Snyder is not the person to bring the Justice League to the big screen. He's had two chances now to adapt DC characters and has produced middling results.
Even if you loved Man of Steel and BvS. There has to come a time when WB and DC want someone at the helm that can create something that WON'T divide people in such a way.
The building blocks are there for a great different set of superhero movies. Good actors and actresses and even directors. Zack Snyder is just not the guy that should be in charge of the biggest and most important films in the franchise. Especially with his track record now.
Box Office v Critical Reception
Cruz does have a point. If opinion is split so dramatically between those who enjoyed the movie and those who despised it, then how will Snyder fare tackling the much anticipated ensemble of DC's finest characters?
The other side of the argument that cannot be overlooked comes down to cold, hard cash. Man Of Steel made an impressive global haul of $668 million. Although critically panned, BvS has smashed records, becoming the best superhero debut ever, having already earned $468.5 million at the box office.
Despite what side of the critic v box office debate you're on, the decision ultimately lies with Warner Bros., who is unlikely to discharge Snyder, especially considering filming is set to begin on April 11th. If that is the case, fans will have to keep trust and hope that Justice League could be third time lucky.
Do you trust Snyder to direct 'Justice League'? Is he being unfairly criticized?