[Movies] Zack Snyder Responds To Joel Silver's Criticism Of Watchmen Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.03.2014
He loves that movie...
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Zack and Deborah Snyder responded to Joel Silver's criticism of Watchmen, in which he called a "slave to the material" and said that Terry Gilliam's version would have been better. Here are highlights:
Zack on Silver's criticism: "It's funny, because the biggest knock against the movie is that we finally changed the ending, right? Right, and if you read the Gilliam ending, it's completely insane. Yeah, the fans would have stormed the castle on that one. So, honestly, I made "Watchmen" for myself. It's probably my favorite movie that I've made. And I love the graphic novel and I really love everything about the movie. I love the style. I just love the movie and it was a labor of love. And I made it because I knew that the studio would have made the movie anyway and they would have made it crazy. So, finally I made it to save it from the Terry Gilliams of this world."
Deborah on the split reaction to the movie: "But it's interesting because, you're right, it's damned if you do, damned if you don't. You have people who are mad that the ending was changed and you have other people saying, "Oh, it was a slave to the graphic novel." You can't please everybody."
Zack on Man of Steel being visually different than Watchmen and 300: "No. I mean, I had a knee-jerk reaction to that script that was "this movie needs to feel like it's stone-cold real." And that was, to me, ironic and I'm always looking for some ironic element within the storytelling -- like some bit of meta. For me to get excited about it, it needs to infiltrate the movie. And for me, that was that a Superman movie would be real."