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Zachary Edward "Zack" Snyder (born March 1, 1966) is an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter, best known for action and science fiction films. Snyder made his feature film debut with the 2004 remake Dawn of the Dead and has gone on to be known for his comic book movies and superhero films, including 300 (2007), Watchmen (2009), Man of Steel (2013) and its upcoming sequel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). Snyder is the co-founder of Cruel and Unusual Films, a production company he established in 2004, alongside his wife Deborah Snyder and producing partner Wesley Coller.
Deborah Snyder (25 September 2004 - present)
Denise Snyder (? - ?) (divorced) (4 children)
Flamboyant visual style using a combination of dynamic compositions, highly-saturated color schemes and visual effects.
Often speeds-up and slows-down motion during action sequences (300 (2006), Watchmen (2009)).
Slow motion shots of a fist punching a cheek
Movies have very high body counts, sometimes accompanied with widespread metropolitan destruction (Watchmen, Man of Steel). '300' alone has an estimated body count of 585.
Films generally deal with the tragic nature of heroism.
His movies often have stunning visual effects with frequent use of slow motion
Turned down a chance to direct S.W.A.T. (2003) because it wouldn't be rated R.
Attended Art Center College of Design at Pasadena, California.
Studied visual art at Heatherlys School of Fine Art in Chelsea, London.
Directed a commercial for Subaru WRX. He used it in his debut, Dawn of the Dead (2004), as the commercial before the "Special Report" on TV.
2007 - Ranked #25 on EW's The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood.
Was interested in directing X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) but later turned it down, because he was too busy working on Watchmen (2009).
Dubbed "The Wizard" by journalist/filmmaker Chad Clinton Freeman.
He has two children with line producer Kirsten Elin.
Was 37 years old when he directed his first feature length film.
He is a very big fan of the Superman series Smallville (2001) and has included references to it in his Superman film Man of Steel (2013).
In 2001 Zack meet Joshua Henry Jones and became good friends.
Was considered to direct X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
He was considered to direct Green Lantern (2011).
In an interview with IGN, he named Star Wars (1977), A Clockwork Orange (1971) and Robocop (1987) as three of his favorite movies.
Widely considered to be one of the most polarizing directors of his generation.
Most of his films are released in March.
It's difficult to find a movie that feels true to itself. You feel the hand of Hollywood, the moviemaking by committee, on everything.
[on Man of Steel (2013)] I think it's drawing on all mythology; comic book, religion, ancient, philosophical.
[on the Superman character] All the movies I've made, I've made with a slight bit of irony. Not even a slight bit. A fair amount. But the ironic part of [ 'Man of Steel'] is that it's not ironic. You know what I mean? No tongue in cheek, no winking at the camera, no apologies. It's Superman. He deserves that. In my mind, we really had to act as if no films had been made. It's like we just found this comic book lying on the ground under a bed, and we were like, This would be a cool movie.
[For me] Superman is this adopted son, this immigrant story, this guy trying to find his place in the world. What's his purpose, what is he supposed to do, how is he supposed to be?
[promoting Watchmen (2009) and before he was hired for Man of Steel (2013)] In this world, if Superman really existed, he'd grab all the world leaders together in a room and say, 'Behave or I'll kill you.'
[on presenting his male protagonists with superhuman physiques] I have always been influenced by the fantasy art of Frank Frazetta and obsessed with the potential of humanity's physicality.